The holidays are such a romantic, festive time of year, which is why so many couples choose to have holiday weddings! Whether you're saying "I do" around Christmastime and hosting a holiday-inspired rehearsal dinner or wedding day, having a bridal shower or engagement party during the holiday season, or wanting to host a holiday dinner for your nearest and dearest, we're sharing plenty of inspiration from this intimate holiday dinner party planned by wedding and event planner Kaylen Davidson of Sara Judith Events!
"It was important that the design of the holiday dinner had intention and meaning behind it," muses Kaylen of her vision. "Emerald green was chosen because it represents balance, harmony, and abundance – all things wished for the guests this holiday season and new year," she describes. The country club setting, along with a well-decorated Christmas tree, provided an ideal canvas for the joyous occasion.
As guests entered the space, they received a pine, cranberry, and orange holiday mocktail to set the tone for the festivities to come. While enjoying cocktail hour, attendees decorated Christmas tree ornaments, and when the time came for dinner, they found their seats atop gold chairs with crisp white cushions, which had been topped with beautifully wrapped holiday gift boxes.
"Emerald green was chosen because it represents balance, harmony, and abundance – all things wished for the guests this holiday season and new year."
The main tablescape featured wow-worthy holiday décor. The rectangular table was strewn with an emerald green velvet linen and topped with elegant white floral centerpieces, round candles in lieu of the standard pillar candle to add dimension, white-and-gold place settings, and of course, fun and festive extras. Each guest's place setting was marked with an ornament in lieu of a place card, which was another welcome touch befitting the time of year and the reason for celebrating.
Dinner menus displayed the tasty selections – a mixed green salad or soup du jour followed by Faroe Island salmon, chicken parmesan, or pumpkin risotto – and were wrapped in emerald green velvet to add a touch of grandeur. "I love how these popped against the deeper green velvet linen on the table!" adds Kaylen of the design choice. Before heading home, each guest was served their own cake – complete with an edible Christmas tree on top – as the final course. "I absolutely adore the custom mini cakes!" confirms Kaylen.
Filled with joy for having the opportunity to plan such a warm gathering for her clients, Kaylen also had a great time reimagining a typical dinner party and seeing the festive holiday fête come to life. "I loved combining the emerald green with accents of gold and nods to the holiday season, like using ornaments as place cards and tying green Christmas bows on the welcome drink glasses... Little details like that never go unnoticed by guests!" she smiles.