background music Spotify, Pandora, or even that retro turntable that's been sitting in the closet. No matter the method, a continuous stream of classic tunes is always a good idea.
Vifa Sunset Red Copenhagen Bluetooth Loudspeaker
Vifa Sandstone Grey Helsinki Bluetooth Loudspeaker
photography by SARA & RICH COMBS
tabletop essentials Elegant sit-down dinner or a brief cocktail fete? No matter the formality, no party should be without these basics:
Bianco Dinner Plate
Oslo Cutlery Set in Matte Gold
Tailored Table Runner: Classic Pure Linen White, Crisp Linen Wisteria Edge
Olivia Red Wine
photography by ALYSSA ROSENHECK
quick apps Regardless of the fact that you've got a 4-course dinner planned, set up a small cheese board or a plate of easy apps for guests to munch on when they first arrive.
Rock Ridge Cheese Board
Ebru Marble Ceramic Serving Board
photography by DUSTJACKET-ATTIC.COM
something fragrant Whether you're mixing up your special cinnamon citrus concoction over the stove or lighting up your go-to scented candle, set the scene with a festive scent.
JIA Cold Air Diffuser Round
The Finnmark Coffee Table
Lemon Blossom & Lychee Botanical Reed Diffuser
photography by SKEEM INC
holiday decor Call it a no-brainer, but no holiday fete should be without festive details that complement the season. Pine garlands, string lights, we're looking at you.
Vertical Triangle Studs
Stocking Holder Pinecone - Cast Iron - White
photography by KATRIN BJORK
a well-stocked bar Now's the perfect time to unleash your inner bartender, and put those mouthwatering cocktail recipes to good use.
Pineapple Shot Glasses - Set of 2
Salad Days Gift Box
Bar Tool Set
Cocktails on Tap
Reindeer Cocktail Napkins
photography by MICHAEL WILTBANK
proper lighting Keep the lights to a comfortable low - dim enough to set a soothing tone, yet bright enough for easy movement throughout the space. Bonus points for whimsical string or holiday lights.
Workstead Brass Pendant Light
photography by DOLLY AND OATMEAL
a backdrop for photos A wall of balloons or festive garland make for the perfect photo backdrop!
Fern Tropical Leaves on Guava Balloons
Guava Yay on White Balloons
Revel Hare Ribbon Set
photography by BLOG.FREEPEOPLE.COM