Styling a Party for Anthropologie

Are you throwing a New Year's Eve party this year? I am and as the day nears I'm busy getting everything ready. I've been working on a couple of parties lately. Earlier this month, I helped Anthropologie kick off the opening of their fifth retail location in Toronto with an intimate, candlelit party for 45 people. 

Anthropologie brought me on board to style the evening and I happily pillaged their stores both online and in person to bring the evening to life. The day of the event 45 boxes of home decor items that I had handpicked arrived including everything from cutlery to lanterns and tablecloths.

I wanted to create a decadent mood and decided to put all the emphasis on candlelight. People often shy away from using too many candles on a tabletop but the effect is so dramatic and casts a beautiful light and atmosphere over the room. Layered in between all the candles were hits of metallics mixed in with lush evergreens and mosses to create an enchanted wintry wonderland feel. Forget Me Not flowers did an incredible job at the centrepieces.

For the placeholders, we used ceramic feather christmas tree ornaments and wrote each guest's name on in a gold marker.

Elsewhere we created exquisite vignettes using objects from Anthropologie. My favourite were these three tiered crane stands which we piled high with macarons, pomegranates, clementines, and figs. 

Over 150 Tantallon lanterns in various sizes cast dappled light over the room from the bar to the side tables. We even lined all the walkways outside the room in these pierced candleholders.

Vanessa Mulroney and Jane Hanrahan (both wearing Anthropologie) of the Power of Prive were the masterminds behind this whole event. Their attention to detail is outstanding. It was such a pleasure to work with both of them.

I joined the New York PR team from Anthropologie for a quick photo. From left to right: Brittany Masset, myself, Amanda Ritchie, and Sara Goodstein. These women worked tirelessly with me unpacking boxes and setting up the room.

The event was held at The Fifth in their top floor dining room. A view from outside to the candlelit room.

The meal was prepared by chef Corey Vitiello and was absolutely delicious.

We even made the pages of Hello! Canada! It was a night to remember and a beautiful way to close off 2014. Let's hope my New Year's Eve dinner is as successful.

(Many thanks to Annie McDonald for helping me set up this event. I coudn't have done it without you!)