my top easy, stylish tips for holiday entertaining
December 20th, 2012
With Christmas on Tuesday, this is a big party weekend … at least in my world! We are hosting my husband’s team party on Saturday and — per our tradition — Santa makes an appearance at Christmas Eve day’s breakfast before he sets out on his trip across the world. Have I told you Santa lives on our street? It’s totally true. I mean, would you want to live in the North Pole year-round? Exactly. Don’t tell your kids. Of course, Saturday is adults-only (although two rowdy twins are sure to make an appearance) and Monday is kiddos running around non-stop. Even parents without twins get a little taste of “life with multiples” … because of all the same-age friends!
With that in mind, I created a holiday entertaining set-up that — making only a few adjustments — would work for both parties. Yep, it’s a two-fer. I always suggest picking a color scheme and sticking to it … so I carried the same red and aqua color scheme through to my party planning. Why not pick a color scheme for next year now … and then you can pick up coordinating items throughout the year?
I bought these polka-dot candles from One Kings Lane a while ago, and I was delighted to pull them out for Saturday’s festivities. I already owned the red and white Pottery Barn plates — I prefer “real” plates to plastic for all but the smallest of children — and I picked up aqua napkins to coordinate. If you don’t already have the color you need, Pier One is a great spot to get napkins in all colors. For local readers, Blackhawk Hardware has a super selection!
Everyone loves a candy buffet … and I love using color-coordinated candies! I get so much use out of my glass jars in various sizes. You can find these jars everywhere — and at all price points — but my favorite spots to find them are Michaels and Hobby Lobby. Hopefully, guests are enjoying our yummy food and desserts, so I always provide take-home containers. That way they can save a little something for later! Oh, and look at the Container Store for the stainless steel candy scoops …
A self-serve drink station is a must-have, so that — when I get busy — guests are free to help themselves. These aqua glasses look like vintage hobnail but are instead non-breakable polycarbonate. Have you noticed the different ways that I use ribbon? I love, love, love ribbon. You see it tied to the tray handles — for a touch of aqua — and to the tops of the candy jars. I didn’t own aqua or red vases, so I simply wrapped satin ribbon around ordinary glass cubes. When the party is over, I’ll just take the ribbon off … and be ready for my next party’s color scheme!
Are you entertaining this weekend?
P.S. Oops. First things first. Twin A tested the beard.