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.
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.
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.
I always make a custom playlist for a party – so make a mix of holiday classics. Some of my favorite holiday albums include
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.
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
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.
Make menu cards for each place like this one.
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
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
I always serve champagne with dessert. Always.
Happy holidays to all of you!