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A {Gorgeous} California Christmas – Part 2

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Christmas Dinner Party Wedding Ideas

In continuation of Monday’s California Christmas Part 1 {covering the tablescape & paper details} – I’m excited to share Part 2 of this wonderfully creative holiday party with you… so get ready to check out some truly fabulous holiday desserts, party decor, and party favor/activities! I mean – seriously – how often do you get to leave a Christmas party with a brand new tan, right?! More on that later…

Christmas Dinner Party Wedding Ideas

Warning: There’s so much great eye candy to take in ahead – I hope you’ve got some time on your hands! And speaking of candyfirst up is DESSERT!

The dessert table was filled with treats like Gingerberry Cakesicles, pistachio-flavored “Winter Mint” Macarons, and mini Eggnog Latte and Hot Cocoa – all courtesy of Cupcakes Couture. Incredibly detailed edible ornaments adorned a bouquet of winter-y branches, while a “merry & bright” banner from JoyfulJoyful hung above it all.

Cupcakes Couture

Cupcakes Couture

Some of the balsa wood snowmen from Carissa’s Couture Holiday Collection helped dress up the table. (I seriously love these little guys! Such a cute decor idea for winter bridal or baby showers too.)

Cupcakes Couture

And to wash down all those sweet treats… a choice of “Winter Glow” Mulled Cider or Holiday Hot Cocoa:

Cupcakes Couture

Personalized edible gift tags from “Cali Claus” were attached to each of the cider glasses, while cute snowflake marshmallows adorned the cocoa mugs.

Cupcakes Couture



As a perfect compliment to the beautiful tablescape, more rustic-meets-modern elements were carried throughout the entire party space. Since a picture is worth a thousand words, I’ll just let a few more of those do the talking:

Christmas Dinner Party Wedding Ideas

Christmas Dinner Party Wedding Ideas

Here’s the front courtyard scene that guests were greeted with when they arrived…

Christmas Dinner Party Wedding Ideas

On the left side of the picture above, you can see part of the amazing grapewood branch tree that displayed some of Carissa’s beautiful handmade ornaments, which also doubled as take-home favors!

Christmas Dinner Party Wedding Ideas

Christmas Dinner Party Wedding Ideas

As pretty as everything was, there was one specific “decoration” that easily took the cake!

Christmas Dinner Party Wedding Ideas

Unfortunately, Carissa’s too-adorable miss Bossy did not double as a take-home party favor though. Sigh…


Can you believe there’s still more stuff to cover? My web guy would be seriously cringing if he caught me putting this many images into a single post. Oops! Just. Can’t. Help. Myself. So – onto the favors/activities we go…

Courtney from Ka-mil-yin set up a cool scent station where each guest could create their own custom holiday scent for hand soap, lotion, and body scrub. (That’s the lovely Jen from Green Wedding Shoes mixing up her scent above.) This is such a fun activity idea for bridal showers and other girlie events!

Let it GLOW, let it GLOW, let it GLOW.
You know that thing I mentioned in the beginning of this post about coming home with a tan? Yeah… I wasn’t kidding!

The sweet Danielle from Plush Tan was there to give guests a {healthy} sun-kissed glow! This was the first time I’ve had a spray tan and now I know what all the fuss is about. Talk about instant gratification – or maybe more appropriately – instant beautification!


Host & Producer: Leila Khalil of Be Inspired PR
Floral & Design: Carissa Jones of JL Designs
Event Design: Cortnie Purdy of Canvas and Canopy
Photography: Leo Patrone
Stationery: Wiley Valentine
Desserts: Cupcakes Couture
Food: Contemporary Catering
Scent Station: Kamilyin
Furniture: Found Vintage Rentals
Let It Glow Tanning Station: Danielle Crouch of Plush Tan
Banner: Joyful Joyful


BIG THANKS again to Leila at Be Inspired PR for hosting such a fun night, to Cortnie and Carissa for dreaming up such a beautiful design to enjoy, and to the many other wonderful & generous vendors that were involved with this event!

Want more “California Christmas“? Check out these additional recaps on the blogs of some of the other {fabulous} attendees: Green Wedding Shoes, 100 Layer Cake, and Grey Likes Weddings!

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POSTED BY:jenn s.JENNIFER SBRANTI is the Founder and Creative Director of Hostess with the Mostess®, a hip and modern party planning resource.

18 responses to “A {Gorgeous} California Christmas – Part 2”

  1. Very inspiring! Lots of eye candy!

  2. Kari says:

    So amazing!! I love the edible ornament tree and wood flower snowmen!

  3. Joanne says:

    What kind of a dog is that? she’s a beauty but her face and ears don’t match one breed, at least not one I know. I’m assuming she’s a mix, but of what?

    Love the whole party – lots of inspiration.

  4. Candi says:

    Every thing looks so gorgeous. So many great ideas. Would love to attend a party like this one.

  5. The ornaments are to die for! Such a fab Holiday party!!!

  6. Heather says:

    LOVE it all! Sharing on my fb fanpage, pirates-n-princesses.

  7. JL_DESIGNS says:

    LOVE the way you laid this all out jen! so glad you toasted the season with us! xoxoxox, c

  8. jacin says:

    wow this is out of this world amazing!!!

  9. What a fabulous Holiday party!

  10. Jenn, I’m OBSESSED with your lay out!! Loved all the little details from that night & you showed them so well. Thanks again for being a part of our event!

  11. Jackiefo says:

    I absolutely LOVE the branches with the ornament cookies – so cute!!

  12. Michelle says:

    If i didnt have a christmas tree already..I would def have done a little tree like this for my apartment. Its adorableee

  13. Thanks so much for the post! I love your site…so many great ideas!

  14. NDales says:

    The scent station was an incredible and unique idea!

  15. Peggy says:

    Just stopping by to let you know I featured this project on my Christmas tree craft collection.
    Please grab a featured button from my side bar when you get a chance. Thanks