Photographed by Petya Shalamanova at The Geraghty.
Easy yet tasteful holiday décor
Simply adding gold and bronze finishes and decorative accessories will make any home more glamorous, as these metallic hues will add a striking effect to any room. This year we really like playful faux taxidermy deer-head statues in gold used in place of a picture on the wall. Add assorted faceted vases and glittered candles in gold trimmed hurricanes to add a little sparkle.
A high-impact holiday table
A real easy fix is to dress your holiday table with a fabulous runner. Think of textures such as white feathers, gold beading, or a jewel-toned plaid. Add brightly-colored chargers, tinted water and wine glasses (such as amber or teal), unusual heirloom collectibles nestled between holiday ornaments, candies, and simple evergreen garlands. Another idea is to incorporate vintage wine glasses and champagne flutes as candle holders for a shine effect that lasts all night.
Raising the bar
Along with a great mobile, mini bar cart stocked with the season’s best, one of my favorite go-to ideas is to turn a bathroom into a champagne bar. Fill your bathtub with ice and bottles of champagne and put a serving tray over your sink to stack the glasses. The kicker is to have a bartender in the space to open and serve, for that oh-so sexy-yet-classy mood.
Serving up the perfect party
Nothing is more important than a well-thought-out sideboard or buffet. As a unique experience, line up shot glasses filled with homemade chili; add skewered cornbread and aged Wisconsin cheddar cubes for that single-serving approach. Your buffet should have combinations of bite-size comfort finger food with a twist. For dessert, pie pops are a fun and fresh culinary perspective that makes the experience so much more memorable.