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Holiday How-to’s: Party Resources

If we were to hire someone to cater our next holiday get together (or any other celebration throughout the year) we’d want the very talented Dixie Todd from Connecticut-based Party Resources.  Known far and wide as the creator of unique and memorable events filled with flawless style, Dixie has a passion for parties that she’s passed down to her lovely daughter, Kate, who pens the company’s blog and whom we’ve gotten to know over the years.  It is with great pleasure that we have Kate here as a guest today sharing her tips on how to entertain with festive flair.

Introducing Kate…

What fun to be a guest at one of my favorite blogs – The Buzz.  These ladies have such great style!  This time of year is so festive with twinkling lights, garlands galore, and time with family and friends.  But it is also hectic and so I wanted to pass along a few tips for stress-free entertaining.

Setting the Mood

The very best thing is to plan ahead and the key to a memorable event is in the details.  I always do the cooking myself but usually hire someone to help serve and clean up at the end of the evening.

First set the tone – you want even your first guest to feel like it is a party when they walk in to your home.  Make a fire and light a luscious candle.  My new favorite for the holidays is THIS ONE from Archipelago.

Joy of the Season

I always make a custom playlist for a party – so make a mix of holiday classics.  Some of my favorite holiday albums include

Michael Buble’s Christmas

Tony Bennett’s Christmas Album

Nat King Cole’s Christmas Song

Beautiful seasonal flowers – go ahead and arrange them yourself!  This is a holiday arrangement I did with flowers from a local market mixed with berries and fresh rosemary.

Winter Whites

Of course you need a fully stocked bar.  But also make a tray of signature cocktails and impress your guests!  I love the cran-tinis from our good friend celebrity caterer Peter Callahan. RECIPE 

Fun and Festive

Send each guest home with a favor and even better if you make it yourself!  I like making BOOZY OLIVES


Or fill mason jars with SPICED NUTS and finish them with a custom tag.

Double Yum!

Make menu cards for each place like this one.

Holiday Menu

Even an elegant dinner can be prepared in advance.  Who wants to be in the kitchen when you should be enjoying a glass of holiday cheer with your friends?  My favorite recipe for the winter months is BEEF BOURGUIGNON 

A Savory Stew

Another make ahead favorite?  Individual molten lava cakes.  You can make them ahead, freeze them and then pop them in the oven to cook when you serve the main course. RECIPE

Molten Goodnes

I always serve champagne with dessert.  Always.

A Bit of Bubbly

Happy holidays to all of you!

And cheers to you, Kate!  Thank you for your wonderfully festive post.  Your recipe for Beef Bourgignon is our absolute favorite as well and guess what we’re serving Christmas Eve?  Our champagne is chilled, our candles are lit and we’re ready for guests thanks to you!
Photos via Carolyn Roehm, Archipelago, Amazon, Peter Callahn, Bon Appetit, Smitten Kitchen, Tumblr, Food Network, Zoon Yummy and Grant Gibson Blog

Guest Post

You’re Invited to a Wedding

Making a Peach of a Pair

When we were asked to write a post for Kate’s new series “I Do II”, we jumped at the chance…  After all, it’s been over 18 years since our own receptions and while we wouldn’t trade our hubbies in for the world, we love having a reason to throw a party.  So grab a glass of pink champagne and be our guest over at Party Resources!

Photo via Matchbook Magazine


Shut… The… Front… Door!

Aren’t these wreaths and garlands fabulous?  In the words of Rachel Zoe, we die!  In the midst of trees and tabletops, the front door sometimes gets second billing… but not with these seasonal beauties.  Can you guess the blogger behind each door?

Jingle Bells

Jingle Bells

She’s makes the most of wherever she is and celebrates every moment she can…

Divine Magnolia and Pine

Divine Magnolia and Pine

She knows how to “primp and fluff” with fabulous flair and divine design…

Dreaming of a Designer Christmas

Dreaming of a Designer Christmas

With a Bunny Williams pedigree, she has an elegant aesthetic and a talent for beautifully balanced interiors…

Fancy and Fruitful

Fancy and Fruitful

She lives life well with quintessence style and substance…

Greenery Galore

Greenery Galore

He taught Martha everything she knows and then some…

We're Mad for These Swags

We're Mad for These Swags

If you want a perfect party, she’s the one to ask…

DIY Done Right

DIY Done Right

Photos from Pretty Pink Tulips, The Zhush, Hamptontoes, Quintessence, Eddie Ross and Party Resources


The Latest Buzz

Be Our Guest at Party Resources

Party Resources Sets a Table

Party Resources Sets a Table

One of the many pleasures of blogging (besides getting to meet your neighbors!) is the seemingly unlimited amount of information available at your fingertips, just a click away.  From DIY home decor, to baking a beautiful cake or starting your own Etsy store, there’s really nothing you can’t learn to do.  Elizabeth from Pretty Pink Tulips introduced us to another one of these invaluable sites, Party Resources, based just up Route 7 in Litchfield, CT.

An Enchanted Evening with Party Resources

An Enchanted Evening with Party Resources

For over twenty five years, Dixie Todd has thrown the most fabulous parties and created the most elegant events from Beaver Creek to Block Island, and her Boston-based daughter, Kate, is now the voice behind the company’s blog.  We were truly honored to be asked by Kate to write about our favorite party tips so today, and we want you to be our guest at Party Resources (click here to read the post!)

Creative Centerpieces from Party Resources

Creative Centerpieces from Party Resources

Photos from Party Resources