A Modern Cali Christmas Party!

Last weekend I was invited to a California Christmas party along with some of my other favorite designers + bloggers. Hosted by Leila Khalil of Be Inspired PR and photographed by none other than Leo Patrone, it was such a fun way to start the holiday season! I think there are so many great ideas for a party of your own, so I wanted to share some photos + details of the party here. :)

succulent christmas trees

We started the party off with yummy holiday cocktails (Icicle Mint Mojitos with candy “icicle stirrers” and Jingle Berry on the rocks) among those cute succulent trees dreamed up by the lovely Cortnie of Canvas and Canopy.

succulent trees and holiday cocktails

Scent station

Then it was off to create our signature holiday scent at the scent station by Kamilyin. Mine was a mix of brown sugar + vanilla + fig! We created a body scrub, hand soap, and lotion.

Invitations by Wiley Valentine

Wiley Valentine created all the lovely paper details for the party and the fabulous florals were by Carissa of of JL Designs. How perfectly festive is the table below? Such a great dinner set-up. The table was from Found Vintage Rentals and we all decided we wanted the table in our homes. :) We are so lucky to live in a place where our dinner could be outside!

holiday table design

I just loved the table with the mix of succulents, balsa flowers, coral, red peonies, tillandsias and then the pretty hanging chandelier!

succulent and peony table design

blogger holiday party

All of us enjoying a toast! The food from Contemporary Catering was delicious. Some of the lovely guests included Amanda from 100 Layer Cake, Summer from Grey Likes Weddings, Jesi Haack, Jenn from Hostess with the Mostess, Anne from Rue Magazine, Lucia from Utterly Engaged as well as all of those who created the amazing party listed in the vendor list at the end. Such a fun night with great conversation + funny stories!

christmas dessert table

The dessert table by Cupcakes Couture featured mint macarons, hot chocolate cupcakes, gingerbread cupcakes and more!

Holiday cookies as ornaments

And then we were given the chance to get our own holiday glow at a special tanning station. :) Yep, Danielle from Plush Tan was their to give us a summer glow. It was my first ever spray tan and it was a bit weird to get naked in front of someone you just met, but the results were so fab! I woke up the next morning with a perfect sun kissed tan! :) It would be so great for your wedding to get rid of any weird tan lines for your strapless dress or just for a gorgeous glow. And we can’t forget the cutest puppy ever – Bossy! She was the star of the night + makes me really want a puppy like her for Jason + I!

cute french bulldog

Thanks to Leila and her team for inviting me to such a fun Christmas party! It really was the perfect way to start the holiday season off. :)

Host + Producer: Leila Khalil of Be Inspired PR
Floral + Design: Carissa Jones of JL Designs
Event Design: Cortnie Purdy of Canvas and Canopy
Photography: Leo Patrone
Stationery: Wiley Valentine
Desserts: Cupcakes Couture
Food: Contemporary Catering
Scent Station: Kamilyin
Furniture: Found Vintage Rentals
Let It Glow Tanning Station: Danielle Crouch of Plush Tan
Banner: Joyful Joyful

And be sure to check out the party as seen from Amanda, Summer and Jenn on their blogs!

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  1. I love those succulent little trees. Actually, I love the whole thing!

  2. I have to say, this is one of the most interesting mixes of elements (plants, roses, coral) and colors I’ve seen in a while and the amazing thing is how amazingly put together and gorgeous it all looks. Bravo!

  3. Oh I love all the details of this wintery party! Excellent!

  4. What a wonderful dinner party! LOVE THOSE FLOWERS! And I think a spray tan as a parting gift is an excellent idea. Everyone in Chicago could use one.

  5. I love the design of this winter wonderland party! Food looks great, and the event looks like something magical! The little frenchy is sooo cute!

  6. This is the such a gorgeous CA chic holiday party! You guys are all too cute!

  7. thanks so much jen! i had such a great time with you as usual! congrats on GWS being your primary job :) xoxo, C

  8. LOVE that you gave a shout out to the BOSS :) she can’t wait to hang again soon – and neither can i! so happy you were there to celebrate the season with us “cali style”! xoxoxo

  9. Makes me feel like Santa will not forget to make a stop in California. Cupcakes instead of cookies and milk! I love the edible ornaments on the tree. how very chic this party is!!!Beautiful!!

  10. Absolutely stunning design and great use of natural elements! LOVE the succulent trees!

  11. So fun! And that dog’s face is PRICELESS!

  12. Looks great! Leo did a great job capturing it all. xo.

  13. ooooohhhhhh!!! so much fun! looks so festive with so many cool concepts! i love this idea of coral, succulents, and those colors. i am stealing some of these ideas for sure!

  14. I was so honored to be part of such a fabulous evening. Thank you ALL for being so gracious and kind. I enjoyed giving you the perfect Holiday glow. Amazing photos!! Happy Holidays!

  15. love love love this post! thanks for sharing our party with everyone jen. So fun to have you there and it was a dream team of people who came together to celebrate the holidays with us!

  16. this looked so fab. everything so posh! especially love the florals that Carissa did!

  17. looks like you all had a blast! the napkins are wonderful!

  18. omg that doggy is so cute it looks like it is fake! love it and the beautiful colors of the succulents and red!

  19. Thanks so much! It was great meeting you and I hope you are still enjoying the custom products we made for you at the party!

  20. What a dreamy looking party filled with a dream team guest list! Love everything about it. Happy holidays to all of you talented ladies!

  21. What a fabulous party! Love everything about this post.

  22. I adore those succulent trees! What a gorgeous party and a wonderful way to spend the holidays!

  23. This is amazing! I wish I went to a christmas party like this one!


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