Hostess with Bells & Whistles

Hope you enjoyed yesterday’s post about my five essentials for throwing a holiday party.   Now, it’s time to talk holiday dressing!  I’ve been looking forward to this post all week.  I believe the best way to share outfit inspiration is through some great photos.  Below are some of my favorite bloggers donning their holiday best.  These styles are all easy to put together and I love how you can balance a look and play up the ‘ole LBD with little details, be it a belt, a fur vest, or a sparkly necklace.  There are endless possibilities to create a whole new outfit with a few accessories. Enjoy!

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Perpetually Chic

Top / Pants / Heels / Belt

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Camille Styles

Dress / Vest / Shoes / Earrings

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Coco + Kelley

Dress / Necklace / Bracelet

Essentials of Throwing a Holiday Party

Having thrown several holiday parties this season, I thought I would share my essentials for holiday entertaining.  Depending on how much (or little) you want to do, you can certainly jazz up (or tone down) any of the five elements.  Have you hosted any parties this month?  Let me know your party essentials in the comments section!

1. Decor: Decorating your apartment or house in a festive way sets the tone for the party.  There’s no need to go all out and turn your house into a winter wonderland.  A little DIY with items you already have in the house will sure to add some sparkle.

  • Place some ornaments (can pick a particular theme/color or just throw in different sizes and shapes) in a bowl and place on your dining table or coffee table:

  • Wrap a garland along your stairs:

  • Use gold accents (the perfect holiday color) in your table setting:

  • Place some wrapped gifts and lights some candles on your shelves or mantle:

2. Food & Drinks: If you’re throwing a cocktail party, have small party bites on hand that span from salty to sweet.  Think crudites, spiced nut mix, sliced meat and cheese selection, chicken skewers in a dipping sauce, dips, crostini, and bar bites.  For dessert, let your guests have some fun with a chocolate fondue.  Use pound cake, strawberries, pretzels, and marshmallows for dipping.  Make one signature cocktail for the night and let plenty of wine and champagne flow.  You can also kick up spiced apple cider to make a hot toddy for your guests.  I love perusing Food & Wine for their delicious and easy holiday and drink recipes.

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3. Friends: Invite the whole bunch!  Include the fashionista, the diva, the funny one, the home-baker, the karaoke singer…you get the idea!

4. Music: Have music playing in the background throughout the night and change as the party moves on.  Mix in jazz, Christmas classics, and some modern holiday jingles.

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5. Fun: End the night with some at-home karaoke or story-telling around the fire.  It’s all about having fun at your party with your dearest friends and family.

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Playful Patterns

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Between decorating my new house and finding new inspiration to spruce up my place for upcoming holiday fetes, I am sensing that my creativity meter is at an all-time high. Whether it’s a chevron pattern, stripes (the old standby), a flower motif, leopard, or what have you, I love playing with patterns for home decor.  Whether you are buying a new rug, table linens, or mirror, here’s some inspiration…do share what you like/dislike!

Decorative Pillows from Shop Ten 25

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Leopard Coasters from Zara Home

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Throw Blanket (also comes in green) from Shop Ten 25

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Chevron Mirror from Wisteria

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Ginger Vases from C. Wonder

In the Mood for Love and Entertaining

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I’ve caught the holiday bug!  I’m throwing a holiday cocktail party in a couple of weeks and have been trying to get organized as much as I can ahead of time.  While the to-do list looks as long as ever, I have been checking items off one bite at a time.  This weekend I updated my decor with some fresh, new (and of course, beautiful) coffee table books and bought a few items for my table-scape.  I’ve also been collecting recipes and matching a ‘little bit of this’ and a ‘little bit of that’ to create a festive party menu.  It’s been a lot of fun!  I do love playing hostess.  Now, on to the topic of finding the perfect party dress…

 

Below photos from Camille Styles

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