Holiday Hosting: 5 Tips to Create Party Magic

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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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


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