We went overboard with flowers (fake), candles (used a lot of "flickering" fake candles to eliminate the danger of fire), made dreamcatchers, used jars and vases, birdcages and lanterns, covered all our cushions with gorgeous boho inspired fabrics and borrowed lots and lots of ottomans, floor cushions and pretty cloths. All the serving dishes were pretty trays and wooden serving boards. The dinner plates were bamboo platters (from the party shop), with the spoons/forks/knives displayed in mini metal buckets. The drinks station had four large drink dispensers and an antique french wire planter filled with ice and cold "buddy" bottles of coke, some beers for the big people. The drink dispensers (four of them) we had mango iced tea, fruit punch, mohito punch (alcoholic) and ruby red punch (alcoholic). All details described below in better detail:
Although the pic below shows all the food - which we'll get to in a minute... it also shows the dream catchers we made. We had three hanging in this area and some outside in the patio room. We made them by pressing black doily style placements into embroidery hoops, painting the hoops black to match and then adding wool and lace strips and beads to the bottom. The runner under the food is a scarf my daughter brought back from India.
We used fake candles (battery operated) for safety and meant we didn't have to worry about them all night. We used as much as we had in our home. We borrowed trays and serving platters from friends. I found a gorgeous white reindeer head at a bargain shop and we glue gunned fake flowers around the antlers.
This was the biggest challenge as we wanted to cater for at least 50+ people. I wanted all the food to look amazing and taste amazing. I was also doing the cake myself. All recipes can be found on this blog.
On the wall near the food I printed off this border - hot glued some flowers to the edge and printed off menu selections for gluten free and vegan choices at the party.
This cheese platter we were so proud of, it turned out amazing and yum, was delicious. We had several home made dips - hommus, beetroot dip and avocado dip (all recipes on blog). Nuts, meats, cheeses, crackers, homemade green triangle dippers (recipe on blog), fruits etc. yum.