Last weekend my heartmate and I opened up the beach house and welcomed our first set of guests since renovations finished at the property. The reason? We were throwing our holiday party which was kindly sponsored by Moen! Over the past few months I’ve shared the whole planning process for the party, from the design direction and the tablescape theme, to the party playlist and my outfit inspiration for the soiree! Today, I’m sharing images from the beach house so you can see how I styled the space to reflect my love of Scandinavian design, what I wore, and the signature cocktail that was served!
The day before the holiday party I hosted a Facebook Live from the beach house (watch it here) and I talked a lot about the centerpiece decision for the tablescape. I decided to go for an arrangement of seasonal red berries and eucalyptus, and I displayed them with plenty of height so that the foliage was above the line of sight for guests. This was important to me because I wanted our guests to be able to be a part of a conversation no matter where it was happening on the table. With an arrangement of this size it meant that anything too low would have obstructed guests’ view of one another.In the live stream I also talked about how my design direction for the party was influenced by two things: a desire to create an organic and textural environment for the party, and my love for Scandinavian design. To achieve this I used simple evergreens and touches of foliage against a calm and neutral canvas. The result was a simple, stylish and festive environment for our guests. I loved how the natural textures and colors of the evergreens, berries and eucalyptus really ‘popped’ against the white washed floor and shiplap on the walls. My favorite scented candle (it’s this one, if you’re interested!) and gently flickering tea lights in candle holders I bought back from my recent trip to Copenhagen, helped to set the mood and make the party feel cozy.Soft linens and a palette of green, white and black with a peppering of metallics completed the tablescape. When it comes to a holiday table, don’t be afraid of using mixed metallics – they are the perfect way to add festive cheer and sparkle to the occasion!It was so nice to set the dining room up for the first time since renovations completed at the beach house. We had to keep pinching ourselves that it was really happening! We love to entertain but it’s not that practical in our small one bed rental in the city, so to finally have the space to invite a group of our friends over felt very special. I love how the dining room looked all dressed up for the party, don’t you?!We served a French 75 as our signature cocktail. Here’s how to make them at your own holiday party this season:
– 2 ounces gin
– 1 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
– 2 teaspoons simple syrup
– Champagne or prosecco
– Lemon spiral for garnish
1. You can either use a cocktail shaker or mix this straight in the flute it will be drunk out of. Start by filling a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake the gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker for 10-15 seconds. Then, strain into a champagne flute. Alternatively, skip the ice and add the ingredients to your flute and stir.
2. Next, top up with champagne/prosecco and stir gently. Garnish with a thin lemon spiral.
I love how simple this cocktail is. You can also substitute the gin for vodka so it makes for a versatile drink to serve if you have guests with different liquor preferences. Happy Holidays, everyone! Thanks so much for following along with the party planning these past few months, and thanks again to Moen for their kind partnership on the project. Cheers!// Styling & photography by Will Taylor | Posted in partnership with Moen