Photo Gallery: Party Rooms
Host a wonderful New Years Eve party.
Rocco and his wife Nina host fun and informal parties using their kitchen island as a hub for wine and appetizers.
Rocco, host of Food Network TV’s David Rocco’s Dolce Vita, keeps things balanced and unfussy, whether he’s making a dish or hosting a party. “I don’t like anything too perfect,” he says. His parties include simple-yet-tasty appetizers such as bresaola (cured beef) wrapped around ricotta, olive oil, black pepper and arugula, delicious breads and cheeses, and Italian wine such as Pichierri Primitivo di Manduria Tradizione del Nonno.
Amp up the festive atmosphere with bold hues in lieu of traditional red and green.
In this living room, vibrant colours introduced in the artwork are echoed in the flowers (purple anemones and orange ranunculus) and accessories. To entice guests to linger after dinner, serve a decadent cheese platter here, instead of staying at the dining table: select a few varieties at a local cheese shop and plate them with gourmet crackers, dried fruit and walnuts.
Nature-inspired holiday decorations and a fully-loaded bar cart set the tone for a warm and inviting evening.
The linear design of this bar cart keeps it from feeling too fussy while the matte gold finish adds warmth. The banquette also provides an intimate feel. Mercury-glass candlesticks and tree ornaments clustered with pine cones around a bowl of winter pears make for a simple, organic, but still refined, centerpiece.
A sideboard becomes a self-serve dessert destination, thanks to goblets of light-as-air syllabub and a tray of decadent molasses wafers.
Create a variety of stations for guests to help themselves to drinks, appetizers and desserts. In this dining room, purple calla lilies, pewter antiques and variegated feathers offer traditional holiday charm.
Channel an old-school vibe at your holiday or New Years party with Mad Men cocktails and mod design elements.
Nab a vintage Polaroid and film via Craigslist or eBay — or pick up Polaroid’s new digital PoGo version — and snap shots of your friends. Keep up the retro vibe by playing music on vinyl, too. Serve up fries wrapped in parchment paper (bake frozen fries and toss in herbs and black pepper), stack doughnuts high on a cake stand and pass out some hip, patterned napkins for easy grazing.
Stylist Sabrina Linn creates a stunning holiday display using simple-yet-stylish pieces from the grocery store.
Using pieces from the PC Home collection, Sabrina makes self-serve a breeze by organizing cutlery and napkins in a clear acrylic tray, with glasses and decanters at the ready. Homemade labels on the cheese board and a separate baguette tray make it easy for party guests to know what they’re tasting. A dramatic arrangement of roses from the PC floral department adds a gorgeous punch of colour to the spread.
Handy decanters and elegant stacks of fruit, nuts and figs encourage guests to gather in the kitchen.
Twigs and greenery offer a subtle tribute to the season. This light, white-painted kitchen was styled after a 19th-century U.K. pantry. Art and jewelry advisor Brett Sherlock designed the farmhouse-style, glass-topped trestle table to keep the look casual.
Create a quiet oasis for guests at a busy holiday party.
The traditional, wood-paneled library provides a dark, moody contrast to a bright and festive party room. The oversize armchair in light brown silk offers a comfortable spot for a guest to recharge.
This playful table setting features low, casual floral centrepieces with pops of juicy pink and orange.
A white paper runner for doodling, candy jars and crayons enhance this family-friendly table. (As does the The Jetsons-like Bloom high chair.) Low-key tableware takes a back seat to the bright colours, as does the iconic furniture: curvaceous Panton chairs and an oak cross-based table. The candy jar/place cards double as take-home gifts. Invitations at each place setting add a special festive touch.
A chic white hutch with drinks and glassware allows guests to easily serve themselves.
A primarily-white palette with simple glasses and rustic baskets creates a fresh and elegant backdrop for a holiday or New Years brunch. Mod touches such as the sculptural pendant lamp and vintage modern chairs balance the country charm of the harvest table.
A lush line of peonies in sparkling glass tubes, silver candlesticks and elegant white dishware create a glamorous atmosphere.
Sarah Richardson, the designer and co-producer and host of HGTV’s Design Inc., Sarah’s House and Sarah’s Cottage, loves to play host. She and her husband regularly organize intimate dinners featuring a well-stocked bar, gorgeous groupings of flowers, candles galore, food served buffet style and dancing late into the evening. Food choices include filling but bite-sized fare such as crabcakes, chicken potstickers and chevre-stuffed mini potatoes like the ones pictured here. “Alexander and I take a more is more approach to parties,” says Sarah.