holiday party: tis the season

Melanie of Inspired Events sent me this festive photoshoot she created for the holiday season. She wanted to create inspiration for a DiY design using simple flowers, table settings and decor. Here's how she put together the party in her own words:

I went to the flower market and purchased the orchid plants and the mirrored containers. The wall decor are ornaments from my personalChristmas tree stash. Anyone can use special ornaments that are family passed down or mistletoe or fresh greens from the outdoors! The candy cane martini's were made with rum, peppermint schnapps and a splash of grenadine.

On the dessert table, the apothecary jars came from a local Home Goods/Marshalls and TJ Maxx home section where I also got the cake stands and glass pedestal. All were reasonably priced and can be reused later in the home. Whether it's in your house and you change it by season filling it with nature from outdoors (pine cones, holly berries, greens for the winter, sand and shells from a walk on the beach for the summer) or it's taken out when entertaining at the house, these jars and stands are very versatile. I baked the candy cane brownies, marshmallow lollipops, white chocolate pretzels rolled in candy cane and German chocolate fudge. The candy (peppermint starlight mints, cherry rings, gummy bears, salt water taffy, and red licorice) all were ordered off Candy Warehouse where you can search candies by holiday, theme or color. The little holiday penguins were purchased at LA Burdick's, a great place for decorative chocolate favors. Made of hand-piped dark chocolate and lemon ganache, the penguins were something I thought would be perfect to have as favors. The details do not go unnoticed including almond wings and are dressed in dark chocolate, accented with white.

As a bonus, here is Melanie's recipe for the Candy Cane martini- a festive & fabulous idea!

Candy Cane Martini
-3 fluid ounces rum
-2 fluid ounces peppermint schnapps
-1/2 fluid ounce grenadine syrup
-1 small candy cane


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