It's that time of year when holiday parties are upon us. Since this week seems to be a kick off of those parties, I thought I would post a little guide on hosting your own holiday soiree in style!
Your guests are going to receive more invitations than only your's this holiday season. Chances are, they might even receive one for the same evening as yours. You wants yours to be appropriate and well designed with simply the information it needs and no more. Choose a fun design thats easy to read, and clearly states all the necessary dates, times, and addresses. People are likely to attend a party which captures their attention right away from the invitation!
There are so many great color palates to work with during the holidays, and certainly don't be afraid to go with one that is unconventional and fun. Choose something that compliments the elements you already own. Here are some I consider when it comes to the holidays...
Traditional red and green is almost never a miss. With so many variations of the colors, and a wide array of decor options this time of you, you can be sure to differentiate.
I know I discussed this color palate last week, but its absolutely breathtaking. Soft and glamorous, its sure to make you're guests feel special
Light greens and blues remind me of christmas at the beach, but really- it doesn't have to be at the beach. This refreshing palate is fun and energizing!
Finally, you can't go wrong with plum and white. Its luxurious and eye popping!
Last, but certainly not least... classic black and white is beautiful and appropriate at any time of year.
When you are trying to make an impression, detail is everything! Think strongly about the use of florals or other organic elements to include. A couple groupings of well arranged florals can make the spread complete!
The same can be said for candles, their warmth and ambiance will leave people lingering long into the evening...
Elevate your Elements!
I think every great table scape/food spread has a mix of heights. Put your mismatched vases, candle sticks, and hurricanes to use! It will make your table feel full and beautiful!
and of course, dress up more than just your table. Make your own or purchase adorable drink/food flags for your cupcakes, or your signature drinks, top it off with these cute straws and you've gone from drab to fab.
Keep it simple for yourself. Unless you plan to hire a bartender, serve beer, wine, and champagne [ and don't forget water and soda's, too!]. This way its easy for you to serve several people at once without anyone getting too picky, and when the party picks up you can stock up the bar space and people can serve themselves!
Consider serving a signature champagne drink that they won't have at any other party! My favorite is this [available at Williams Sonoma] super delicious raspberry puree nectar in champagne. Easy, too!
Some seasonal drinks served shooter style are sure to evoke a warm feeling from your guests, and a welcome diversion from other offerings. Think hot chocolate or egg nog garnished with a priouette or peppermint stick...
No one likes to arrive at a party to see that the food has been completely over though, and underwhelming. Serve food you know that people will enjoy, because when they think back on your party, they will probably consult their stomachs too. Try some gorgonzola turkey burgers, or these sweet little grilled cheese/tomato soup combos for a fun and fancy take on some comfort foods!
Send your guests home with a reminder of what a great time they had! These s'more boxes are a sweet ending to the perfect night, and something they can indulge in at home!
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