Holiday Entertaining Tips

It’s that time of year, the time for us to start holiday entertaining until we have festive decorations, decadent food and cozy cocktails coming out of our eyes and ears. We started with a recent dinner with Samsung Galaxy at The East Pole, where we donned J.W. Anderson and Rosie Assoulin and showered the table with Putnam flowers, pork chops and pan-roasted potatoes (of course).

The dinner inspired us to curate a list of holiday tips that will definitely get you through the season with your friends and family content and intact (and hopefully not too hung over). It includes camera snapshots, hostess faux pas’ and of course, a potato-head’s guide to the galaxy of family style feasts (say that ten times over)…

1. Curate a menu – and serve it family style. Holidays are all about coming together. Serving dishes family style forces everyone to mingle, share and chat amongst the food. We served everything from Pork Chops to a Macro-Plate, and guess what? All the dishes were a hit.

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2. Dress the part, but keep it comfortable. You’re hosting, so you want to wear something special, but you also don’t want to overdo it. Let’s face it, no one wants to make their guests feel like they are trying to be the center of attention. You want to be comfortable and free to move around, cook and clean up without giving your attire a second thought. At our most recent event, Laura wore a jumpsuit from our friend Rosie Assoulin (who has been very vocal about her desire to make clothing women feel both glamorous and comfortable in) and Danielle wore a JW Anderson below-the-knee skirt (it’s no secret short skirts aren’t always the best for running around at a dinner).

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3. Seat your guests  yourself…with something they’ll want to take home. Call us old-fashioned, but seating your guests as the hostess is definitely not overrated. It gives everyone the excuse to meet new people and move out of their comfort zones. Recently, Mr. Valentino recently told us that seating someone next to their significant other is the biggest faux-pas you can make when hosting a dinner, so mix it up! We love beautiful place cards, but we also love to customize something for our guests to take home. It can be anything from a monogrammed napkin to a box of macarons.

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4. Keep the decor easy, fresh and low-key – and make sure it doesn’t block anyone’s view. High tapered candles and tall floral arrangements are beautiful – but they also make it hard to talk across the table at an intimate dinner. Keep the floral arrangements low (think quality over quantity in this case) and go for low set candles.

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5. Capture the Moment. The best part of a dinner is reliving it the next day – through both gossip and through photos. The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 has a truly epic camera, so we were pretty much chained to our phones the next morning scrolling through images of the night.

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 *Photos by Angela Pham at Billy Farrell Agency. Sponsored by Samsung Galaxy.