7 Crunch Time Tips for Last Minute Holiday Entertaining

December 23, 2015 Entertaining

Nicole Gibbons Holiday entertainig Tips

If you’re hosting for the holidays and in a panic about pulling it all together, here are a seven helpful last-minute entertaining tips to help make the task of playing hostess as stress free as possible!

Serve Your Food Buffet Style
Create a food buffet to encourage you guests to help themselves. This will free you up to spend more time socializing with your guests.

Presentation is a Must
Be sure to have a selection of pretty serving pieces on hand. White porcelain, crystal or silver serveware are always classic. No matter what you are serving, make it beautiful! A chic presentation will make even the simplest food selections appear extra fancy!

Serve a Killer Signature Cocktail
Instead of fussing over setting up a full bar, serve a good all-around red and white whine which are surefire crowd pleasers then add one killer signature cocktail, served in a punch bowl that you can prepare in advance.   Be sure to offer your guest a drink as soon as they arrive….you can almost guarantee a great time when drinks are free flowing! (Here are two punch ideas from Martha!)

Keep your Decor Simple
Incorporate a few simple yet stylish accents to create a warm, holiday ambiance. Items like candles in mercury glass votives, fresh flowers and ornaments placed in a bowl are sure to add a bit of festive holiday flair to your decor.

Set the Mood with Music
Curate a fun playlist of holiday tunes to help set the mood. If you don’t have time to create a playlist, try the Soul Christmas station on Pandora. It’s one of my faves!

Have Extra Seating on Hand
Because you never know if extra guests may show up, always keep a few stylish fold out chairs on hand for extra seating so that everyone will have a place at the table.

Enlist Help
Assign a trusted friend with the role of assisting you with your hostess duties so you don’t get overwhelmed and miss out on all the fun. You can also find a bartender or server through a service such as Task Rabbit who can help with serving drinks, replenishing snacks and clean-up. It’s an added expense but having the freedom to just relax and enjoy your own party is so worth it!

My Favorite Holiday Candles

December 22, 2015 Decorating
Diptyque Pomander Candle_2

There’s nothing more comforting than filling your home with delicious scents that evoke the spirit of winter and the nostalgia of the holidays. This season I can’t stop burning Diptyque’s Pomander candle. With notes of orange citrus, warm cinnamon and spicy cloves, this candle leaves the delightful scent of Christmas lingering in the air. It’s the perfect holiday candle! Below, I’ …

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VIDEO: 5 Easy & Adorable DIY Party Decor Ideas

December 10, 2015 Entertaining
5 Stylish DIY Party Decor Ideas

Hi guys! I stopped by the Rachael Ray show not long ago to share some super easy and uber stylish DIY party decor ideas. These are fun for all year round but also perfect for holiday entertaining season! Click the video below to watch. And – to make your floral arrangement  more holiday themed, just substitute cranberries for lemons and voilà! Which idea is your favorite?

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A Guide to Creating the Ultimate Home Bar

December 8, 2015 Entertaining
Tips for Creating a Stylish Home Bar

When it comes to entertaining, it’s great to have a well-stocked bar so you can be ready to entertain at a moment’s notice. Every grown-up home should have a proper bar and if you don’t, setting up the perfect home bar is way easier than you think! Read on for my tips on creating the ultimate home bar including how to style it, the essential spirits to stock it with and the most …

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