Need some holiday entertaining inspo? We have everything you need to host a fabulous Christmas party.
by Patricia Mae Olson, Home Editor
Home for the holidays and looking to entertain in style? As someone who loves to host, set beautiful tablescapes and throw fun parties, I’ve search the area high and low to find the best pieces to help you be the hostess with the mostest.
Let’s start with the table, where everyone gathers round to enjoy a meal together. Your table should be beautiful but functional and interesting, of course. Start with your tablecloth (solid or printed) then layer in some placemats and runners. I found truly stunning beaded placemats at The Little House Shop which add some shimmer and texture to your table. However, if you’re looking for easy clean up and a more affordable option, checkout Hester & Cook’s paper placemats found at Valley Forge Flowers.
Don’t forget your jewelry for the table… napkin rings! There are so many great options out there from bells to Lucite. Napkin rings are an easy DIY project too. Simply tie velvet ribbons around your napkins.
When it comes to plates and flatware, you can’t go wrong with pulling out your family’s China or silver. For a fresh update checkout Anthropologie’s festive plates, available in beautiful winter scenes or 12 days of Christmas.
For your tabletop décor, fill a beautiful bowl with glass ornaments in the center of your table. This is a way to add color or reflect light off the mirrored metals. Every table needs some greenery, whether you opt for faux topiaries or real flowers, putting them in a pretty cachepot like the Jayes Studio ones from MLW Showroom makes a statement. One of my favorite products this season are cordless, USB charging, touch table lamps. I found them at The Little House Shop in a variety of colors and sizes.
An easy way to make your party feel elevated is with a signature cocktail for the affair, which leads me to decorating a bar cart or bar space. In addition to the booze in the scape, add festive paper cocktail napkins and reusable cups with silly sayings from Adorn Goods.
Don’t forget the entertainment. Games are a great way to break the ice, keep the party going and of course provide lots of laughs. I found a fun gin and tonic pong game set at Taste of Britain that will bring out anyone’s playful competitive side.
As with anything in life, hosting included, don’t take yourself too seriously. Have fun with it! The best host is a happy, welcoming one, so if you’re not a cook then hire catering, and if you need an extra hand then look into Party Host Helper or delegate when needed. Happy hosting this holiday season!
Want more holiday fun ideas? Read about Peddler’s Village, local holiday markets and our holiday gift guide.
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