Editor’s note: Today we have a guest blogger! She’s the wonderfully stylish owner of the blog and prop-rental company Pop & Circumstance, Becky Shade. She’s put together a few of her best tips for hosting a stress-free (but super-chic) holiday party, along with gorgeous decor ideas from a recent holiday photo shoot.
Playing hostess this holiday season? I alway like to keep it simple so that I can enjoy the company of my guests. With that in mind, I’ve rounded up a few of my favorite tips to help you keep your holiday fête stress-free.
1. Create a signature drink. One of my hosting go-tos is a pre-made punch, and a hot spiced cider and rum punch is always a crowd pleaser. A drink dispenser is an easy way to let guests easily serve themselves, freeing you up to socialize. Pop in a few handfuls of cranberries for a instantly festive touch.
2. Small details make all the difference. Before the party brainstorm one or two small touches you can add to make your get together memorable. Guests will appreciate decorative details like these cranberry skewers and hand written drink straws. (Bonus: they make for great Instagrams).
3. Add mood lighting. Take advantage of the early sunsets and illuminate your table with candlelight. The golden glow will make guests feel extra warm and cozy. I love alternating low votives and tall tapers for a romantic effect.
4. Don’t blow your budget. Instead of buying new pieces for your party, find alternative uses for things you already own. For example, vintage pieces can be easily transformed for your event. On our dessert table we used an antique trophy cup to hold silverware, old school silver platters and tea plates, and vintage lanterns for ambience. Look at what you have with fresh eyes to see if you can incorporate them in a unique way. Extra points for using pieces that have special family history.
5. Get in touch with nature. When it comes to the table centerpiece, draw from nature and use elements like greenery, pinecones, and berries. For our shoot, the floral team from Moonstones and Moss wove together different varieties of greens to create an unfussy table runner. To achieve an elegant effect, try placing individual flowers throughout the garland.
6. Enlist friends to help out. Have a friend whose a talented baker? Ask them to contribute a dessert. Friends will be happy to be involved and it will take some of the work off of your plate so that you can relax and have plenty of time to socialize with guests.
7. Raise a glass and toast to great company!
Photographer: Samantha Melanson Photography
Styling & Vintage Rentals: Pop & Circumstance
Florals: Moonstone and Moss
Desserts: The Queens Cups
Venue: The White Room at Crompton Collective
Calligraphy: Posh & Prep