Inspired by the Danish word Hygee which means cozy warmth, this party is all about the creature comforts of an intimate winter gathering with friends and family. Featuring natural wood elements and greenery, a simple neutral backdrop, and the most delicious meal, it’s natural beauty wrapped up with sparkling candlelight. Get cozy with even more of this holiday inspiration crafted by Janice Dunwoody along with florals by Minka and photos by Fidelio Photography right here.

I’ve been dreaming up this Nordic inspired shoot for several months and was so happy to find a great team to help me bring it to life. The inspiration started with the Danish word “Hygge,” which means “cozy warmth” — spending time with loved ones in a light filled home. My vision for the shoot was that it would be a holiday gathering of friends, with white, gray, light woods, greenery and simple details like the Moravian stars.

From the Stylist… My inspiration started from my father’s handmade, homegrown grape vines wreaths. I alternated the speckled glazed plates with a natural evergreen branch framing each setting. The use of clear bottles were chosen to add a casualness inherent in a twenty-something collection–trying to keep it real looking and not excessive in this day and age of over spending.

The sterling silver flatware, although expensive, was imagined as something that was inherited and passed down among family generations. I chose to use a natural linen bed spread to cover the table to add contrast and texture but to also hide any imperfections a table might have lending a casual formality. The added layer of the Silk and Willow gauzy runner and napkins turned the casual to graceful.

Finally, a peace sign was crafted out of twigs that I imagined this young group would want to convey to each other and share with the world. Michelle from Minka Flowers used brass bells and twine to hang from the chandelier as well as Eastern White Pine and Carolina Sapphire Evergreens on the table for the runner and around the base of the plates on the tables and on the wall.

 The pine was submerged inside the clear wine bottles to create more interest. Carolina Sapphire is lacier and makes great organic shaped wreaths. Our chef and food stylist, Chantal, created some simple appetizers for the group to share including Goat Cheese Truffles with Herbs and Nuts and a Roasted Grape Crostini with Ricotta. They also toasted to the holidays with a Bourbon Cranberry and Maple Cocktail.

Floral Design: Minka | Calligraphy: Extras By Alaina | Antique flatwear, goblets, glass bottles: Stylist's Personal Collection | Deer Head: Nicola's | Food Stylist: Chantal Lambeth | House: The Barn At Flanagan Farm | Models: Katie, Eric, Alyssa, Diana, Danyil, Sam | Paper products, ribbon, twine: Silk & Willow | Photographers: Fidelio Photography | Plates and bowls: Crate & Barrel | Star Cluster Tumblers: Anthropologie | Stylist: Janice Dunwoody | Table Linens and Napkins: Silk & Willow | Table stars, wood cheese board and candlesticks: Target | Tablecloth: Rough Linen | Wardrobe Stylist: Diana Kushnar