Home & Living
How to Holiday
Eat, drink, and be merry with these three concepts for your seasonal soiree.
Graphic patterns and splashes of color enhance an everyday look
Slate Cheeseboard: Indulge in small bites of brie, grapes, and cured meats between lively conversations. PRO TIP: A full, vibrant charcuterie plate can double as decoration!
Middle Wood Slate board set ($22) at Best Day Ever.
DECK THE HALLS
Enhance your place settings with creative décor, such as using garland as a centerpiece. Simple decoration adds a slight visual interest, creating a tasteful touch of holiday spirit. Neutral hues and gold tones pair well for a modern color palette.
Wool felt garland with gold/cream flat circles ($20) at Trohv.
There are a few essential mixers to have on hand when making your own craft cocktails: tonic, ginger beer, grapefruit juice, cranberry juice, and bitters.
Bar utensil set ($48) at Becket Hitch.
Go-to holiday drink: PINK G&T
Elevate your celebration with hand-crafted cocktails made from your own kitchen.
- 2 oz. dry gin
- 3 dashes Peychaud’s bitters
- 6 oz. tonic water
Cornbread Mix: Craving fresh-from-the-oven treats but strapped on time? For something quick, easy, and always tasty, opt for a mix!
Aunt Maggie’s cornbread mix ($9.95) at Becket Hitch.
“TRY TO GET AS MUCH OF THE PREP as you can DONE THE DAY BEFORE SO YOU CAN ENJOY THE NIGHT!”
– Elan Kotz, Orto
Mix and match texture and tone for a fun-loving feast
Every detail counts! Store your Sweet Stripes peppermints in a holiday tin, bringing your guests holiday cheer and an after-dinner refresh. Filled with goodies or even empty, a vintage-style tin also makes for a great hostess gift.
Metal Box with holiday greeting ($5.50) at Trohv.
THE CUP THAT CHEERS
Digestion Tea: Conclude your meal and ease your stomach with a warm mug of tea.
Digestion Tea ($13.99) at Trohv.
Mix & Match
Mismatched dishes add subtle flair.
Limited edition Moroccan ceramic bowls x-small ($10), medium ($18) at Trohv.
GLAZED STONE MUG
Versatile for a morning brew or a holiday nog, mugs can bring a cozy detail to a table setting. A one-of-a-kind mug can be an easy table statement.
Stoneware reactive glaze mug ($12.99) at Trohv.
RAISE A GLASS
Colored Glass: Though more casual and relaxed, bohemian-style tinted glassware pairs well with modern metallic accents, adding unexpected and exciting style to any table setting.
Round glass ($3.75) at Trohv.
“Spicy Bloody Marys with an assortment of garnishes are a must!”
– Brian Plante, Rye Street Tavern
Achieve traditional elegance with simple white and silver pieces
Hot Chocolate: Sipping a hot cup of cocoa with friends and family is the ideal winter treat.
Semi-sweet hot chocolate ($19.95) at Williams-Sonoma.
Roasted Carrots: A go-to harvest veggie, glazed carrots are a simple side dish.
Go-to holiday sauce: HONEY GARLIC BUTTER GLAZE
- ¼ cup melted butter
- ¼ cup honey
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- ¼ tsp salt
- 1 tbsp parsley
STAR COOKIE CUTTER
Serve your pastries in festive shapes.
Star cookie cutter ($16.95) at Williams-Sonoma.
When measuring dry ingredients, use a spoon to fill measuring cups to ensure accuracy.
Copper measuring cup set ($36) at Becket Hitch.
FALL INTO PLACE
Hosting a lavish dinner party? Take a note from the pros on how to set and style the most elegant of place settings.
How to Set a Table ($14) at Becket Hitch.
“Choose a statement container that will make even the simplest blooms pop.”
– Victoria Clausen, Floral Fêtes.