It’s a funny thing about the business I’m in: the holidays literally start in May, and by the time August rolls around, I might be found cooking a turkey for a Thanksgiving photo shoot or setting the table for Christmas feast inspiration. So when December actually hits and the rest of the country is entering the frenzy of holiday plans and shopping for gifts, I’m just ready to slow down a bit and celebrate the season, for real. This year for our CamilleStyles.com holiday party, I decided to invite everyone who’s played a significant role in making 2012 such an amazing year for our company, from contributors to designers to photographers & videographers to chefs. It was my turn to treat all of them to great food and pretty flowers. It was almost overwhelming to get everyone in one room, and made me feel incredibly thankful for the talented people I get to work with all the time. Definitely one of my favorite nights of the entire year. I’m so glad that She-n-He Photography was there to capture the details – I didn’t have a moment to pull out my camera even once! Keep reading for my favorite moments…

 


Adam and I put the finishing touches on our signature party punch made with gin, fresh citrus fruit, framboise, lemon juice, orgeat syrup and champagne. We made a ton…and the punch bowl was empty 2 hours into the party!

One of the best things about hosting a holiday party at my house? The decorations are already done! This year I decked the halls in magical, monochromatic white and silver.

A big punch bowl is a holiday party necessity. This one is modern, sleek and super affordable (from Target.)

Our invites from Minted hinted at the festivities to come…

I used a mix of new and vintage glassware, and labeled everything on the bar and buffet with these cute notecards from Austin Press.

Minted has all kinds of festive new party decor. This banner is hanging in our dining room through the entire season this year – it adds a pop of color against my boxwood garland and wreath. (and don’t forget that when you use the code WONDER15, you’ll receive 15% off and free shipping!)

I knew I wanted something big and dramatic for the dining room centerpiece, and when I laid eyes on these white poinsettia trees, I knew they were perfect. I wrapped burlap around the base and tied with a red ribbon – no floral arranging required!


Calligrapher Kathryn Murray made this festive “Pop Fizz Clink” sign for a photo shoot we’ve been working on, and it was way too cute not to re-use on the bubbly bar at our party

I made miniature versions of my butternut squash and blue cheese pizza, using a 3″ round cookie cutter. They disappeared fast.

I always try to make a few things, and supplement with a couple of catered or store-bought items. Word of Mouth made these delicious lamb sliders with feta and spinach.

As usual, the party moved outside to the terrace, which I’d decked out with red pillows and Christmas-y berries.

My mom made dessert – a riff off this cake, with peppermint extract and crushed peppermints added as a seasonal twist.

Cream puffs are one of my favorite party tricks. The kind that come in a box in the freezer section of the grocery store (I’m serious.) Just thaw in the fridge, pile high on a cakestand, and place a pitcher of hot fudge next to them for guests to drizzle over the top.

 


Bubbly to go! Mini bottles of Le Grand Courtâge served as the perfect parting gift. I’m always a big fan of drinkable favors.

Love getting to work with these girls every day – and it was so fun celebrating together! Cheers!

23 comments
  1. 1
    Michele Westrick (Lovely Notes) | December 13, 2012 at 8:33 am

    Beautiful party and tree! I love the little cards from Austin press too.

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    • Camille Styles | December 13, 2012 at 11:21 am

      Aren’t they adorable? I’m keeping them as my new go-to menu cards! Since I attached kraft paper to the front with double-side tape, it makes them reusable!

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    Desiree {Chic Coastal Living} | December 13, 2012 at 8:37 am

    Love this party inspiration! The food and table settings are all perfect! Can I get hired at camillestyles dot com so that I can be invited to your party next year? JK thanks for sharing this lovely event with us! XO, Desiree

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    Lotoya Vongrechin | December 13, 2012 at 9:00 am

    This party looked so fun, I am swooning for my invite. My favorite were the bubbly favors so perfect for the season. I agree Camille I am a fan of beverage/edible favors as well. You know they will be used. A girl loves a glass or bottle of champs. Thanks for sharing.

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    • Camille Styles | December 13, 2012 at 11:21 am

      Agreed – and it can be SO hard to think of favors that guests will actually use and enjoy! Thanks Lotoya!

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    Kathryn | December 13, 2012 at 9:13 am

    How did you get the Grand Courtâge bubbly? I wanted to use your discount and place an order, but the company will not ship to Texas :(.

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    • Camille Styles | December 13, 2012 at 9:50 am

      Oh no!! Shoot me an email letting me know what happened and I’ll connect you with the company to find out! xo

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    Jeanine Donofrio | December 13, 2012 at 10:27 am

    great party & such a cute picture of you two!

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    Lisa | December 13, 2012 at 10:53 am

    What a beautiful party! Y’all have so much to celebrate with this year on CamilleStyles.com–it just keeps getting better and better 🙂

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    Kristina | December 13, 2012 at 10:57 am

    I want that champagne silver bowl!!! Where is it from? Merry merry!!

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    • Camille Styles | December 13, 2012 at 11:22 am

      Thanks – it’s my newest party purchase!! It’s from Z Gallerie – I love that it holds 3 bottles at a time!

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    Amy | December 13, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    Hope you all have a lovely holiday! Love the simplicity of this gorgeous celebration.

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    Alyssa | December 13, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    It looks beautiful, Camille! Wonderful inspiration for a future dinner party!

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    Kelsie | December 13, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    The first photo is so sweet! Love the way you’re looking at him.

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    Samantha | December 13, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    This post is perfect timing- I am preparing for my annual holiday party (in my much smaller NYC apartment!) as I type this! I always get such inspiration from your site, but it is really great to see a “real” party in action. A lovely (and fun) looking party like this is definitely something to aspire to!

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    Angela | December 13, 2012 at 10:52 pm

    Frozen cream puffs are the best party trick! The party looks amazing – I love your green dress, Camille! Happy Holidays!

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    Eleanor ~ Shopping The Closet | December 14, 2012 at 3:28 am

    What a night to remember! Simply perfect!

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    Caroline | December 14, 2012 at 11:26 am

    Gorgeous party!!! Are you able to give the recipe and quantities for the champagne punch you made?
    Thank you!!
    Cheers!

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    jwkstyle | December 16, 2012 at 8:42 pm

    You throw the best parties!!!

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    sarah | December 3, 2013 at 5:21 am

    Hiya! This party is divine! Would you mind sharing your recipe for the party punch?

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