In early autumn this year, I sent ‘Save the Date Christmas Dinner Party’ calendar invitations to my closest friends in the UK on whim. At the time, my sole intention was to save us from the debate about where to go and the imminent struggle of finding a table for 6 at a good restaurant – given our usual last minute decision-making. Needless to say, the ‘super excited let’s make everything pretty and girlie’ party planner within me totally took over the idea. A few weeks and plenty of pretty colourful decorations later, we all had such a lovely evening together, that I suggested doing it again during Spring/Summer next year. With a few nods to the idea so far, this could very well be the start of a lovely tradition among friends! Given the numerous party ideas buzzing around in my mind pretty much all day long, every day, our at home dinner parties can only get better in the future!
While I’m keeping the shenanigans of the party between my friends and I, I’m delighted to share a few photos of the decor with you as it’s all very much what 18 Chelsea Mews blog is about. Yep, you got it… All things bright & beautiful! See also my handmade invitations here if you missed that DIY post.
BEHIND THE SCENES
Not only was the party tons of fun but I had an awesome time with the planning and preparation too. From the planning of the menu to the designing and making of the invitations, and every little other design detail was a great deal of fun for me to work on. Who knew pom-pom making and ribbon shopping could be so much fun?!
Of course no well planned event goes off without a hitch, and my lovely little party was no exception. Thankfully, there were no real problems, just a few little annoying struggles. Like when I found these gorgeous glittery letters in Marks & Spencer and decided, at the last minute, to use them instead of name plates for my guests as we all have a different first initial. Lo and behold, I couldn’t find the letter A in gold. It was also sold out in silver, and bronze (as if that really mattered)… it was only available in red. RED, the one colour that had absolutely no place in my Christmas table decor. Gee thanks! This kind of thing annoy and excite me in equal measures. Annoyed for obvious reasons, but then I really enjoy the challenge of solving problems like these with little time to spare.
Hope you enjoyed the pics!