After an absolutely insane busy season last year, we decided to treat ourselves and let our creative juices flow. Enter our 2021 Twelve Days of Christmas photo shoot! You won’t find any turtle doves or maids-a-milking in the photos below. Instead, we came up with twelve different ideas for a bright, bold, non-traditional take on holiday decor! We’ll be featuring the twelve themes in three different posts. Today, you’ll see photos from Day 1-4. We hope these photos help inspire you as you plan your own holiday gatherings, so grab some egg nog and enjoy!
Day 1: A Palmy, Balmy, Tropical Christmas
First up, Mele Kalikimaka vibes all the way! To achieve the tropical Christmas feel we were after, we kept the setup fairly simple. We opted to place one of our Shiloh 6’ Bars in front of our Brunei Backdrop. The bar was topped with a vintage decanter and a blush candy dish perfect for displaying garnish! Festive cocktails were served up on a rattan tray, and our Team Lead, Keshawn, stepped in as bartender. Not only did this setup give us an excuse for a midday cocktail at work, it also brought the laid-back vibes we were after. Perfect for a nontraditional holiday bash! Anyone up for a Christmas in July party next year?
Day 2: Holiday Cheers
Day 2 brought drama and decadence! We wanted this setup to feel like the end of the night after a glitzy, over-the-top dinner party. To create this effect, we haphazardly placed a mix of glassware, vintage dishes, and decor. Our Carraway Champagne Coupes were front and center, but we also incorporated our Ray Yellow Coupes from Estelle Colored Glass. Leftover apple pie from Dangerously Delicious Pies was served on one of our Onyx Dessert Plates. In keeping with the decadent vibes, we paired the Onyx with Ayla Flatware for a touch of glam. To finish things off, we popped in decor accents like our mini disco balls and Gamma Lucite Starbursts.
Day 3: A Marshmallow World
For day three, we wanted to encapsulate the dreamy sort of feel invoked by Dean Martin’s “A Marshmallow World.” From the start, we knew we wanted to showcase a single place setting. Ultimately, we chose to showcase our Glaser Collection. The stark black and white of the plates provided the perfect contrast to our pale purple backdrop. To keep things feeling light and ethereal, we incorporated lucite accents like our Ari Acrylic Napkin Rings. We chose our Bea Flatware for a dose of pale pink and Sabrina Iridescent Glassware to tie everything together. To complete our winter wonderland, we reached out to Daylen at Sweet Root Village. Collaborating with Daylen is always so much fun, and his creativity and talent never disappoint! For day three, he brought the Christmas spirit and created a mini tree for us made entirely of dyed baby’s-breath! The result? A little whimsical and totally dreamy!
Day 4: A Very DIA Christmas
If you’re reading our blog, you likely know we’re more than a little obsessed with mid-century design. For our fourth day, we decided to use one of our favorite mid-century pieces as the centerpiece of our photos. Enter the Dia. Designed by Milo Baughman for Design Institute of America, this brass & glass étagère is a total show-stopper! (The Dia has since been retired from inventory, but you can shop similar shelving like our Moby online here!) It was important to us that the dramatic design of the Dia be the focal point. To achieve this goal, we selected a bright, but otherwise minimal backdrop for her. Our Palm Springs Backdrop provided the pop of color we wanted without stealing the show. In styling the Dia, we tried to stick with accents you could find in someone’s living room. The result? Cozy & fun for the holidays!
We hope you enjoyed this peek into the first few days of our 12 Days of Christmas extravaganza. We’ll be back on Wednesday with second batch of photos, so get ready for Days 5-8! In the meantime, browse our ’Tis the Season Collection for inspo for your very own holiday party.
PLANNING, DESIGN & PHOTOGRAPHY: Carly Mendiola || RENTALS & VENUE: Something Vintage Rentals || FLORALS: Daylen Rivera for Sweet Root Village ||