This holiday you may find yourself home for the holidays. We all know what comes with that: hosting. Some of us may be natural-born hostesses. Our calling is cocktail napkins, mix and mingles, and perfectly paired wine and cheese boards. For the hostess with the mostest, it’s your time to shine.
We at The Particulars have met our fair share of these perfect hosts and have attended a stylish shindig or two. We also know that for some (most), hosting a holiday party or dinner can be ultra high stress and take day and days of planning, not to mention shopping, prepping, cooking, decorating, and primping.
With notes from numerous cocktail parties and holiday gatherings, our gift to you this holiday season is the gift of knowledge: the most precious gift of all. We’re dishing out the best holiday particulars that will set the mood, set the table, and set the scene.
Setting the Mood
A well-rounded party has something for all the senses. Before we see anything, our sense of smell can evoke emotion and stimulate all the other senses. This is why it is important to pay particular attention to the aromas in your house. Those who have a real Christmas tree emitting the glorious fir scent can skip this step. For those who don’t, try and emulate that rustic and homey scent. Diptyque candles in Wood Fire are emulates an open crackling fire. The Frosted Forest scent with hints of fir and mint will transport you to a winter wonderland.
Not a fan of open flames in the home? Saje diffusers are the perfect alternative to candles. Add a few drops of their Celebrate diffuser blend and wait for the perfectly balanced oils to awaken the room.
Setting the Table
Dinner is the main event and it’s at the table that all our loved ones are brought together to celebrate the season. The table may also act as the centerpiece of decor leading up to the meal. A beautifully set table is about functionality and simplicity with just the right amount of holiday flair. The first task is to decide on a color scheme. Go with neutral colors when it comes to flatware so that it can be used across all the holidays. Mud Australia makes beautiful plates. Their colorway Ash is a perfect neutral with versatility. Add pops of seasonal color with smaller ticket items such as napkins. Hudson Grace’s stunning linens come in bold brights. An unexpected with yellow or orange will add a gorgeous zest to your table. Add some holiday specific details with a festive napkin ring. The Poinsettia napkin rings by Lenox are the perfect touch and add a vintage feel to your table.
Setting the Scene
There is a fine line between festive and tacky. It is easy to go overboard with holiday decorations that have been passed down and collected throughout the years. If Christmas is your holiday, the tree is the main attraction. You don’t need much decor aside from a tree. An accent here and there to carry the holiday spirit throughout the rooms is perfect. The Holiday Gnome by Hudson Grace is the perfect amount of quirk. Use it as a centerpiece on your dining table or stand him amongst bottles of booze at the bar. A sparkly throw pillow will add a little glitz to the living room. If Hanukkah is your holiday, opt for a beautiful and modern menorah that will add the glow of the holiday.
The key of the holidays is to keep it simple. It is so easy to go overboard. Less is truly more in this case. So remember to breathe when planning your holiday soiree, but most importantly, pour yourself a big glass of (spiked) eggnog and enjoy yourself!