Winter is such a romantic time, filled with clear, crisp nights, twinkling lights and cozy fireside gatherings.

By Laura Betancourt

When looking for winter wonderland decor ideas there are so many resources to draw from. Snowflakes, Christmas ornaments, reindeer, fresh pine, bare tree branches, twinkling lights and, of course, candlelight.

Pinecones, ornaments and flowers mix for a lovely winter centerpiece Image provided by Square Root Floral Design Photography by Studio EMP

Pinecones, ornaments and flowers mix for a lovely winter centerpiece
Image provided by Square Root Floral Design
Photography by Studio EMP

Silver branches adorned with blue ornaments and stars set the stage for a winter event Image provided by Square Root Floral Design

Silver branches adorned with blue ornaments and stars set the stage for a winter event
Image provided by Square Root Floral Design

Let favorite winter memories or scenes set the direction for a wondrous celebration. In Southern California it is unlikely there will be snow, but a sleigh could set the stage for a dreamy, Currier and Ives style event. Winter lends itself to to a vast array of styles, from traditional through modern, playful and whimsical to formal and opulent.

Choose a Color Combination

Color options go far beyond the traditional red and green or blue and white that are associated with the winter season. Icy blues, silvers and whites work well. For a country feel, consider incorporating a red and green plaid. Gold and cranberry make an elegant combination. Midnight blue or deep purple and silver evoke a winter night. Go modern with whimsical reindeer, frosty blue and white stripes or fanciful snowflakes. Incorporate shiny glass ornaments into bouquets, add touches of gold and crystal, or envelope guests in soft, pastel colors.

Whatever the direction, adding winter touches helps to evoke the mood. The rich, warm scents of cinnamon, gingerbread, spiced cider and pine add to the winter feel. Firelight and candlelight create a warm, inviting atmosphere. In Southern California, even winter events can be held out of doors, so consider fire pits surrounded by comfortable seating or propane heaters to keep things comfortable when the temperature fall after dark.

With so much wonderful winter imagery, the challenge becomes narrowing down the options to create the perfect style. Let the inspiring designs in these images get the creative juices flowing.

Images provided by:Ambiance Lighting Pros, Inc., French Buckets Floral Design, Kevin Covey Wedding and Event Design, Bleu Cotton Photography, White Lilac Event DesignSquare Root Floral Design, Studio EMP

Purple lights set the mood. Image provided by Ambiance Lighting Pros, Inc.

Purple lights set the mood.
Image provided by Ambiance Lighting Pros, Inc.

White roses, silver and gold ornaments and tufts of pine dress a winter table Image provided by Square Root Floral Design<br />Photography by Studio EMP

White roses, silver and gold ornaments and tufts of pine dress a winter table
Image provided by Square Root Floral Design
Photography by Studio EMP

Pastel ornaments embellish a mantel Image provided by White Lilac Event Design

Pastel ornaments embellish a mantel
Image provided by White Lilac Event Design

Blooming ornamental pear branches create a dramatic center piece Image provided by French Buckets Floral Design

Blooming ornamental pear branches create a dramatic center piece
Image provided by French Buckets Floral Design

Deep red and crystal goblets complement white dishes Image provided by French Buckets Floral Design

Deep red and crystal goblets complement white dishes
Image provided by French Buckets Floral Design

Box wood, adorns tables set with green, red and gold for a classic look Image provided by Kevin Covey Wedding and Event Design <br />Photography by Bleu Cotton Photography

Box wood, adorns tables set with green, red and gold for a classic look
Image provided by Kevin Covey Wedding and Event Design
Photography by Bleu Cotton Photography

Snowflakes and icy blue tones create an indoor winter wonderland Image provided by Square Root Floral Design

Snowflakes and icy blue tones create an indoor winter wonderland
Image provided by Square Root Floral Design

Warm and inviting red and gold brunch<br/> Image provided by French Buckets Event Design

Warm and inviting red and gold brunch
Image provided by French Buckets Event Design

Wow guests with golden palm branches and ornaments Image provided by Square Root Floral Design Photography by Studio EMP

Wow guests with golden palm branches and ornaments
Image provided by Square Root Floral Design
Photography by Studio EMP

Cupcakes become an enchanting forest of snowy trees<br /> Image provided by White Lilac Event Design

Cupcakes become an enchanting forest of snowy trees
Image provided by White Lilac Event Design

White lace and peppermint create an inviting table setting Image provided by White Lilac Event Design

White lace and peppermint create an inviting table setting
Image provided by White Lilac Event Design

Red and green plaid make a beautiful contrast to this wedding gown<br/> Image provided by French Buckets Floral Design

Red and green plaid make a beautiful contrast to this wedding gown
Image provided by French Buckets Floral Design

Stars and cranberries adorn garlands Image provided by Kevin Covey Event Design, Photography by Bleu Cotton Photography

Stars and cranberries adorn garlands
Image provided by Kevin Covey Wedding and Event Design
Photography by Bleu Cotton Photography

Fabulous golden garland floats about a lovely red and gold table Image provided by Kevin Covey Event Design, Photography by Bleu Cotton Photography

Fabulous golden garland floats about a lovely red and gold table
Image provided by Kevin Covey Wedding and Event Design
Photography by Bleu Cotton Photography

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