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What are the ingredients for a stunning holiday soirée?  Cocktails, of course. Written by Andrea Goto. Photography by Beau Kester

You know the drill.  Back in early November, a holiday party seemed like a good idea.  But when the big day rolls around, your version of P. Diddy’s white party devolves into a scene worthy of National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation: your boss is over-served, the pork loin is undercooked and you offer foie gras to a card-carrying PETA member.  Consequently, the holiday spirit exits your body faster than your mother-in-law can question your housekeeping skills—again—and you’re, well, totally Scrooged.

Luckily, there’s professional help for the party-planning impaired.  Hosting heroines Genina Ramirez and Meredith Stroud, co-owners and event planners of From This Day Forward Weddings and Events, transformed the deliberately dark Carriage Wine Cellar at 700 Drayton Restaurant into a bright, convivial atmosphere without seizure-inducing tree lights or demonic cherubs, showing how a festive party can come together as easy as newlyweds under the mistletoe.

Savannah Magazine:  You’ve designed a beautiful tablescape for our little party.  Tell me about the look you were going for.

Genina:  We didn’t want a traditional red-and-green Christmas with tinsel, but a more grown-up (and non-denominational) version of it.  It’s still a gilded look because we have the mercury glass and we still bring in the green, but as a natural element rather than a forced color.  We elevated the look a bit by using purple.  Because red is a base of purple, all the “traditional” colors are here, just not thrown in your face.  Plus, I really don’t like matchy-matchy things—I think it looks boring.

See how this dynamic duo created their tablescape, right HERE >> 

Behind the Scenes: Holiday Cocktails with From This Day Forward Weddings & Events from Stephen Withers on Vimeo.

To get all the details from Genina and Meredith about throwing a festive holiday party, subscribe or pick up a copy of the Nov/Dec issue of Savannah magazine today.