How To: Throw a Tree-Trimming Party

I love any reason to throw a festive holiday fete… One of my favorite ways to celebrate? Inviting friends over for a tree-trimming party! It’s a great way to get into the holiday spirit and have some fun decorating with your loved ones. To host a festive tree-trimming party of your own, check out my four quick tips for pulling off a perfect pine-inspired party.

prism tree trimming invite

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My dinner-party vibe was inspired by frost-kissed Christmas trees and wintry textures, like glassy icicles and lush evergreen branches. For the table décor, I incorporated soft ferns and botanical elements set against geometric patterns and glittering metallics suggestive of ice. But no need to stick to my palette! Love ornaments with a hand-crafted feel? Or perhaps a German feather tree? Use your personal holiday style as a jumping-off point for your own tree-trimming gathering.

malachite paper tray for holiday nibbles My go-to trick: Line a simple tray with pretty paper to change up your party vibe.

glass icicle ornament stirrers Glass icicles: Lovely on a tree, but even prettier as drink stirrers for blending Elderflower Fizzes.

green holiday dinner tabletop 1. Choose an unexpected color palette.
A tree-trimming party doesn’t necessarily have to mean loads of colorful ornaments or a bright candy-coated palette. Keep things modern by choosing a fresh and unexpected color scheme. I opted for a jewel-toned shade of green with touches of glassy metallics, and decorated the dinner table with natural elements like fresh-cut greenery, feathery ferns, and garlands to balance the metallic and modern touches on the table.

paper christmas trees on the mantelA twinkling Christmas tree in the background, ready to be trimmed!

2. Pick the perfect Christmas tree.
While a faux tree is perfectly acceptable, if you decide to purchase a fresh one, I suggest ordering a tree with the root ball attached. I’ve ordered several trees from Redrock Farms in Vermont and they arrive in beautiful, live condition. The best part: If you live north of the Mason-Dixon line, you can place the tree in a pot and keep it year after year. Live in California and want a more eco-friendly alternative? Companies like Living Christmas Co. allow you to rent and re-rent live trees each year.

radiant cut silver foil drink menu Foil-pressed dinner menus add a gem-like shine to the table.

anemone, vintage flower book and green glassesSmaller floral centerpieces were displayed on vintage botanical books for added height;
pretty green drinking glasses added a pop of color to the table.

paper fern wrapping and metallic foil confetti We embellished gifts with beautiful hand-cut paper ferns.

Translucent ghost chairs create an icy counterpoint to the rustic greens on the table.

holiday appetizer Add some sheen to your place settings with large, foil-pressed confetti circles.

3. Get creative with the ornaments.
In addition to hanging them on the tree, incorporate ornaments throughout the party space. Scatter them on the dinner table, tucking them into floral arrangements or potted plants (a trick my mom taught me), and suspend them above the table with hooks or silk ribbon. My most favorite way to use ornaments? As drink stirrers! I turned pretty glass-icicle ornaments into swizzle sticks for Elderflower Fizzes—just add champagne, lemon, and St. Germain and swirl away.

4. Set up a tree-trimming station. 
To make decorating easy for your guests, give each person a personalized box filled with ornaments (pre-threaded with hooks), felt garland, and even tinsel to toss on the tree. Or, if you prefer a more hand-crafted feel, try adding decorations like popcorn garlands, candy canes, or marshmallow garlands—the possibilities are endless!

tree trimming bar trayPersonalized boxes filled with ornaments (plus a decanter filled with faux snow!)
were displayed on a simple silver tray. 

blue cheese stuffed dates The perfect tree-trimming nibble: blue cheese-stuffed dates.

mini booklette recipe favors A take-home party favor: little booklettes containing recipes for my favorite holiday cocktails!

self-serve holiday bar A self-serve cocktail station means no one gets stuck tending bar. 

felt garland on chair Vendors:
Photography: Morgan Blake
Florals: Victory Blooms
Model wardrobe and styling: Life Styled Atlanta
Hand lettering: Yes Maam Paper Goods
Venue: Ambient Studios
Farm Table and Backdrop Rental: Blue Eyed Yonder
Acrylic Chairs and Sofa: Collection Rentals
Live Christmas Trees: Redrock Farms
Custom Chair Cushions: Vision Furniture
Ornaments: Minted
Silk Ribbon: Minted
Silver Foil: Confetti Minted
Silver Foil Table Runner: Minted
Green Glass Tumblers: Anthropologie
Silver Champagne Coupes: Ebay
Vintage Botanical Book: Ebay
Icicle Ornament Stirrers: Ebay
Scallop Edge Dinner Plate: Anthropologie
Crystal Cube Placecard Holders: Amazon
Botanical Journal: Minted
Silver Gem Menu: Minted
Cut Paper Ferns: Yes Ma’am Paper Goods
Paper Circle Garland: Minted
Paper Popcorn Boxes: Oriental Trading Co.
Jadeite Tumblers: Ebay
Silver Tray: Williams Sonoma
Trim-a-Tree Sign: Minted
Cheers Paper Flags: Minted
Recipe Booklette: Minted
Silver Ice Bucket: Pottery Barn
Grey and White Straws: Minted
Felt Garland: Minted
Styling Assistant: Anna Louise Wolfe
Styling Assistant: Kelsey Pirrotta

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  1. Tess

    Hi! May I ask where you got the marbled napkins? Thank you!

  2. Ashley

    I also would love to know where the malachite napkins are from!

  3. Kim Dietrich Elam

    Love your color palette and those icicle stirrers!!!