Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Radiant Red Ikat Holiday

The inspiration for this holiday party came from the Ikat fabric featured on the wall behind the dessert table. Ikat is a dying process similar to tie-dye, but the threads are dyed before construction. This red and white repeating pattern was in the shape of a glass blown Christmas ornament. It had just the right touch of holiday color and modern, natural aesthetics.

We handmade the magnolia leaf wreaths and spray painted them lacquer white. If you follow our work long enough you'll see that there's nothing we won't spray paint! We found the red books at an antique store and some other pieces on this table were found at our favorite stores, West Elm and Crate & Barrel.

 We kept the color story easy and modern, but brought out the details in the textures, from the woven strands of the Persian fairy floss that adorned the pudding, the shredded flakes of the coconut cupcakes, down to the smooth and uniform petals of the succulents. Persian fairy floss also known as Pashmak proved harder to get than we thought. We tried to order from pariya.com and were told that they were temporarily unable to ship the the US. We weren't able to find any other US company who sold it. I turned to an etsy seller from the store iPashmak who didn't even have pashmak as an item at the store but agreed to make it for us! Thank goodness because it looked amazing on the milk pudding.

The ornamental Ikat reappears in paper with the name cards pinned to the backs of the dining chairs. A white lacquer branch and ribbon polish off this festive touch. These marvelous succulents bring in a soft sprinkle of green while the vibrant red peonies and gold candlelight radiate the warmth of the season.

Finding flowers for this table was another adventure. We didn't want the traditional look of roses but the only other "bushy" looking flower available in red were carnations. The florist we work with said that it's sad that carnations were seen as the "iceberg lettuce" of the flower world because she likes them. After a few unsuccessful trips to the San Francisco flower mart we decided to get silk flowers. We were nervous about how they would look they turned out great.

The real fun and whimsy of this party is found at the hot cocoa bar, where guests are invited to grab a mug of cocoa and customize it to their liking with caramels, whipped cream, toffee chips, homemade marshmallows, and chocolate and peppermint dipped spoons. A DIY for the homemade marshmallows is coming soon! All of this atop vintage board games that can be played while enjoying a one-of-a-kind chocolaty creation. The hearty succulents were so beautiful that we had to give them away as favors, so our friends and family could take a little bit of our holiday with them.

The beautiful invitation and all the tags and labels to create your own hot cocoa bar are available at our etsy shop.  Click here to see the printable collection!

Vendors & Credits
Event Design: Honeycomb Events & Design
Menu, Invitation and Printables: Honeycomb Events & Design Etsy Shop
Caramels: Iris Estell
Rock Candy: RockYourMouthGB
Wooden Sticks with Ball Ends:Wood Candy Sticks
Vintage Games: Penny Pickers
Persian Fairy Floss: iPashmak  

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