A Winter Holiday Soiree

I’ve posted a number of winter wedding inspiration boards this week and last, so when my sweet friend Janie at The Bride’s Cafe asked if I’d like to share this winter holiday shoot with you here on Snippet & Ink, I jumped at the chance. And that was before I’d even seen the photos! Created by some wonderfully talented ladies, including Janie, Courtney from Merriment Events, and Katie from Open Air Photography, this lovely shoot is exactly what I love – beautiful and thoughtful without being overdone. Whether you’re looking for inspiration for your winter wedding or for next week’s holiday party, you’ll definitely find some great ideas here…


The tree was decorated with pine cones and mercury glass ornaments hung with jute twine.


Courtney created this garland by stamping the letters on vintage tags, then stringing them on jute twine.


Vintage sheet music can be found throughout the shoot, from accordion “garlands” on the mantle, to paper pinwheels, to gift wrap. (Can you see the name on that gift tag? It’s Kathryn! How much did that make my day!)


Gifts were also wrapped with kraft paper and tied with gold ric rac, upholstery ribbon, or green satin. This one was embellished with vintage skeleton keys.


The mantle was decorated with various flowers in mercury glass vases and a vintage box filled with jute twine and silver ornaments. Silver serving trays were hung on the wall above the mantle – what a simple and effective way to fill up wall space!


Janie decorated the table with white amaryllis, French anemones, Victoria white ranunculus, supergreen parrot tulips, and white peonies all in mercury glass vases. Using only one type of flower in each vase allows each flower to stand out, and is simple solution for centerpieces. The amaryllis arrangements are rather tall, so they can be removed once guests are seated to allow for conversation across the table.


The menus were lettered in the shape of a star, and embellished with little stars made of sheet music.


Menus and place cards were calligraphed by Jen at Pretty Pen Jen, using gold ink on ivory paper.


Croquembouche is a perfectly dramatic and appropriate dessert choice for a winter wedding or party. This one, created by Jenny at Sweetest Thing Bakery, is drizzled in white chocolate.


For the winter brides out there, a bouquet of white peonies, gray dusty miller, nearly black privet berries, and tied with beautiful striped French wire ribbon.

Thank you so so much to all of these talented ladies for sharing this beautiful winter shoot with us – now I can’t wait to throw a holiday dinner party! I hope we’ll be able to have all of you back on Snippet & Ink again very soon.

Photography: Katie Stoops at Open Air Photography

Styling: Courtney Spencer at Merriment Events / Little White Book)

Flowers: Janie Medley at JM Flora / The Bride’s Cafe)

Calligraphy: Pretty Pen Jen

Cake: Sweetest Thing Bakery

Hair and makeup: Sarah Valentine at Mango Hair Salon

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