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•Thursday, October 16th, 2014

Gold and Silver: The “Neutral” Holiday

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Give a nod to all backgrounds and cultures this holiday season.

Earlier and earlier every year, the halls are decked with red and green, before anyone is ready and long before the first snowfall. Soon, we’ll have to start stocking up for the holidays at the same time we buy our sunscreen. Unfortunately, by the time the holiday season actually comes around, everyone has gone red­-green colorblind and no one wants to hear “Rudolph the Red­-Nosed Reindeer” anymore.

It’s easy to burn ourselves out on candy canes and gingerbread. The holiday season should be about beauty, elegance, and appreciation, not overexposure to contrasting colors!

Help your holiday party take a moment and remember the beauty and magic of the season by avoiding the traditional “Christmas” decorations this year. Instead, Julia Testa recommends sticking with a “holiday neutral” color palette: elegant, festive silver and gold. The glint of metallic ribbons and bows is perfectly suited to any event this holiday season, as it bespeaks opulence while implying tasteful celebration. Well­-done silver and gold decor acknowledges the season and gives a nod to all backgrounds and cultures without excluding anyone or taking away from the professionalism of the event.

Want to know how it’s done? Explore Julia Testa’s professional advice on holiday decor and holiday events. For guidance for your own holiday planning, contact Julia herself!

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•Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

A Modern Carnivalesque: Our Top 5 Reasons to Throw a Corporate Holiday Party

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Deck the halls at work this year with help from Julia Testa!

In the Middle Ages, at the end of the Feast of Epiphany, courts would celebrate Carnivalesque, when the social order would be reversed for a night. Peasants would sit on the King’s throne; His Majesty would wear a jester’s hat. All year long, everyone looked forward to Carnivalesque, when the stiff court would turn into a playground for the poor and downtrodden.

These days, instead of closing the banks for another day and celebrating Epiphany as well, we do our celebrating during the holiday season, and rather than Carnivalesque, we throw an Office Party, a night when everyone steps out of their prescribed roles and lets loose. Go ahead, have a seat on the king’s throne ­ er, we mean Mr. Johnson’s leather rolling chair.

Have you started planning your own modern­ day Carnivalesque yet? Here are our top seven reasons to make it happen.


1. The office party fosters a sense of camaraderie.

It is a scientific fact that it is impossible not to bond with your work mates when alcohol and downtime are introduced into the equation. Even if your office party is cheesy (and if you put it into Julia Testa’s capable hands, it won’t be), everyone bonds over a good laugh.

2. It gives coworkers a chance to socialize outside of the office.

We spend most of our time at work. It only follows that we want to be at least on good terms, if not friends, with our coworkers. An office party created by Julia Testa provides a relaxing environment in which coworkers can form real bonds.

3. A party is a great way to show employees that you appreciate their hard work.

Part of the beauty of Carnivalesque was the subtle acknowledgment that while a kingdom needs a king or queen, it also would not function without the court jesters and farmers. To thank your employees for another year of their time and valuable effort, throw them a party and give them a night to relax and have some fun.

4. It gives bosses a chance to relate to work mates outside of their work roles.

Maybe Mr. Johnson is just dying to show off his brand new leather rolling chair. Go ahead, ask! It’s the holiday party! This is your chance!

5. A party always alleviates stress.

With the holidays fast approaching and lots of shopping, cooking, and hosting still to do, everyone is bound to be stressed about more than just work. Why not add a little bit of fun into everyone’s week and give them something to look forward to?

What are you waiting for? Book your office party with Julia Testa today!

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•Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

12 Gorgeous Autumn Tablescapes You’ll Fall For

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Antlers, metallic pumpkins, and exotic blooms? These gorgeous tablescapes and arrangements are anything but basic.

The leaves are changing, temperatures are dropping, and your favorite pumpkin-spiced-everything is making a comeback. Fall is officially here. Honor the season with gorgeous tablescapes for your upcoming events.

Break out of the predictable orange and brown color palette for Thanksgiving, Halloween, and all your other fall festivities. Fall has many surprises this year! We are tracking trends of centerpieces in surprising color combinations and a variety of textures. Think moody, blood-red blooms mixed with deep purples and pale pinks, or oversized flowers set against different types of greenery and accented by delicate blossoms.

After all, fall flowers are so much more than mums.