[even if you’re in a sunny warm climate]
Of the many private and corporate Christmas party planning requests that come our way, the most popular theme, by far, is “Winter Wonderland”. Over the years, we’ve become experts in this style of themed event design, and can offer ideas for DIY party planners to pull off plenty of magical wintry chic on any event budget.
There are many versions of the snowy white-and-cream hued party, everything from an elegant, sparkling indoor backdrop to a fantastic outdoor setting complete with real snow sledding and ice skating.
Here are some tips to planning your ideal Winter Wonderland:
Establish a budget range for your party or event. This will allow you to decide what elements you can include and those you should avoid.
Select the venue. An event at your home or place of business will make things easier, but if you have to find a separate venue, you’ll need to ensure the venue has ample space and determine what elements they will allow. Popular party design features like real or fake snow can involve significant after-event cleanup, so may be disallowed or require additional cleaning fees or deposits.
For an elegant indoor winter wonderland, you’ll want to assemble a creative team to brainstorm and help set up your party décor. Or, if your budget allows, hire a professional designer to help in providing some of the key elements to transform your party space.
- main and table florals in whites and creams
- lots of pillar candles and soft white lighting
- trees with elegant decorative lights and uplighting in soft icy blues
- high-quality artificial snow or snow-themed elements
An outdoor, interactive winter wonderland will give your guests an immersive snow-filled experience [except that it may be 85 degrees]. If your event is in the evening, the addition of icy blue lighting and gentle snow flurries will make your illusion more realistic.
When celebrating outdoors, bring in tons of real snow. Providing snow on demand can cost a tidy sum, but is the most exhilarating experience for young and old alike. With a real snow wonderland you can plan:
- themed ground cover
- snowball fights
- building snowmen
- ramps built with straw bales for snow sledding
Want to provide an exceptional winter thrill? Build your own ice rink! If space and budget allow, a temporary outdoor synthetic or real-ice skating rink is tons of fun. You’ll definitely need to bring in pros to include one, but it’s well worth doing for an unforgettable winter wonderland experience.
Regardless of your setting and scale, you can create a dazzling winter wonderland event with a smaller more personal backdrop, or expand it into a snowy scene you might see in a movie. Whatever your budget and vision, you’ll have an unforgettable party your guests will talk about for years to come.
The Christmas & Holiday Party Team
Party Planners LA