The holiday season is one of our favorite times of year here at Julia Testa. The snow is flying, there’s a festive thrill in the air, and we find ourselves challenged with many unique and gorgeous holiday project ideas, like the holiday party we threw for Shiseido.
Shiseido wanted their party to feel high-end and sophisticated while avoiding being too “in-your-face”. They wanted their decor to feel understated but elegant. They came to the right place: classic and subtle is a Julia Testa staple.
We made 32 handcrafted custom weeping eucalyptus wreaths in oasis foam. The wreaths alone took 72 hours to make because we had to painstakingly insert each eucalyptus tip. The tips can be as fine and delicate as twigs, so it’s not hard to imagine how many of them it would have taken to make the arrangements feel as sumptuous as we wanted. (Hint: it was a lot!) When we were finished with the weeping wreaths, which came out on point, we added four dusty succulents along with some silver brunia and gold holiday ornaments to really make it pop. In the center of each wreath, we placed an ivory pillar candle in a hurricane vase to softly illuminate the whole table.
Every piece of material on the work list for the Shiseido event was decided upon for a reason. We suggested the silver brunia to add to the “rustic Brooklyn” feel of the event, which took place at the Brooklyn Museum. We also suggested the eucalyptus for the scent, since it’s relaxing and definitely “holiday” without being overpowering and distracting for the guests. The event planners at Shiseido couldn’t have been happier with how the event came together, and neither could we.