Last month Louis Guerra Design worked with Kraft Event Management to create a "Winter Wonderland" themed event for a client who was celebrating his wife's landmark birthday. A snowflake on the event's Save the Date card was our design inspiration, and we carried this theme throughout all aspects of the event.
We started by projecting giant twirling snowflakes on the facade of the couple's elegant home and, to add to the snowy ambience, we illuminated the walkway with white pillar candles in glass hurricanes.
When the guests entered the home, they were ushered into the two-story family room, which served as the main party space. There they were greeted by more twirling white snowflakes projected onto the room's pale blue walls, as well as a forest of towering white birch trees that we created with actual
We decorated the trees with glittering silver snowflakes of various sizes and styles, icicles, hanging crystals and live white phalaenopsis orchids. In keeping with our theme, we dusted the bases of the trees in white "snow" and up-lighted the trees in a wintery blue. The trees twinkled with small, white LED lights that we placed in the branches.
We continued the "Winter Wonderland" theme throughout the party space by hanging "curtains" of snowflakes and icicles in the windows.
We rounded out the theme by using silvery linens (called "liquid lame") on all the cocktail tables, which we decorated with antique silver votives and beautiful, lush arrangements of white orchids and dusty miller in soft gray. This complimented the fireplace mantle on which we displayed a lovely assortment of silver candlesticks and several arrangements of white orchids.
The client was very pleased and, judging from the wife's reaction, we think she was too. She told us to expect a call later in the year when her husband celebrates his landmark birthday.
Thanks to Michael S. Barr for his great photographs.