Embracing Old-World Elegance with our Southern Twist
As we settle into the holiday season here, Charleston transforms into a city of quintessentially timeless beauty and charm. You won’t find Santa Claus and reindeer decorations here at the Coburn Hutchinson House!
Our historic home exudes an old-world Southern elegance that sets the stage for unforgettable holiday gatherings. As an interior designer in Charleston, I have a unique opportunity to infuse our holiday entertaining with the historic charm of a bygone era.
In this blog, we’ll explore how to create an old-world Charleston-themed holiday soirée, blending fresh florals, pheasant feathers, pine boughs, and more to set the scene for indoor and outdoor celebrations inside and on the veranda.
The Magic of Charleston Holiday Entertaining
With its rich history and warm hospitality, Charleston is the perfect backdrop for hosting holiday gatherings, harkening back to a wholesome time without all the commercial trappings you see today.
The tradition of welcoming friends and family into your home for the holidays is deeply ingrained in the culture of this city.
Whether indoors or on the veranda, Charlestonians revel in the opportunity to showcase their love for elegant, timeless celebrations.
Creating a Charleston Holiday Ambiance
1. Fresh Flowers
2. Pine Cones & Pine Boughs
3. Pheasant Feathers
4. Charcuterie Boards
5. Cut Crystal and China Place Settings
6. Gold Cutlery and accents
Setting Up the Bar Cart
2. Bar Cart Tools
3. Alcoholic & Non-Alcoholic Libations
For a Charleston holiday soirée, consider offering alcoholic and non-alcoholic options to cater to all your guests. While featuring traditional Christmas-themed drinks, you can also create festive ‘signature cocktails’ for your party!
For alcoholic drinks, consider offering classics like eggnog and hot buttered rum. And for my non-alcohol-drinking friends, mocktails featuring seasonal flavors like cranberry and citrus can be a big hit! See below:
Indoor & Outdoor Celebrations
Charleston’s mild winters allow for the unique experience of hosting both indoor and outdoor holiday celebrations. The veranda, adorned with fresh florals, pine cones, and pheasant feathers, provides a stunning backdrop for holiday gatherings. Consider stringing up lights and adding cozy blankets for your guests to stay warm while enjoying the outdoors. Tiny fire pits and outdoor lamps amp up the cozy factor to 10.
In Charleston, the veranda is not just a space; it’s a vibe and an extension of the home, a place to create memories. Whether you celebrate indoors, outdoors, or a bit of both, your Charleston holiday soirée is bound to be a resounding success. I can hear them talking about how wonderful it was already!
Y’all, as an interior designer in Charleston, I love the opportunity to transport my clients’ party organizing to an era where elegance and tradition ruled the day. By ‘keeping it real’ and combining fresh florals, classic decor elements, and carefully crafted cocktails, you can create a Charleston-themed holiday soirée that will be remembered for years to come. It’s all about capturing the old-world charm of this enchanting city and sharing it with your guests in a truly magical way!
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