‘Tis the season of joy, love, and celebration, and what better way to embrace the festive spirit than with a Christmas party that brings together all the talented professionals in the DMV wedding industry?
On December 12th, 2023, Angelica & Co, in collaboration with Zandi Entertainment, hosted a spectacular Christmas party at the enchanting Birkby House in Leesburg, Virginia. This gathering wasn’t just a Holiday party; it was a heartfelt thank you to all the industry professionals who had become more than just colleagues – they have been a supportive community that makes everyone’s dreams come true!
What set this celebration apart was the unity of professionals from diverse event industry categories. Photographers, videographers, entertainers, stationers, planners, caterers, florists – professionals from every niche came together. This event was a testament to the collaborative spirit that defines the events industry, showcasing the interconnectedness of talents that make dreams come true.
Birkby House, with its historic charm, became the canvas for a breathtaking winter wonderland. Zandi Entertainment, Angelica & Co, and Birkby House collaborated seamlessly to transform the venue into an enchanting space. Twinkling lights, lush greenery, and elegant Christmas decorations adorned every corner, creating an ambiance that resonated with the warmth and spirit of the holiday season.
The Christmas celebration kicked off with an enchanting “Merry Mingle” inside Birkby House, setting the tone for a festive evening of joy and camaraderie. As guests arrived, they were greeted by the sight of the beautifully adorned venue, with every corner aglow in the warm embrace of festive decorations.
Angelica & Co’s vision came to life as we partnered with BBJ La Tavola and Select Event Group to elevate the event’s atmosphere with gorgeous linens and fabrics. The historic home became a winter wonderland, with carefully selected linens and fabrics enhancing the charm of every space. This thoughtful partnership not only enhanced the aesthetic appeal of Birkby House but also set the stage for a night filled with elegance and holiday cheer. The Merry Mingle became a memorable introduction to an evening that celebrated the spirit of the season in a beautifully decorated and welcoming historic setting.
Upon arrival, guests were greeted by the warm ambiance of festive decorations and the harmonious voices of carolers provided by Zandi Entertainment. The historic home came alive with the joyful melodies of holiday carols, creating a magical and immersive experience.
Paisley & Jade, a specialty rental company based in Richmond, played a pivotal role in transforming our Christmas celebration at Birkby House into a visually stunning and inviting space! Their contribution went beyond mere furnishings as they provided custom bars and lounge furniture that added a touch of elegance and comfort to the venue.
Our collaboration took the design to the next level, with Paisley & Jade installing bar panels adorned with a custom Christmas pattern crafted by Oh Eleven Studio. This resulted in a seamless fusion of functionality and aesthetics, where every piece of furniture, from the stylish custom bars to the inviting lounge areas, contributed to the overall ambiance. The Christmas-themed pattern on the bar panels added a delightful festive touch, tying together the entire look and creating a cohesive visual experience. Paisley & Jade’s expertise in event rentals brought a unique and captivating element to the celebration, leaving a lasting impression on all who attended.
Angelica & Co took the design to the next level by curating a breathtaking sequined pattern linen tablescape inside of Birkby’s Glass Conservatory. The tables were adorned with linens from BBJ La Tavola featuring a gorgeous sequined overlay with a midnight navy linen underneath, providing a touch of glamour and sophistication. The color palette we chose included black, gold, and navy blue, creating a harmonious blend that complemented the festive theme.
Touches of black added a sense of modern elegance, gold brought in a luxurious and celebratory feel, while a marigold runner by BBJ La Tavola introduced a pop of warmth and vibrancy. The carefully curated tablescape showcased the meticulous attention to detail in the design process, ensuring that every element seamlessly contributed to the overall look and feel of the celebration.
Haley with Cedar & Lime Collective made a stunning contribution to the overall aesthetic of the Christmas celebration by providing gorgeous, vibrant winter florals and an assortment of colorful candle tapers. The floral arrangements added a burst of life and color to the venue, creating a visually striking atmosphere that perfectly captured the essence of the winter season. The choice of vibrant winter florals, coupled with the varied hues of candle tapers, created a lively and enchanting ambiance.
The combination of Cedar & Lime Collective‘s floral expertise and Angelica & Co’s seamless design resulted in a visually stunning and cohesive decor that left a lasting impression on all attendees, making the Christmas celebration a truly magical and memorable experience.
Patricia with Oh Eleven Studio, a modern stationer & calligrapher, brought a touch of enchantment to the celebration with their custom menus and paper signage. Each creation was a testament to her meticulous attention to detail and commitment to infusing every element with festive spirit. The custom menus were works of art, beautifully designed to complement the holiday theme, featuring seasonal motifs and elegant typography.
The paper pieces, ranging from place cards to festive signage, were adorned with intricate details that captivated the eye. What truly set Oh Eleven Studio‘s work apart was the thoughtful addition of bows with guests’ names, a personal and charming touch that added warmth and individuality to each piece. These decorated and festive paper items not only served a functional purpose but also became delightful keepsakes, reflecting the studio’s dedication to creating memorable experiences through their artistic creations.
On stage, Romin from Zandi Entertainment, Angelica, and Megan and Carleigh with Birkby House collectively expressed gratitude to everyone present. Anecdotes of shared challenges, creative collaborations, and the passion that binds the events industry were shared. The celebration was a heartfelt thank you to the entire community for their contributions to the industry’s collective success.
The air was filled with laughter, clinking glasses, and the festive notes of holiday music. Zandi Entertainment’s live band set the tone for a night of joy and camaraderie. The Christmas-themed photo backdrop accessorized with Nutcrackers captured spontaneous moments of happiness and unity, encouraging guests to take photos to remember.
No celebration is complete without delicious food, and the Christmas party at Birkby House was no exception. Tuscarora Mill showcased their culinary expertise with a spread that delighted the senses. From festive appetizers to decadent desserts, every bite was a testament to the talent that exists within the events industry.
Tuscarora Mill, renowned for its culinary excellence, made a remarkable contribution to the Christmas celebration at Birkby House through a delectable four-course meal that was absolutely delicious! The culinary team at Tuscarora Mill showcased their expertise by crafting a menu that seamlessly blended seasonal flavors and holiday-inspired dishes. The appetizers, thoughtfully curated and artfully presented, offered a tantalizing introduction to the culinary journey.
The main course, featuring a selection of carefully prepared dishes, highlighted the restaurant’s commitment to using fresh, locally-sourced ingredients. Each bite was a symphony of flavors, from savory to sweet, reflecting the culinary mastery of Tuskie’s. The dessert course was a grand finale, featuring an indulgent Chocolate Peppermint Cheesecake with Chocolate Sauce and mini alcoholic pairing that left a lasting impression on the taste buds.
Laughter, clinking glasses, and the sound of holiday music filled the air as industry professionals mingled and shared stories. The Christmas-themed photo booth was a hit, capturing candid moments of joy and camaraderie. The carefully curated music by Zandi Entertainment ensured that the good energy was flowing, as professionals let loose and celebrated both their individual talents and the collective beauty of the events industry.
As the celebration concluded, and the last notes of a festive carol echoed through Birkby House, it was evident that Angelica & Co, Zandi Entertainment and Birkby House had created more than just a party. This collaborative event celebrated unity, creativity, and the shared passion that defines the wedding industry. Attendees left not only with memories of a joyful evening but with a renewed sense of community that will continue to inspire and uplift them throughout the coming year. Here’s to the collaborative spirit of the wedding industry and the magic it brings to life, a celebration that resonates long after the lights fade and the music ends!
As the Christmas celebration at Birkby House drew to a close, guests were treated to a magical surprise that added a whimsical touch to the evening. The little drummer boy, adorned in charming attire, skillfully drummed his way into the hearts of the guests, creating an atmosphere of joy and excitement.
To conclude the festivities on a high note, the little drummer boy took on the role of a spirited escort, leading the way as guests embarked on a delightful journey to the after-party at Side Bar down the road. This unexpected and delightful twist added a unique and memorable element to the event, ensuring that the Christmas celebration lingered in the hearts of all who attended. The after-party at Side Bar became a perfect venue for a nightcap, continuing the festive spirit and providing a wonderful conclusion to a night filled with enchantment and holiday merriment.
Planning & Design: Angelica & Co. @angelicacoweddings
Venue: Birkby House @birkbyhouse
Catering: Tuscarora Mill @tuskies
Entertainment: Zandi Entertainment @zandientertainment
Florist: Cedar & Lime Collective @cedarandlimeco
Stationary: Oh Eleven Studio @ohelevenstudio
Furniture & Decor: Paisley & Jade @paisleyandjade
Linens, Chargers, & Napkin Rings: BBJ La Tavola @bbjlatavola
Tabletop Rentals: Select Event Group @selecteventgroup
Photographer: Hana Gonzalez @hanagonzalezphoto
Videographer: Monachetti Films @monachettifilms
Hair: Sasha Styles Hair @sashastyleshair
Makeup: Makeup by Shirin @makeupbyshirin_
Custom Cookies: Liberty Baking Co. @libertybakingco
Lighting: Lighting & Sound Co. @lightingandsoundco
After Party: SideBar @sidebarlbg