Entertaining in Style
Holiday parties are some of the best of the year. There’s something magical about putting on party duds (even an ugly Christmas sweater), heading into the cold, and being welcomed by the best of friends who have decked their halls and trimmed their tree. If you’re thinking about throwing your own holiday party this year, here are some quick tips to make sure your celebration is as stylish as they come.
Choose lighting wisely. It gets dark early during the holiday season, so unless you’re having a brunch, you’ll have a great opportunity to set the tone with lighting. Flickering candles add warmth but don’t provide enough real light, but a strand of well-placed twinkle lights (standard or shaped) adds playful whimsy. This is a great time to consider investing in some stylish lamps or built-in lighting as well.
Take time for a centerpiece. Whether you intend to sit around the table or wander around the house, a great centerpiece makes a big difference. Feel free to DIY if that’s your style or purchase simple, timeless items for a sophisticated table scape.
Buy handmade (when you can). Purchasing handmade products is not only popular, it’s meaningful. Supporting local artists throughout the holiday seasons opens you up to one-of-a-kind items and allows you to further express your unique style. From the napkins on the table to spoons in the coffee and everything in between, handmade items will give your home and your party, that something extra.
Be YOU. Fads come and go, but style is what happens when you express yourself authentically. Pick table settings, serving trays, and holiday decorations that catch your eye. Look for little extras that enhance what you already have—maybe a quirky set of holiday coasters, unique napkins, or even cookies made with an unexpected cookie cutter. Your friends will love the look because they love you.
Find ideas on handmade holiday items here.