It may be chilly outside, but at this party, lush florals, tactile materials, and a super-chic palette set the scene for a warm and intimate reception. A color scheme of crisp whites, cool grays, and blush tones is the foundation for a look that feels both romantic and of-the-moment. The monochromatic color scheme is good for guys too (who ever thought your groom would swoon over pink plates?). An array of glam details and elaborate desserts take this wintery fete to the next level.
The result? A party that's pretty enough to please your mom, yet with a Scandinavian-inspired, modern vibe that's way on trend.
Add in lots of rich texture.
To keep the pink hues from veering into overly sweet territory, mix in a range of natural textures and unexpected elements, like quartz, ceramic, metal and even faux fur. In the flower designs, add in feathery blooms and velvet-like leaves like this bouquet of dusty millers, ranunculus, and hellebores.
Layer patterns and hues.
Using three different-colored plates elevates the pastel palette and adds a fun twist to the table settings. To avoid it looking jumbled with all the varied shapes and sizes, keep the other elements (napkins, place cards, flatware, et cetera) consistent. The large scale of the centerpiece here also helps balance out the all the small pieces on the table. NYC-based floral designer Michael George used a range of monochromatic blooms and foliage, including blushing-bride proteas, ranunculus, astrantias, dusty millers, hellebores, and berries.
"Vera Colors" gray dinner plate, $150 for a 16-piece set, Vera Wang Wedgewood; Pink glass cake plates, $100 for four, and dinner plates, $128 for four, Moser Glass available at Food52; "Carrara" marbled dessert plate, $54, and dinner plate, $95, Dibbern available at TableArt; "Belay" pink porcelain salad plate, $5.95, available at CB2; "TAC 02 Platinum Filet" bread-and-butter plate, $25, Rosenthal available at Gracious Style; "Spindle" flatware, $24 for a five-piece place setting, Anthropologie; "Festival" napkins, $58 for four, Sferra; Name cards, price upon request, Virginia Lucas Hart; Acrylic ice-block table number, from $50, Yonder Design; Marble tank tray, $25, CB2; "Kiva" rose-quartz and silver tray, $485, Anna by RabLabs; Crystal tea-light holders, $35 each, Z Gallerie; "Pinch" taper candleholders, $15 each, CB2; Clutch, Jimmy Crystal New York; Branches, $39 for three, Z Gallerie
Go with a toned-down palette and modern designs.
No matter the medium — laser-engraved acrylic, mother-of-pearl inlay, or traditional calligraphed paper — these ice-inspired invites and menus will set the tone for the event. As with the table, it helps to keep a restrained palette in gray, white and blush with metallic touches.
Clockwise from top left: Gold-foil calligraphy invitation, $2,500 for 100, Méldeen; Tassel earrings, Bauble Bar; White marble RSVP card, invitation, and tag, $2,500 for 100 suites, LeLe Chan Designs; Laser-etched menu, from $35, and invitation, from $75, Yonder Design; Welcome-reception invitation and "2016" save-the-date, prices upon request, Gather and Co.; Crystal earrings, Oscar de la Renta available at Neiman Marcus; Mother-of-pearl-inlay invitation, from $150, Yonder Design; Necklace, Erickson Beamon; Watercolor welcome booklet, price upon request, Gather and Co.; Vertical invitation, $1,500 for 100, Precious Bugarin Design; Save-the-date with patterned sleeve, price upon request, Gather and Co.
Bring embellished desserts to the table.
Delicate sugar veil motifs are applied over fondant in symmetrical patterns that make this trio of cakes pretty and contemporary. Because these cakes feature only two colors, the look is simple, chic and perfect for the setting.
Small cakes, $12 per slice, and large cake, $13 per slice, Sweet and Saucy Shop
Mix in small accent dishes for treats.
Add visual interest to the table (and delicious desserts for guests to taste) by sprinkling small serving dishes in between the settings. Sometimes the simplest concoctions are crowd-pleasers, like these fresh berries, which are given an iced-over, matte effect by being dusted with sugar and frozen before serving.
Trays of pretty cookies are always welcome.
Graphic shapes make these glazed sugar cookies feel modern, and a sprinkling of edible dianthus petals give color and a touch of spice.
Raise the bar.
Make your reception feel like an intimate at-home dinner party by setting up stocked bar carts with self-serve, signature cocktails.
Bar cart, $200, Cost Plus World Market
Small set ups can have big impact.
Single blooms in petite bud vases are a refreshing complement to grand, over-the-top centerpieces. For a personal touch, display favorite books and decor items, keeping the color tones consistent with the rest of the space.
Necklace, Olive + Piper
Display your bouquet.
When placed in a vase, this bouquet of blushing-bride proteas, ranunculus, and garden roses from A.P. Bio Designs turns into an off-the-cuff centerpiece.
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