13 Dec

A {Gorgeous} California Christmas – Part 1

Christmas Dinner Party Wedding Ideas

I’m so excited to share this gorgeous holiday party with you! There’s such great inspiration for Christmas dinners – even winter weddings – to be found here. I attended this get-together last weekend – and it was so much fun to actually see the talents of several amazing vendors up close and personal, and also to meet the lovely guests, which included bloggers, designers, and other wonderfully creative Southern California-based vendors from the wedding & event industry.

Christmas Dinner Party Wedding Ideas

Hosted by Leila of Be Inspired PR, the rustic-meets-modern “California Christmas” theme was concepted & designed by Carissa of JL Designs and Cortnie of Canvas and Canopy, and incorporated beautiful stationery elements by Rachelle of Wiley Valentine. (So not really surprising that it turned out so beautiful, right?!)

There are so many amazing images (courtesy of photographer Leo Patrone) and inspiring ideas to share that I’m breaking this feature into 2 parts. The holiday cocktail and fabulous dinner table will be covered here in Part 1, and Part 2 will feature the party decor, dessert table, and activities/favors.

Christmas Dinner Party Wedding Ideas

So here we go with part 1, starting with the fun signature drinks that greeted guests right as they arrived: Icicle Mint Mojitos with candy “icicle stirrers” and the beautifully garnished Jingle Berry “on the rocks”.

Christmas Dinner Party Wedding Ideas

Here are some of the lovely stationery elements by Wiley Valentine: I fell in love with the swirly font that Rachelle used and had to look it up! In case you’re curious too it’s called “Affair” and is available at several typeface websites.

Christmas Dinner Party Wedding Ideas

Christmas Dinner Party Wedding Ideas

Next up, the amazing tablescape and place settings, which was set up in Carissa’s courtyard on a cool, extra-long vintage table from Found Vintage Rentals.

Christmas Dinner Party Wedding Ideas

The florals were designed by Carissa, who just set up a brand-new holiday shop where several of the beautiful elements used throughout this entire party are available for purchase!

Christmas Dinner Party Wedding Ideas

I have to say that there really is something about seeing your name on a place card that make guests feel extra-special!

Christmas Dinner Party Wedding Ideas

And that cool accent on top of the striped napkins? It’s a “ribbon braid“! Ya… Cortnie really isn’t short on creative ideas! Summer from Grey Likes even turned the braid into a nice fashion statement… (pictured here with event designer Jesi Haack):

Christmas Dinner Party Wedding Ideas

Christmas Dinner Party Wedding Ideas

The dinner table sat below a ridiculously cool manzanita chandelier that was adorned with capiz garlands and balsa wood flowers!

Christmas Dinner Party Wedding Ideas

The dinner was delicious and was catered by Contemporary Catering. I don’t have pictures of the actual entrees, but here’s a shot of some of the appetizers to give you a feel for their fantastic presentation… almost too pretty to eat!

Christmas Dinner Party Wedding Ideas

Needless to say, we all had a great time! =)

Christmas Dinner Party Wedding Ideas

Stay tuned for Part 2 – coming first thing tomorrow!* And thanks again to Leila and all of the wonderful vendors & guests for making it such a fun night.
*Update 12/14: Part 2 will actually be posted Wednesday, 12/15 now instead of today. It will be in conjunction with recaps from a few of the other ladies!

Here’s the full list of vendors – many will be highlighted in Part 2!

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Nicole @ Tradewind Tiaras SAYS:

It’s all gorgeous, but the capiz and weathered wood chandelier is just inspired!

December 13, 2010 at 8:09 am

Patrick Hake SAYS:

I completely agree. Scrolling through the pictures, I thought everything was beautiful but once I got the the chandelier, I was completely taken aback. That thing is incredible. Good hustle team.

December 13, 2010 at 9:35 am

Kate @ This American Wife SAYS:

What a beautiful way to celebrate Christmas here in SoCal where it is 80 degrees in December!!!

December 13, 2010 at 8:28 am

Rick Delgado SAYS:

True, true! But with all these great ideas Christmas can still feel like a real Christmas even without the snow outside! Love it!

August 18, 2013 at 2:30 pm


LoVE! Seafoam + Manzanilla + Red Accent = A-ma-za-zing! OMG you guys really collabbed well!
I really think the ONLY thing I would have added (not changed or taken away-that’s for sure!) would be little sugar starfish table sprinkles and sand dollar name cards or something. This is just brilliance!

December 13, 2010 at 8:34 am

marissa SAYS:

oh I love this so much. I have square plates and have really been struggling with table arrangements for it so I’m so excited for this bit of inspiration

December 13, 2010 at 9:23 am

bettijo @ PagingSupermom SAYS:

I love, LOVE the colors. The chandelier and centerpieces are perfect.

December 13, 2010 at 9:42 am

Tiffany SAYS:

What an amazing group of talent to help celebrate the holidays! Thank you for sharing! Will you be posting recipes for those awesome cocktails? So many great ideas!

December 13, 2010 at 9:49 am

jenn s. SAYS:

I’m sure I can get the cocktail recipes & will add them as soon as possible :)

December 13, 2010 at 9:55 am

Luz Stearns SAYS:

I’d love to get the recipe for the Jingle Berry Juice! Thanks!

December 18, 2011 at 9:31 pm

Amber Moon SAYS:

Wow – that is all sorts of beautiful! And with the most talented gals involved, of course it is! Stunning!


December 13, 2010 at 1:32 pm


thanks jenn!

we LOVED having you and it was such a treat to celebrate the season together!

xoxo, c

December 13, 2010 at 1:33 pm

Angela SAYS:

I love the succulent trees and the chandelier! Beautiful photos!

December 13, 2010 at 3:24 pm

diy-day.com SAYS:

When you say “florals,” does that mean they’re not real flowers? (I’m not really hip to these things…)

December 13, 2010 at 3:28 pm

carter and cook event co SAYS:

this is so lovely! nice work. Especially love all the paper elements.

December 13, 2010 at 3:44 pm

Canvas & Canopy Events SAYS:

Thanks so much jen!! Fun seeing you as always! xo, C

December 13, 2010 at 3:42 pm

jacin SAYS:

wow i just came across your blog and what a wonderful surprise! today’s post was amazing. if you ever run an event like this again i’d love to get involved!

December 13, 2010 at 5:29 pm

Amy @ Blowout Party! SAYS:

Very chic! Looks like so much fun!

December 13, 2010 at 9:12 pm

Jennifer @ Darling Notes SAYS:

So stunning! I love the use of all the succulents – especially paired with the red flowers!

December 14, 2010 at 5:50 am

bridal girl SAYS:

Totally love it! Yummy food.

December 14, 2010 at 8:07 am

Terrie SAYS:

Fashionabley elegant and oh so festive. Love the simle, clean look with so many fab details. Very warm and inviting. Thanks for the multitude of great ideas!!!!

December 14, 2010 at 8:25 am

hayley SAYS:

That last picture – love the way the brunettes were seated on the right, blondes to the left….nice styling touch ;)

December 14, 2010 at 9:36 am

jenn s. SAYS:

That’s pretty funny – didn’t even notice that until you pointed it out! Of course, Summer is in there to help mix things up on the blonde side ;)

December 14, 2010 at 10:39 am

jesi haack SAYS:

omg, the blondes and brunettes are totally on opposite sides! haha! Jenn, BEAUTIFUL layout, as usual! I loved finally meeting you! you are wonderful :)

December 14, 2010 at 11:02 am

N. Dales SAYS:

How absolutely gorgeous!! It still says christmas without being the typical holiday party!

December 14, 2010 at 12:38 pm
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