Cosy up and snuggle down! 4 themes for hosting a hygge inspired party

Before we begin, I want to make one thing clear, I am by no means an expert on “hygge”. I can barely pronounce the word and despite being 6ft tall, I’m definitely not Danish! I am however, slightly obsessed with the concept of hygge AND I’m a dab hand at planning events! So all things considered, I’ve compiled some ideas inspired by the ‘Danish art of happiness’ for you try at home with friends!

For those of you who don’t already know about hygge {hoog-ya}, it’s a Danish concept and way of life that roughly translated into English means ‘cosiness’. Although there’s no direct translation, my take on hygge is similar to that of a bear in hibernation; creating a warm, comfortable and cosy environment where you can relax and get through the harsh winter! 

The Little Book of Hygge I was first introduced to the concept of hygge back in November by my roommate Eimear.
When she described Hygge to me, which at the time we were both pronouncing as ‘higgy’ (wrong!), it described all the things I love about winter; staying-in, hot toddies, candles, hearty food and snuggling up with a blanket and a good book! 

Since first learning about hygge, I’ve become a serious advocate of it! For my birthday, Eimear bought me The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking and my Dad got me a jigsaw puzzle so I could practice being more hyggeligt!  The book talks about all things the Danes associate with hygge. so before you start planning that party, here’s a list of essentials! 

Hygge Essentials
  • Candles, candles and more candles!
  • Warm blankets
  • A knitted jumper and cosy socks
  • A variation of lamps and mood lighting
  • A choice of hot drinks

1. Fondue Night

This is a fun retro twist on a classic wine and cheese night. Whether it’s chocolate or cheese fondue, you pick the poison! Personally, I would be opting for the chocolate fondue, but I know the vast majority of my friends would be on team cheese! There’s really no limit on the number of things you can dip into a fondue!

2. Games Night

Gather the gang together for an epic games night! I’ve always loved games like Trivial Pursuit, Articulate, and charades but if you’re a bit more competitive and willing to fall out with friends, then there’s always poker or Monopoly! If you wanna impress your guests, make place name cards out of wooden scrabble pieces, or incorporate things like playing cards into your decor! If you’re not willing to put in ANY effort, you can always head to your local pub that keeps games! Conway’s in Blackrock is my favourite as they have a roaring fire, loads of games and very few sports screens!

3. Coffee Morning

It’s safe to say that brunch is still a firm favourite amongst my friends, but recently I’ve been charged upwards of €4 for a cappuccino, €6 for an ice coffee and €14 for an Irish breakfast- complete daylight robbery if you ask me!
Delicious soul food such as pancakes, french toast, and porridge are so cheap and easy to make that it would be so fun to host your friends over a coffee morning where you can snuggle-up, eat food and drink coffee to your hearts content (and not be interrupted by some snooty waitress requesting the table back for the next seating!)

Hygge: Coffee Morning

4. Book Club

It’s only the start of February and already I’ve read two great books this year. There’s no better feeling than turning the last page of a great book, so I love the idea of starting up a book club! I’m just not sure whether I could convince my friends to join me!

 

An Enchanted Evening at the Hilton Garden Inn

For the past couple of months myself and the team have been working on an exciting project with the Jurys Hotel group in Dublin. The popular hotel, located on Custom House Quay, has recently undergone a refurbishment and has been rebranded under the new name Hilton Garden Inn.

As part of the rebrand, the hotel group wanted to throw an exciting launch event to showcase the property to over 150 exclusive guests, clients and media.

Davis Events were tasked with delivering a unique themed event that would WOW guests at every turn! Last Thursday, all our ideas and hard work finally came to fruition and I’m excited to share with you what we delivered…

An Enchanted Garden

The original brief was to deliver a Garden Party theme event, in keeping with the Hilton Garden Inn name. When I read the brief, I knew this was a pitch we had to win! We decided to take our creative response a step further and proposed an Enchanted Garden theme for the event.

I know an Enchanted Garden isn’t the most unique or original idea in the world, but the potential was there and we really sold the idea to the client! We would transform the venue into a colourful and magical place filled with tiny creatures, blossoming flowers and unique entertainment for the guests!

Entrance

As guests arrived into the venue, they were met by our stunning forest fairies! These gorgeous girls had their make-up done by the talented Ruth from L.A Make-up Academy! Guests received an ice-cold glass of bubbly before they were led down our grassy green entrance-way, subtly lit by hurricane lanterns and draped with bunches of morning glory flowers.

Venue Dressing and decòr

To give the garden a truly enchanted feel, we removed all natural light by installing black star-cloth drape into all the window bays, and lit the venue in hues of pink, purple and turquoise.

At every twist and turn there was magic in the garden; tiny creatures, butterflies, birds, statues, flowers and foliage! I especially loved the golden birdcages and the gold iridescent pod tables wrapped with ivy!

Ice sculpture

The pièce de résistance was a giant basket of flowers made entirely from ice and filled using a fresh floral arrangement from the incredibly talented team in Appassionata! I was absolutely delighted how this turned out, although my photos don’t really do it justice!

Entertainment 

In keeping with the theme, an interactive Enchanted Mirror took full length photos of guests and printed them on-site as a keep sake! A Live DJ and Saxophone duo played smooth house music while an illustrator curated beautiful portraits of our guests!

The four seasons

The final part of the event that we curated was the decorative food displays. The theme for the food was The Four Seasons; spring, summer, autumn & winter!
The venue managed the food themselves, so I can’t take credit for that!

I can however, take credit for the beautiful food displays you see below! For spring we used terracotta pots with springtime flowers, pink gingham table cloths and artificial grass. For summer, we used bright and bold flowers such as hot pink, orange, yellow and green in a pineapple vase surrounded with banana leaves.
For Autumn, we used earthy tones and textures such as wooden crates, pinecones, autumn leaves, apples and pumpkin floral centre pieces (this was my favourite display by far)!
Finally, for winter we used pillar candles in a glass vase with a wreath of festive greenery, red berries, cinnamon and frosted branches to create a crisp, cold winter feel!

 

This was such a fun event to work on! Thanks for Hilton Garden Inn for believing in our ideas! And thanks to Michelle and Jenny for helping bring this all together!

I would love to hear your thoughts, so please leave a comment below!

Nikki  x