These simple tips help you host during the holidays and beyond.
Throwing a party is inherently stressful, and it comes with inevitable pressure to create the perfect ambience. No worries — let these eight stunning spaces, crafted by New York-based firm BHDM Design, inspire you to build an atmosphere that is ready for guests, no matter the occasion.
Entertaining outdoors calls for cozy accessories that will invite guests to sit and stay a while, even when the temperatures dip. Add soft blankets and h pillows to stiff chairs, candles on table tops for soft, ambient lighting, and a roaring fire to keep the chill at bay.
Host a gathering where guests feel at home. Encourage them to serve themselves drinks, set out platters of finger food, and open up your kitchen (particularly if it's filled with ). No longer is the prep area off limits!
Don’t wait for a black tie event to use the family heirloom china. An intimate gathering is the ideal time for a special meal that kicks off with a precious place setting.
Keep guests' quarters—particularly the bathroom—stocked with basic essentials. Water, soft towels, and extra toiletries go a long way to make them feel at ease.
Starting the party while the sun's still up will let your guests enjoy your kitchen (with gorgeous , no less) in all of its bright glory — then, when the sun sets, have mood lighting at the ready to set the scene.
No need for everything to be in its place — a throw strewn over a chair or a pillow that's not perfectly at attention injects a casual vibe.
Mix and mingle is the common phrase when it comes to throwing a party, but at some point, everyone will want to take a seat. Whether it’s to rest their feet, have a more private conversation, or to snack on an appetizer, plan on having a place for at least half your guests.
Experts suggest having enough alcohol on hand for three drinks per person, but it’s also helpful to really know your crowd: If a friend likes to indulge in the Pinot Noir while another guest is on a cleanse, remember that when making your liquor store run.