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12 Steps to creating an Instagrammable Winter Wonderland Theme Party

By Rachel Kay

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winter wonderland theme party

It’s hard to beat the beauty of a winter wonderland theme dinner table. The winter look is at once elegant , modern, and sophisticated. You can use this theme for many different occasions, and there are many ways to decorate with this theme. 

I recently used this theme for my Hanukkah dinner party, and it looked so spectacular, that I had to share it with you!

I traveled to Finland this winter, and I was inspired to create this winter wonderland  theme party, coupled with the Lapland theme, which is the area in Finland I visited. The region is famous for its snow, and all kinds of outdoor snow activities, including, dogsledding, and snow mobiling. People come to view the spectacular northern lights, which are streaks of color lighting up the sky.

 I like to create themes of different countries to use for my parties, and I experiment with those regional recipes to give my guests a real feel for the place. 

Here I did the same, bringing in different elements of the Finland and foods that are traditionally Finnish. 

finnish pancake and gloggi
finnish Herring

The overall look is winter wonderland, and can be used for any type of occasion and not necessarily for the Finland theme. 

 Here is a picture of this stunning winter wonderland theme table.

There are many elements in this table setting, that are easy to do or buy, that you can recreate in your own home. I will break them down for you, so that you can easily learn how to get this instagram worthy tablescape. 

winter wonderland theme

Step 1:

Choose a winter wonderland color scheme, which is basically all shades of snow and ice, and bare trees. That means white, icy blue, silver, and maybe some wood elements to warm it up a bit. 

Step 2:

Choose tablecloths, runners or placemats that bring in your theme. If you have a rustic wooden table, or a white shiny table, you can incorporate it in your look and it isn’t necessary to use a tablecloth, you can use a runner. But if your table does not specifically match the winter wonderland theme, you should definitely use a tablecloth. 

Here I used a pure white floor length tablecloth, which is definitely more elegant than a short tablecloth, I used several to cover my large table. For the snowy theme, I found white fur blankets, at a discount store, and cut them into strips, for runners. I added some strips as scarves on my chairs. Use your imagination, you don’t have to buy expensive table linens. You can find ready fur runners on amazon, or buy fur fabric at your local store.

winter wonderland theme party
winter wonderland theme party

Step 3:

Chairs should blend with the winter theme too. You can look into renting some chairs if yours don’t match. I actually used some spare folding chairs I had, and bought white chair covers online, to make them blend in. I then draped white fur over them.

Step 4:

Centerpieces is a focal point of any table. Here you can bring in the elements and colors of your theme. Here I used our Moda collection as the base of the centerpieces. The silver was the perfect color, and it added height and a place to display my various props. You can order those here.

Next I chose tall glass vases, from our collection, click here. I purchase snow spray online, and lightly sprayed the lower half of my vase, to give it that snowy look. Don’t worry about being perfect, it is supposed to look bumpy and wavy, like snow drifts.

I then filled them with white branches, and draped some crystals over some branches, to resemble icicles.

I also bought some white feathers and added them to the arrangement, for more of that snowy, furry look. 

winter wonderland theme
winter wonderland theme party

Step 5:

Group several vases and other items together for more impact on a larger table. When setting a longer table, One vase in the middle, just won’t cut it, it will look lost, and will not dress up the table enough. Here I grouped 3 tall vases, and I also threw in some small silver vases that I had lying around. You can also group candlesticks with the vases for more impact and soft candlelight. It will really enhance your winter wonderland theme. For a nice selection of candlestick click here

Step 6:

Add small elements of nature to further bring in your winter theme. Here I added pine cones, sprayed with snow spray, reindeer antlers that I brought back from my trip (you can use tree bark or twigs and lay them down) and those cute glittery penguins I bought in Christmas tree shops.

Step 7:

Use only white dishes, preferably in square or rectangular shapes, which brings in the cool icy look to your table. I prefer using real dishes, as opposed to disposables. Besides for being much more eco friendly, they are so much more elegant and will really elevate your party, and bring in a class that disposables can definitely not. 

Here I set with the rectangular dinner plate, from our collections, click here: I also used the small appetizer plate, on the side of the dinner plate, to contain a purple cabbage salad, that had nuts, and apples for crunch..it was really yummy..

You should set with clear, silver or aqua blue glasses, to further the winter wonderland theme. These silver shadow goblets would work perfectly with this table setting. Click here

The flatware should be silver and clean and modern, not anything traditional..Since the cool icy theme, is more sleek and modern . This flatware set would really suit the look.

Step 8:

Small accents make a huge difference. They make the party look so much more exciting, and look like you really put effort into it.

 I used fine white linen napkins with silver stitching, for a classy touch. I also brought back some pretty paper napkins from Finland that I put on the table to enhance the winter wonderland theme. 

I hung white plastic snowflakes from my chandelier to add some snowy accents.

I printed menu cards, in Finnish-translated to English, and put it on everyone’s place. You can go on to the website Canva.com where it is super easy to create any graphics, for free. You can then download them and print them. I printed a poster of Finland too, for added drama. You can do a snowy poster and write the message you want to bring out your theme…Like a birthdays, baby showers, anniversaries, or any holiday message.

I found  silver wrapped firecrackers in Christmas tree shops, and loved how they brought some sparkle to the table.

Step 8:

Make it personal to make your guests feel special. 

Place Cards or souvenirs are great ways to add that personal touch for your guest. Here I used both on every place setting, to make them feel welcome and also, enhance the winter wonderland theme. 

I bought these mini bark name tags, and wrote each guest names on them. I also brought back a silver reindeer keychain from Finland that I tied on this little bundle on everyone’s napkin.

Using several natural elements, like a feather, tree bark, a cotton stem, and some twine, I brought some delicate, elegant, and wintery decor to the table setting. These small personal touches really make a big difference and can take your table to the next level. This tip can be applied to any theme, just think of which flower, leaf, twig, herb or other small decor item would enhance that particular theme. 

Step 9:

The food or appetizers that are sitting on the table when it is set should blend in with your theme or color scheme. It is not a must, but I feel if done well, it can also be a major player. 

Here I decided to make an ice sculpture for each place setting. It was easy to do, and it was a real wow. I put a mini appetizer on each ice block, right before serving.

Step 11:

This is how I made them: I took an orange juice carton and cut off the top third with a sharp serrated knife. I then filled it ⅔ full with water. Try to put enough water that the height and the width should be approximately square..but don’t worry too much about it. It doesn’t need to be perfect. 

I then threw in some blueberries and green parsley leaves. You can use any fruits, leaves or flowers that suit your theme. I then froze it, until it was solid. I then let them sit on the counter for about 15 minutes, until they started melting and I was able to pop them out. I then put them back in the freezer to store until the party. I used several cartons to speed up the process. If the top or bottom swell up, don’t worry just lay the ice blocks on their sides. 

I put them out about 10 minutes before the guests arrived. They sat on the table for 40 minutes, before they started melting a bit. Make sure they are sitting on a plate that has a rim to contain the water from the melting. 

Step 11:

Put your food, and appetizers on a separate buffet or small table on the side. Don’t put too much food or platters on your table since it will start looking messy and too full. Keep it more decorative, and put the food somewhere else, or bring them in after the party starts. 

Except for the food that matches your look and you feel will enhance your table decor.

winter wonderland theme

Step 12:

Add some mood lighting. You can buy LED lights on amazon for projecting around the room.

I put several around the room to add that aura and make you feel transported.

I also bought aurora borealis lights on amazon, it projected colored waves across the ceiling to mimic the northern lights.

I also bought some mini lights that I threw into the vases, and between the props. They added that icy glow.

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