Hosting a sophisticated soirée is no easy feat, especially during the busiest time of the year. Whether you’re planning a Boxing Day brunch or ringing in the New Year à la Jay Gatsby, we’ve rounded up a few fashionable ways you can leave a lasting impression on your loved ones. Time to eat, drink and be merry!
Build a breathtaking scene with blooms. Go green on your banister by taking style cues from this sweeping version by florist Alison Westlake of Coriander Girl.
Arrange a vignette with glass jars in the same hue. This simple idea will instantly wake up a tired bench in the entryway. For a more glam look, throw in a few twinkling string lights.
Make a special welcome sign. With this bloom-decorated greeting chalkboard, your guests will not only be impressed by your hosting spirit, they’ll also let themselves in!
Set up a greeting drinks station. Throw in a mix of mismatched coupes so guests can easily identify the spirit that speaks to them.
Make a hanging arrangement. With a feathery suspended floral show-stopper like this, don’t be afraid to go bold with your holiday place settings — sparkle, pattern and color abound.
Decorate with farm-to-table elements. Fresh and dried clementines and eucalyptus bring a hit of rustic charm to the dinner table.
Inject drama with greenery. Lush boughs look beautiful in the most unexpected places, like draped over dining room cabinetry.
Decorate your table with vintage candleholders. The more patina the better — these holders look truly magical with the addition of twinkling ombré blue candles.
Hand-paint your tablecloth. This personalized piece will not only make a stylish backdrop for your feast, it’ll also function as a conversation starter.
Create an Instagram wall. Need a festive backdrop for friends and family to take photos against? Look no further — curate a collection of wreathes on a bare wall for a fresh pop of greenery.
Use artful paper for decorations. Primary hues and abstract shapes are synonymous with some of the art world’s greatest figures. Channel a je ne sais quoi vibe by dressing and displaying Christmas crackers in the same vibrant colors à la Lynda Reeves.
Create a floating wreath display. A duo of wreathes suspended with contrasting ribbon make a simple yet unique focal point near the drinks station.
Go bold with the punch bowls. Punch tastes sweeter when its scooped out of stylish bowls with plenty of curve appeal.
Decorate the table with take home treasures. Share the tradition of Christmas tree picking with these miniature tabletop decorations.
Adorn your kitchen with the fruits of your labor. Turn gingerbread houses into charming displays by placing the traditional treat into glass canisters. Don’t forget to sprinkle a dusting of snow — or in this case, sugar — into the base of your creations.