It’s the most wonderful time of the year… in July. Celebrating a holiday in July isn’t just about the 4th- one of my favorite things to celebrate in July is Christmas in July. And can I let you in on a secret? It is all about the ‘magic’ and the feeling of Christmas and enjoying that all year long.
So today it is about ideas for how to enjoy that magical ambiance for a special summer evening gathering out under the stars. Full of twinkling trees, flickering candles & that can feel as ‘Christmasy’ as you would like. Todays post is a long one folks- I guess you could say I am pretty darn excited about all that holiday magic in July. And I create a little video tour of all the magic in action too. *Came to update after several messages- I apologize if the video isn’t showing up but it should soon. Lots of technical glitches this evening.
Set the Stage
The first thing I do whenever I style a place for a gathering is to set the stage. For this summer evening – it was all about creating a whole lot of cozy ambiance, a place to sit and break bread together and a place to relax and enjoy an evening full of magic. Here is a look at each space along with tips for styling your own summer celebration gathering.
On the Table
On the table it was all about the centerpiece.
Fresh clipped branches, led twigs and birch candles were perfect for creating center of the table.
Tip: Use delicate light in layers on the table for creating a warmth for guests to enjoy.
I started with fresh clipped cedar branches for a natural touch- and then layered lighted snowy branch twig garland over them. The branches have a very soft glow that adds just a bit of that fairy light magic. To bring in some height- I used 3 sizes of Miracle Flame LED birch candles.
I set up several twinkling trees for a beautiful backdrop for the fire pit area- and as you can see- that twinkle backdrop works the same magic for the dining area as well.
I am a Huge fan of these accents trees for year round ambiance. You have seen them tucked into the trees behind the patio of the main house-and they brought just as much charm to the guest cottage patio area. For this small space styling, I used two 7′ Birch trees and two 6′ Snowy Branch Trees.
Tip: Mix & Mingle different heights of the trees for layers of magic.
The Lounge Area
Creating a spot for everyone to retreat to and relax after dinner was so much fun. With the twinkling trees, fire pit glow and candles flickering- it created a charming place to sit and watch the stars.
Tip: Set a couple of candles up in the sitting area and bring the nibbles platter over for enjoying fireside.
A Magical Summer Tree
Of course, the piece de resistance of this area – that magical Christmas tree twinkling away in the corner. It brings so much warmth and a feeling that is almost felt like you were sitting down for an evening at a resort where their trees are all lit up with magic.
I set up one of my favorite Balsam Hill trees- the European Fir. This tree has a natural and somewhat wild and wonky shape that I love- and it looks incredible real just like all of Balsam Hill’s trees.
I decorated it with several layers of Easy Wrap fairy lights for even more magic- I am obsessed with these lights and will be using them all over the place this holiday season. And then I added a couple snowy twig branch garlands (same that are on the table) I love the natural element that they bring. I also tucked a few pinecones that I gathered up and some dried seed pods into the branches.
For the ornaments- I kept it simple. I mixed vintage ornaments with some mini mercury glass ornaments for a subtle shimmer and shine.
And my favorite touch? The Capiz star garland.
Favorite Things- Capiz Star Garland
You might remember this star garland from my holiday decor last year. I used it on the mantel and on the dining table in the barn. And for this gathering- I used it in several places as well. I absolutely love how the lights light up the capiz and create such a warm glow. Pure magic!
Tip: On the tree- the star garland all lit up brings an extra layer of lights. On the table, it brings a warm glow that compliments the candles. And in the trees- those stars dancing in the branches bring a bit of celestial Christmas magic to this gathering.
When it comes to Christmas in July- as you can see- you can bring all those favorite holiday elements together to create a magic filled place to entertain and gather out under the stars.
With twinkling trees and stars in the branches- it combines the magic of Christmas with the wonderful feeling of summer nights for a setting that is filled with ambiance.
Shop the Look
You can shop Balsam Hill’s Christmas in July SALE– and find everything you need to get ready for a beautiful celebration now and again this holiday season. And most everything is on sale and up to 50% off right now.
What do you think of this Christmas in July gathering? I love how it came together and hope you do too. I will share another styling to celebrate soon. Happy summer entertaining all.
- Disclosure- I work with Balsam Hill as their Ambassador- and love celebrating all things Christmas with them all year long.