We know and love Ms. Meghan Ely of OFD Consulting for a few reasons. First, she remembered our blog when it was still new enough that even the photographers would frequently forget about it, has written thank you cards so sweet that we’re beginning to seriously consider keeping a stack of you’re welcome cards around, and can get her hands on “that wedding” we’ve been looking for… that super special wedding we haven’t seen yet. When she offered to share her holiday party photos with us, we were quick to shout, “yes!” One: we love hot cocoa and cookies, y’all. Two: those mason jar snow globes are kind of our Christmas obsession. Three: a metallic color palette is just what we wanted.
From Meghan: “I grew up in New England, and have fond memories of accompanying my mom to cookie exchanges during the holiday season. When I first moved to Virginia nine years ago, I decided to have the tradition live on in my own home…
The first party (thrown for about a dozen people) was very basic. I remember allocating $5 of my budget to construction paper so I could make paper chains to strew throughout the room, and that the menu essentially consisted of chips, dip and a couple of liters of soda. :)
This year, I hosted 25 friends in my home — many of whom are in the event/wedding industry (talk about pressure!). I commissioned my OFD “partner in crime” Ariana to create a design concept this past fall, and my only requirements were to be able to complement my white Christmas tree and to not spend the next year finding glitter in the nooks of my living room.
Ariana quickly designed a black, white and gold motif and went to work. As I’ve learned over the years, it’s best to pull in the pros to assist; we did just that, assembling a wonderful team of vendors to help our vision come to life.
Ariana worked on a number of DIY projects as well, which included:
• Hand stamped forks and napkins
• “Stripey Straw” wreath for the front door
• Floating snowflakes for the windows
• Light installations for the mantel
• Black, gold and white tassel garland for the mantel
• Snow globes
The menu consists of a mix of hot and cold hors d’ouerves, and I generally kept things light since it was an early afternoon affair. We had our typical fan favorites on hand — Tater Tots (a nod to a local Richmond restaurant a group of us used to frequent in our early twenties — Sticky Rice) and the hot chocolate station, which for the third year in a row featured chocolate from my beloved Murphy’s Ice Cream of Dingle, Ireland (one of my favorite travel destinations). Accoutrements for the station included rock candy (from local candy store Sweet Spot), an assortment of cordials, jimmies (aka sprinkles here in the South!) and whipped cream (spiked and non spiked)…”
Thanks for sharing, Meghan! We’re looking forward to the eventual recipe book from the annual OFD Consulting Holiday Cookie Exchange. Goodness knows, we need it!
Stationery: Anticipate Invitations
Linens/Rentals: Classic Party Rentals of Virginia
Flowers: The Picked Petal
Photography: Travis Ely
Design: OFD Consulting
Wooden forks: Etsy
Craft supplies: Michaels
Chocolate (for the Hot Cocoa): Murphy’s Ice Cream, Dingle, Ireland