By Libbie Summers
Creative Assistant: David Dempsey
Photography by Chia Chong
Production Assistants: Candace Brower and Anthony Lunsmann
There’s really only one secret to a great party…lean in…it’s juicy…
The secret to a great party is to make sure the guests are as colorful as the decorations!!
For this Chinese New Year party, I started with a colorful guest list, called a pedi cab company and then started the decorating!
Non-traditional spaces call for non-traditional holiday decorating!
In this modern organic loft space a holiday party was scheduled. I wanted to play up the extra tall ceilings and exposed pipes without taking up valuable dance floor space with a big Christmas tree, so the Candy Cane Hula Hoop Tree was born!
Total cost: $20
Wow Factor When the Guests Entered the Room: Priceless!
Candy Cane Hula Hoop Holiday Tree makes 1 quick & easy holiday decoration for non-traditional spaces
What you need:
6 lightweight hula hoops
1-2 rolls red and white painters tape
1 roll great ribbon (I used a grey satin)
3 large white and red buffalo checked canvases (optional)
What to do: 1. Wrap a Base Layer: Using the white tape, wrap it around the hula hoops until all are completely covered. Don’t worry about the tape being perfect!
2. Add the Red Striping: Using the red tape, tape a stripe onto the white tape of each hula hoop.
3. Build the tree: Lay your “tree” out on a flat surface with one hoop at the top, two in the middle section and three in the bottom. Using durable ribbon, tie the hoops together at each point of touch with a beautiful bow. You can get more “fancy” here with big elaborate bows. I chose to keep my tree a bit more humble.
4. Hang and enjoy: I hung my tree from exposed piping from the ceiling but you could even attach it to the wall with removable hangers. The plus is this weighs next to nothing!
Another idea is to make it pop by hanging it a few inches away from the wall and placing loud artwork behind it (I buffalo-checked large white canvases with red craft paint…I hope you saw this technique in my instagram story a few weeks ago, but if not get the HOW TO HERE).
Sweet Persimmons and Black Licorice were the inspiration for this intimate and dramatic holiday dinner served at dusk. I’m ready for three of the coolest people I know to arrive. Read how simply it all came together. A bird’s eye view of the sweetest of tables.
A lit pom pom and jute garland lay down the middle of the table and cascaded over the sides and onto the floor to lead the guests to the table.
Candles upon candles upon candles in brass and mercury glass candlesticks were set in and out of the pom pom garland. Grey stoneware shallow bowls from Crate and Barrel were topped with a linen napkin from Fog Linen and flatware from Juliska. A persimmon at each place setting was a sly nod to the dessert that evening.
Seats were covered in wrapping paper to give a nod to the holidays!
All is right with the world when I can wear this plaid maxi skirt from Shabby Apple. I topped it with a bird emblazoned sweater from J.Crew outlet and my favorite black ski hat from Moncler. The fab faux fur jacket in the image prior is from French Connection and is TO DIE FOR!
I love black licorice and oddly find beauty in it’s shiny ebony color juxtaposed to a pale pink, grey and white. I guess that’s why Good and Plenty are my
favorite candy! So, as my brain would have it, I was inspired to do a tree based off my love of sweets and two of my other loves. I hope this inspires you to think outside of the candy box this holiday and have some fun with your decorating.
And no, he’s not always waiting on me. 🙂 Happy Holidays!