A Holiday Cocktail Party

Venice, CA

December is my favorite month.  I love looking around my home and seeing it full of festive touches like lights, ornaments, stockings, garland and a tree.  I always enjoy having friends over during the holidays … Right now is the perfect time to catch up before everyone takes off for Christmas and New Years.

I left most of my serving dishes and entertaining pieces behind when I moved out of my NYC apartment, so I’ve been building my collection back up.  Jet.com has become one of my go-to sources for entertaining goodies for my holiday cocktail parties.  They have a huge selection of wood cheese boards, silverware, dishes, cake plates, champagne glasses all at incredibly reasonable prices.  This marble + wood serving board is only $32 and this gold cocktail shaker is only $20!

I wanted to share 5 easy tips that will help make your holiday cocktail party (even a last minute one!) seamless and fun (which is the whole point right?!)

  1.  Have a delicious, signature cocktail chilled and ready using this cocktail shaker from Jet so when guests arrive they can instantly feel a part of the party!
    Whip up my 3 step champagne cocktail – fill a coupe or flute 1/3 way with St. Germain elderflower liquor and top with champagne or prosecco.  String cranberries on a sprig of rosemary as garnish!  You can also use toothpicks.
  2. Pre-order baked goods from your favorite local bakery and arrange them on a gorgeous cutting board like this one via Jet.
    I love Huckleberry bakery in LA and The Little Cupcake Bakeshop in NYC.  Ordering baked goods is so much easier than making them – you save yourself time and a big mess in the kitchen!
  3. Don’t be afraid to mix gold and silver decor elements – especially for a holiday party.
    I ordered beautiful hammered silverware and mixed them with this gold cocktail shaker.  It’s no longer a faux pas to mix and match in today’s day and age!
  4. Use rosemary sprigs and fun printed napkins to dress up simple white dinner plates (this set is $40 for 6!)
    If you want a plate with a bit more detail – I love these ones with the gold rim and these classic black striped ones.
  5. Place big wood cutting boards throughout the table to hold fruit, cheese, crackers, and sweet treats.
    Wood boards are perfect for a backyard party and create a more rustic, welcoming feel.  I’m always more inclined to reach for something on a wood board for some reason.  It’s a nice way to relax the table setting and offsets the formal look of tall tapered candles!

And get creative with your flowers!  It is 100% OK to veer away from traditional tall, full flower arrangements in vases.  Those can sometimes get expensive and have been done many times before.  I cut the flowers off the stems and dispersed them throughout the table for a more casual and relaxed holiday vibe!  Shop all of my entertaining pieces from Jet below – like these gorgeous coupe glasses, this marble + wood cutting board, and these mini ramekin dishes!

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13 Comments

  • Fashionandcash says:

    Amazing table decors, I love it. ..

    December 9, 2017 | Reply
  • Natali says:

    Such a pretty and festive setting! Well done!

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    December 9, 2017 | Reply
  • La Bijoux Bella | by mia says:

    You always have the best table top decorations for any celebrations. This is absolutely beautiful and festive elegant chic! ♥️👍🏼

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    December 9, 2017 | Reply
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  • Jennie says:

    I love this setup! So classy! Where is your outdoor table from? Happy holidays to you!

    December 10, 2017 | Reply
  • Rach says:

    Love this holiday table! So beautiful!

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    December 10, 2017 | Reply
  • Pear Phongsawad says:

    The holidays are my favorite time for hosting and entertaining! Love what you’ve created and the lovely details you put into planning a party.

    Thanks for sharing!

    XO
    Style by Pear

    December 10, 2017 | Reply
  • Danni says:

    Love the idea of a cocktail party instead of a dinner…so much easier to organize.

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    December 11, 2017 | Reply
  • Ashley Robertson says:

    Absolutely love this holiday tablescape and your tips are genius!

    xx, Ashley | http://www.theteacherdiva.com

    December 11, 2017 | Reply
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  • Kate says:

    This table looks absolutely incredible!

    xx
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    December 13, 2017 | Reply
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