A Very Merry Christmas Cocktail Affair

December 23rd, 2016

This year I threw my first annual Christmas cocktail party, and while it was a big undertaking, it was a huge success! Hosting a festive party isn’t easy, but it’s worth it once everyone is toasting and having a fabulous time. I couldn’t have done it without my partnership with West Elm — they made sure my home was the winter wonderland I envisioned it to be. My tips for the perfect Christmas party? Read on:

First, invite a great group. My midtown pad isn’t quite big enough to invite a huge crowd, so I made this an intimate party to say thank you to the people I am closest to, like my amazing sisters and best friends from high school. It’s always a blast to see worlds collide over cocktails. From those who are family, those I consider family, and those who support this crazy business of mine and always make me look good — Trixy and Nicholas, I am talking to you.

There was so much to celebrate I knew my place had to look amazing, which is where West Elm came in. Jenny from West Elm Roseville came over to help me decorate my place to perfection with gorgeous stemware, plates, and accessories from the brand. I love West Elm for their gorgeous accessories and tableware so much that we partnered together for a gift guide — check it out the next time you’re in the store, and grab a few last-minute gifts! We decked my halls with three West Elm sparkle wreaths, which looked great with my blue, silver and white decor, and lit plenty of their gorgeous mercury candles for pretty, romantic lighting. I loved using their LED white Christmas tree on my balcony to brighten up the outdoor space; that when next to a strategically placed bar cart on the patio kept people circulating throughout the house. Vintage-style Champagne flutes from West Elm gave everything a glamorous feel, alongside my giant, 9 ½ foot Christmas tree covered in white lights, crystals, and blue ornaments. It was the perfect mix of old-fashioned holiday cheer and my contemporary style.

Once we decorated the place top to bottom, it was time to set the stage with amazing appetizers. When I entertain, I figure go big or go home, so I decided to cover my kitchen table with beautiful cheese boards, charcuterie platters, and lots of delicious bread. I figure no party is complete without a little something extra luxurious, so I served the best caviar for everyone to enjoy. Set with some pretty green garlands on my gorgeous custom Steven Tiller Reclamation table, it all looked delicious. Everyone loved having the mix of easy-to-munch appetizers with caviar to make it feel like a special occasion.

Of course, no party at my place is complete without great drinks! We had so much champagne, you would think I was sponsored by Schramsberg (and really, Schramsberg, if you are looking for brand ambassadors, I’m your girl). I also put out three drink stations throughout my home; one West Elm bar cart in my front hall to welcome guests on the way in, one on my patio, and one in the thick of it in my living room. Serving champagne felt so festive, especially in the flutes Jenny brought, and of course people helped themselves to cocktails and wine throughout the night. We toasted to the holidays and to one another and sipped and snacked until way past midnight. When the last guest says goodbye after 2 am, you know you’ve had a successful soiree.

Special thanks to West Elm Roseville, and my wonderful friends and family, for making the holiday season extra special with this fabulous party!

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