Pretty Palettes for Winter Parties

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orange winter bridal shower

Even though the holidays are wrapping up and the new year is right around the corner, winter has actually only just begun! (on December 21st to be exact!)

I was browsing the Flickr gallery from last year’s holiday entertaining contest recently and wanted to share a couple {very pretty} parties & mood board entries that are great inspiration for winter-based bridal showers, baby shower, and other grown-up celebrations.

This first idea comes from photographer Tammy Mitchell and stars a vibrant orange hue – which probably isn’t the FIRST shade to come to mind for winter parties… but it looks fabulous when paired with festive accents of silver & white! This would also be a great look for New Year’s Eve – especially if you already have silver ball ornaments, candlestick holders, and other silver & white decor on hand from Christmas!

orange winter bridal shower

This next palette is a more traditional winter combo of Silver & Soft Blues – but it’s brought to life in SUCH a pretty, chic way in this inspiration board by Brenda of Brenda’s Wedding Blog.

orange winter bridal shower

The silver birds nest place card holders are way too cute! You can recreate a similar look yourself with some wooden craft nest & twigs + metallic silver spray paint. Then add silver & blue candies for “eggs”, tiny white birds (available at most craft stores), and a small piece of paper for guest names or a celebratory message.

I’m also loving the dainty arrangement of blue tissue paper flowers…there’s so much great inspiration in this board to kick-start a gorgeous winter bridal OR bird-themed baby shower! {Click here for the full list of image credits & resources.}

And for more festive winter party eye candy, click here to browse the entire Inspire Me! Holiday Entertaining Contest gallery.

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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.

21 responses to “Pretty Palettes for Winter Parties”

  1. Molly says:


  2. jori says:

    I would love to find orange chargers like those!!

  3. Gorgeous ideas! Love the orange and turquoise cupcake!

  4. Kim says:

    Ooh! That fur wrap is amazing! Everything in the winter wedding is gorgeous!

  5. Heather says:

    Awesome stuff! I love the orange! What a great color pop for winter.

  6. Sherrie says:


  7. Sherri Jorgensen says:

    Love this party color scheme!

  8. Jeannie says:

    Beautiful! And CONGRATS to Jenn for making San Diego Magazine’s 50 people to watch in 2010! :) Nice write-up and a great picture!

  9. Sandra @ says:

    Of course, I love the tangerine orange Chinese Take-Out box favors. A very nice touch using them as a napkin holder and favor box.

  10. Pam Walter says:

    The orange and white is really stunning! I would not have thought that orange could look so elegant.

  11. jenn s. says:

    Thanks, Jeannie! I was feeling a little self conscious about the pic being 6 months pregnant & all, but am really grateful/excited about the feature :)

  12. Brenda says:

    Thank you so much Jenn – what a great start to 2010 to be featured on your blog. I’m totally stoked and honored.

  13. Rowaida Flayhan says:

    You are really amazing, and such an inspiration.
    Do you have a book?
    Thank you
    Bonne chance!

  14. jenn s. says:

    Brenda – You’re very welcome! :)

    Rowaida – Thanks so much for the sweet comment! Don’t have a book now, but hope to one day!

  15. What a fun surprise to see this on the blog today. Thanks so much! It made my day! :) Can’t wait for the next contest. :) Congrats on the feature in SD mag and on the new little one arriving in 2010!! :)

  16. sansku says:

    love the orange, white and silver theme!

  17. Julianne says:

    The orange and silver is very elegant!

  18. Stephanie says:

    I absolutely love the orange…so MOD and chic.

  19. Rochelle says:

    Love the Silver & Soft Blues theme!

  20. Nicole-Lynn says:

    Love the pop of color! So pretty.