The holiday season will be here before you know it, so now’s the time to start planning. Whether you’re hosting a festive soiree at a hotel, restaurant, or in the comfort of your own home, the foundation of any great party begins with your space. The first in our four-part series, here are some insider tips to create a warm and inviting fête, for an intimate few friends or a large gathering your guests won’t stop talking about.
- A Cocktail Greeting
What better way to start the night off than by serving your favorite bubbly in a vintage coupe glass or a seasonal cocktail like Whiskey-infused apple cider as your guests arrive. Pssst: Stay tuned, we will be talking more about beverages in our next series.
- A Spirited Aroma
Add a whiff of holiday fragrance into the space with a classic holiday aroma like a woodsy pine, balsam fir or cinnamon soy-based candle. You can also use scented décor like a fresh sage wreath.
- Pops of Color
Add a seasonal nod to the holidays, instead of a full-blown theme, with a pop of color to your décor like fresh white florals, pomegranates and garlands. Also, metallic centerpieces complement it all and make a stylish and design-inspired atmosphere.
- Cozy Conversations
Steer away from the notion of being overly-formal. Place clusters of oversized chairs surrounding small tables in different corners of the room so that guests can easily chat and set down their drinks.
- Lighting is Everything
Chances are your party might start late in the afternoon, so, use the natural light to your benefit. For a warmer evening glow, transition to amber votive holders, chic string lights and tapered candles for instant ambiance. For an added effect, use a television or project a classic black and white holiday film.
– Suzanne Halperin — VP, Catering