December 12, 2017

Making Spirits Bright – 3 Holiday Entertaining Essentials

News flash – temps are dropping, we’re surrounded by the fresh aroma of baked goodies, and there are sparkles, sparkles everywhere! The holidays are officially upon us and, as the saying goes, it’s the most wonderful time of the year!

Naturally, when my friend Jenny suggested gathering with our kiddos for a Cookies & Cocktails celebration, you better believe I jumped on the opportunity to host! Which raises the question – from recipes to décor and serving ware, what items are must-haves this holiday season? I’ll be sharing a few essentials with you here, and I hope you’ll keep scrolling for more behind-the-scene peeks at our Cookies & Cocktails festivities!

Joy to the world, indeed! Bubbles by Veuve and calligraphy greeting by Nancy B. Creative .

Get Your [Fresh] Greens

When it comes to holiday prep, there’s no such thing as too much green! From the handsome color and texture to the fragrant scent, fresh garlands and wreaths serve as a premier seasonal accent in any space.

Christmas Entertaining Essentials Fresh Front Door Garland

Set the tone before your guests even walk in the door! via Hello Lovely

Midcentury Modern Holiday Decor Entertaining Essentials

Holiday perfection a la New Darlings

Cannot. Stop. Staring! via House Beautiful

Blush + Garland = match made in Heaven! via Monika Hibbs

Fresh Holiday Fireplace Mantel Garland

via Pamela Pearce of Milieu Magazine

Although we generally opt for the real thing, Regina Gust (holiday decorator extraordinaire) opened our eyes to the world of luxury faux installations! If you can’t stomach the idea of your hard earned dollars being thrown out in January, opt for arrangements that offer up a combination of real and faux greenery for a statement look that lasts!

Check out a few of our green thumb faves that are still accepting online orders:

[Mixed] Metallic Accents

What’s the winter season without a touch of bling? You can probably tell we’re suckers for antiqued brass but, this year, we aren’t shying away from silver either! The cool kids have been mixing metals for quite some time, and the trend has hit holiday décor with no signs of slowing down.

Shop some metallic magic:

Star Light, Star Bright

Timeless white lights are always a win in our book and we’re loving the twist “starry lights” are bringing to the table [quite literally]! Whether you call them copper wire lights or fairy lights, we think they’re gorgeous, and we love seeing them worked into lighting schemes all year round.


Recipes for Success

Whether or not your décor is on point, good eats and tasty libations always make for happy guests! Focus on quality ingredients, prepare your goodies with care, and pick up a handful of the pieces shared below to ensure your table is crowned best dressed this season!

Swapping out cookies for donuts? Yes, please! via Lauren Conrad

Goop Holiday Entertaining Chocolate Peppermint Truffles

Peppermint Truffles that are sure to please! Tap here for Goop’s exclusive recipe.

Williams Sonoma Christmas Sugar Cookie Iced Snowflakes Gingerbread Holiday Entertaining

Williams Sonoma always brings it with the holiday magic, and those oversized snowflakes are everything! Get their official Christmas sugar cookie recipe here.

Chocolate Peppermint Crunch Cookies Two Peas Pod Holiday Entertaining

Chocolate peppermint cookies are a family fave and this recipe looks like it could live up to the one we’ve got under lock and key 😉

Since it would take a Christmas miracle for my fam to let me share that secret recipe with you, I hope these sugar cookie deets from our Cookies and Cocktails celebration will suffice:

Last but most definitely not least, where would we be without a little bubbly?

Holiday Entertaining Essentials Champagne Cocktail

Y’all know a few heavy-handed pours made all of this adorable chaos a joy:

Holiday Entertaining Essentials Cookie Decorating Party

Holiday Cookie Exchange Entertaining Essentials

Wishing you the sweetest holiday season and a bright and beautiful 2018!


Join the Conversation

  1. Nancy B. says:

    Beautiful!! Thank you for sharing your holiday entertaining tips!

  2. LaurelD. says:

    Beautiful suggestions… I’m doing the champagne with the green sprinkles!!! New Years…gold sprinkles!!!! Love your suggestions. Merry Christmas!!

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