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A Night to Remember

5 quick steps to hosting a stress-free bash


A Night to Remember
5 quick steps to hosting a stress-free bash

Dita Von Teese


 
Dita Von Teese

Chilled bubbly. A knockout frock. A divine date. Cocktail season is in full swing. Here’s how to host—and enjoy—a party like a pro

1) Prepare the right amount of appetizers to last throughout the evening. Make bite-size snacks that avoid messy sauces. No one wants soy sauce on her sequins.

2) Create a house cocktail—both spiked and, for the designated drivers (and those who don’t wish to imbibe), alcohol-free.

3) Set the mood. Music should be playing when guests arrive (silence is always a mood killer). Create a soft glow by turning down the lights and filling the room with loads of inexpensive, unscented tea-light candles in clear or coloured glass holders. Decorate on a budget with seasonal accents such as fresh pine boughs, branches of berries and bright bowls of clementines.

4) Bring in some extra seating—low stools, oversized pillows, easy chairs—for guests to perch comfortably.

5) Why not set a dress code? Black, white and red is haute, and everyone loves to get glammed up for a party.

Get your festive cheer on with these fabulous hostess gifts and decorative ideas


 

Photo, George Pimentel; Product photography, daniel harrison; Market editor, Arren Williams.

Teatro Verde


 
Teatro Verde

Flowers that are simply gorgeous enough to set anywhere always arrive in a chic vase. Floral arrangement, $65, Teatro Verde.

Moroccan tea glasses


 
Moroccan tea glasses

A set of sparkly Moroccan tea glasses are perfect for a splash of bubbly. $15 each, Liv by Au Lit.

opalescent glass decorations


 
opalescent glass decorations

Nothing could be swankier than opalescent glass decorations inspired by a pop-art palette. $40/set of 9, MoMA Store.

scented candle


 
scented candle

A darling scented candle steps up the glamour in a pretty gilded teacup. $50, Mor Cosmetics.

silver-plated mistletoe


 
silver-plated mistletoe

Hang this Michael Aram–designed silver-plated mistletoe and just try to resist a kiss. $50, AT Design Home.

Flute


 
Flute

You’ll always have bubbles, no matter whether you go thrifty with prosecco or splurge on Veuve. Flute, $15, Crate & Barrel.

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