The social season is in full swing, which means plenty of occasions to meet up with friends and spend time with family. It’s fairly easy to pull together a festive holiday party outfit. However, when you’re hosting the soirée, you need to feel comfortable, often get ready quickly, and of course feel fabulous. We’ve pulled together easy style solutions and a few hosting tips for different occasions to make this your most enjoyable holiday season yet.
If you’re hosting Thanksgiving this year, you likely will be up to your elbows in stuffing, turkey, and side dishes. Save yourself any extra stress over what to wear with an easy printed dress. The Julie is incredibly flattering with flats (a must today!) and can be accessorized beautifully with pops of metallic. Plus, the rich colors feel festive without being cliché.
Choose a few of our new “crowd pleasers” to add an element of surprise to the table. A few interesting appetizers prepared early will save you from any stress of getting the meal to the table ‘on-time.’ Finally, don’t worry about stashing all of the leftovers immediately following the meal. A few sneaky attendees are sure to make traditional “leftover sandwiches’ later in the night!
Decorate the table simply with seasonal pine cones or gourds. Save any seating arguments by placing a handwritten place card over a simple saucer and a festive decoration such as a mini pumpkin or cranberry cluster.
Cocktails with Co-Workers
Build your work relationships, without the stress of an office environment, by inviting a group of co-workers to your home for a relaxed cocktail party. A classic little black dress balances the need to be slightly conservative with a dose of holiday flash. The embellished cuffs mean accessorizing is a breeze with simple earrings and heeled booties or pumps.
Pair holiday punch or mulled cider with simple one-bite appetizers. Cheese bites or mini meatballs let everyone indulge in the food without an awkward plate, napkin, glass balancing act.
Create a warm and homey environment with holiday scented candles and clustered cranberries. Placing them on small tables throughout the room will encourage conversation space. Finally play Pandora’s “Baby It’s Cold Outside” to add to the fun atmosphere.
It’s easy to get wrapped up in the shopping, gifting, traveling, etc stress of the holidays, but it’s also a wonderful time of the year to catch up and celebrate with friends. Dressing up to host a simple meal with fun music and a few decorations instantly feels like a special celebration. We love the Bailey dress for its streamlined shape and bright stripes. The green is a nod to the holidays without screaming the occasion. Add jeweled earrings or an armful of bangles to feel extra special, but choose chic flats to keep the vibe casual and fun.
Opt for a menu that has elements of holiday favorites, but can easily be prepared early (and with minimal clean up!) Any variation on a breakfast casserole (this one looks delish!) paired with sliced fruit is an easy option. Warm holiday cocktails can follow the traditional coffee and tea to keep the party going.
Finally we vote for Michael Buble’s Christmas album for relaxing and beautiful background music!