Thursday, December 19, 2013

Winter wonderland..

I slipped away for a day to go to a friends party in beautiful, snow covered Denver. I am suffering from a serious case of snow~envy now, a blanket of snow makes the world look so calm, clean and tranquil. As an added treat, my other dear friend was there, flocking the house with beautiful decor. She managed to bring the peaceful beauty of a winter wonderland indoors, and left me with only one little task to do. 

Blizzardy white was the color scheme, with a bit of green and silvery frost added in here and there. 

Yards of luxurious faux white mink fur

 blanketed the tabletops, 

reminding me of the snowy fields outside.

Pure white candies filled apothecary jars, drawing attention to the dessert buffet.

Frosty twigs and pinecones brought a natural forest flair to the table as well.

These Birch faux bois cocktail napkins were the perfect touch. 

Vignette's throughout the house deepened the feeling of the peaceful beauty of a wintery forest.

Lighted twig snowflakes danced on the walls outdoors.

Okay, here was my little creation… for the signature cocktail we concocted batches of Sage Gimlets and called them Jingletinis. I had brought back these sleigh bells to give to the children, see them in the Something for Everyone Gift Guide, but we gave them a little trial ride by tying them to the cocktail trays and they jingled all the way around the party.

As is the case with many parties, the majority of the guests stayed in the kitchen for most of the evening. In anticipation, Ms. B built a "window box" using white fiberboard and filled it with a hedge of paperwhites to conceal the view of the sink and appliances.

Food was displayed in front of the window box, on glass, silver and white containers, with a scattering of trees, white orbs, glassy babies and candles. When the lights went down it looked like a little village in a valley surrounded by snowy hills.

Ms. Brost did an incredible job, as always, don't you think? I've included links to products you can use to create this effect in your abode, but if you'd prefer to turn it over to the pro, contact my friend, Libby Brost,, she'll create something fun and festive in your home anytime of the year. 

Do you have any snow yet?  This poem Snow Storm by Ralph Waldo Emerson, really captures what I am dreaming of…

“Announced by all the trumpets of the sky,
Arrives the snow, and, driving o’er the fields,
Seems nowhere to alight: the whited air
Hides hills and woods, the river and the heaven,
And veils the farm-house at the garden’s end.
The sled and traveller stopped, the courier’s feet
Delayed, all friends shut out, the housemates sit
Around the radiant fireplace, enclosed
In a tumultuous privacy of Storm.”

To read the complete poem, visit The Poetry Foundation


Linda @ DesignInMyView said...

Emily, the mink table cloths - wow! Your "with bells on" gimlets were a hit I am sure. :-)

How nice to steal away for a snowy destination party.
Either your at home "to do's" were super organized before you left, or nonessential elements were easily deleted from the list when you returned.

Cheers to you and Merry Christmas!

designchic said...

Wow...truly a winter wonderland. Just LOVE the urns filled with the furry sticks, I think. What ever it is I love!! So glad you were able to have a quick getaway!

I Dream Of said...

Oh what fun! How lovely that you could slip away to a winter wonderland for such a gorgeous bash. And - I think I will need to celebrate today's snowfall with a Jingletini! Isn't it beautiful? Hope you enjoy it while it lasts! XOXO

Splendid Market said...

Linda, it did set me back a little, but well worth it! The fur was a wonderful addition. The Gimlets were refreshing, they garnished them with a sugared sage leaf.

DC, they were just some sort of furry sticks, but they looked beautiful in masse.

Jeanne, what should I wish for next? Just more snow, I'd much prefer it to the rain they are forecasting. Cheers!

Melinda Burdo said...

Beautiful. The jingle bell trays are so clever and the jingletini even better. And now, you have a real snow, all for yourself in little ol' Seattle.

Teresa Hatfield ~ Splendid Sass said...

No surprise that everything is beautiful!! Such a winter wonderland has been created here!

Karena Albert said...

Emily we have had just a bit of snow, more coming in this weekend! I love the faux furs as table toppers!

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Splendid Market said...

We did receive a dusting or so today, hoping that we will get more snow and not the cold rain they are forecasting, so nice MB.

TH, she did do a beautiful job, inspiring.

Karena, I'm so jealous! Enjoy!