It’s become an annual holiday tradition for SM Entertainment to give fans the ultimate end-of-year gift with a compilation album featuring all of their artists! And this year’s version, SMCU Palace, is already blowing our minds. The first taste we’ve gotten of the album is ‘Beautiful Christmas,’ a stunning collab between Red Velvet and aespa that combines their gorgeous vocals and warm energy.
The music video feels like something straight off a winter Pinterest board, and it’s giving us the ultimate holiday party inspo. So why not use it as inspiration for a Christmas get-together with your best friends? Check out the video below, then let’s get planning!
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Most of the indoor scenes for ‘Beautiful Christmas’ show the girls surrounded by sweet pastels, but if a traditional Christmas color scheme is more your thing, don’t worry! There are also plenty of red accents that you can totally lean into. Grab some colorful pillows for everyone to sit on, round string lights to add a cozy vibe, white candles, and an old-fashioned radio – may be in the form of a Bluetooth speaker so you can stream ‘Beautiful Christmas’ all night?
If you want a little extra mood lighting, Wendy’s high-note scene has a perfect choice. Just one look at those star-shaped lanterns in the back had us pressing “add to cart” as soon as we could! After the party ended, you could use them as Christmas decorations or hang them around your room.
The Dress Code
We already knew ‘Beautiful Christmas’ would have some jaw-dropping outfits – because when does an aespa or Red Velvet video not have jaw-dropping outfits? – but they really exceeded our expectations! There are a few sweet sets to draw inspiration from, so we’ll give a bit of inspo for each. First, let’s start with the outside outfits – they mix winter whites, preppy plaid, and pastel pink to give us such unique looks that we can’t get enough of.
A lot of these outfits fall under the buzzing Plaza Princess aesthetic (think a softer Blair Waldorf), so there are a bunch of options out there. Some of our faves that match the ‘Beautiful Christmas’ vibes are this gingham dress like Yeri’s, this tweed skirt like Giselle’s, and this soft beret like Joy’s.
The second set of outfits we see is the girls’ adorable pajamas, which we’d totally steal for a movie night. Whether you go for a cozy sweatshirt like Wendy, a green raglan-esque shirt like Ningning, or a soft blue plaid moment like Giselle, you’ll be all set for a fun night in.
Finally, this scene gives Mean Girls ‘Jingle Bell Rock’ in all the best ways! Each of the girls’ looks was an elevated take on a classic Santa outfit – you can pick up a dress like this one and complete the outfit with a bow belt and black knee-high boots.
Throughout the video, we see the girls writing letters to Santa, so why not do something similar? You can do a Secret Santa-esque holiday card exchange, write out your Christmas lists together, or even think of some New Year’s resolutions so you can cheer each other on in 2023. SMCU Palace envelopes are optional, but it’d be a fun detail to recreate them with a castle stamp.
Is it really a Christmas party without pizza? Probably not! One scene of ‘Beautiful Christmas’ sees Seulgi, Winter, Wendy, and Karina – maybe coincidentally, all members of GOT The Beat – showing up to a holiday gathering with pizza, champagne flutes, and some colorful drinks. If you’re of age, have fun with some sparkling beverages! And if you’re underage or just don’t like drinking, pick up some orange juice and pink lemonade. No matter what you choose, the fancy glasses will elevate the experience.
The Winter Wonderland
Maybe you don’t have a giant, perfectly-decorated tree in your backyard, but we think a fun alternative would be to walk or drive around your neighborhood to look at pretty light displays! Or, if you want to have a giant, perfectly-decorated tree in your backyard, pick up some outdoor-friendly string lights and ornaments to deck the halls with your friends.
Now, Time For The Party!
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