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Home for the Holidays: Helpful Tips for Entertaining your Family and Friends

‘Tis the season. Friends and family gather to celebrate with food, drinks, and festivities. Good food and drink, plenty of preparation, and of course, gorgeous décor make the season bright. Whether your gathering is for two people or twenty, embracing the holly-jolliness of the season is simple with the perfect setting.

Decor: A theme is essential for holiday entertaining. I like to start with a simple color palette that can carry through your home and the evening. Let’s consider green and inviting metallic touches. Apple-green porcelain plates aren’t specific to Christmas but are well suited for any holiday gathering. Add metallic touches on dinner service plates to anchor the green porcelain, gold-rimmed amber wineglasses, and white linens. Elevate the look of a green centerpiece by tucking in gold and silver ornaments. Even simple glass balls can add just the right amount of glitter and glam to make a floral arrangement shine. Your guests will be boasting! When I am troubled, I often explore Pinterest for inspiration.

Bodacious Bites: There is no room for a bah-humbug menu at your party! Elevate an open house with enticing small plates. Here are some ideas:

  • Smoked Salmon with Crème Fraîche Sauce on Shallot Toasts
  • Prosciutto wrapped Asparagus
  • Gourmet Cheese Board
  • Shrimp Skewers with Coconut, Jalapeño, and Cilantro Dipping Sauce

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Lavish Libations: Your gathering will not be complete without a signature drink. I always like to have a tray of cocktails ready to go for my guests. Here are some of my favorites:

  • Traditional Champagne Cocktail with a Sprig of Mint and a Cranberry
  • Mulled Apple Cider spiked with Spiced Rum
  • Pomegranate Sangria dressed with a Sprig of Rosemary
  • Apple and Thyme Martini

You can’t go wrong with a festive cocktail or traditional offering at any party. Non-alcoholic options can include:

  • Sprite with a Sprig of Mint and a Cranberry
  • Hot Chocolate dressed with a Candy Cane
  • Soda Water with a Splash of Pomegranate Juice finished with a Sprig of Rosemary

My best tip of the season…Take the time to appreciate your loved ones, family and friends. Remember all of the joy you have around you, and then host the party of the year!