It’s always flattering to hear that guests had a great time at your party. So when editor Anne Vorrasi wrote a whole piece for InStyle.com about the holiday dinner Nate threw to celebrate his newest Target collection, it was the ultimate compliment. And it inspired us to share what he did to make it an event to remember. The secrets to making it so special are surprisingly simple, won’t break the bank, and are proof that going against the grain can work for you BIG TIME when it comes to entertaining. For example…
Skip The “Holiday Decorations”
Even though this table feels festive, you’ll notice there are no holiday-specific pieces that need to be put back into storage once 2016 hits. Instead, start with a neutral base, then consider greenery and metallic accents your best friends. Greens add texture and earthiness, metallics add glam, and the combination is not just perfect for this season – it’s timeless. These mercury glass hurricanes from Nate’s Target collection really help set the scene.
Don’t Put All Your Focus On The Dinner Table
A well-set table is a must, yes, but guests will love a second, less-formal place to gather. Here Nate used a group of the upholstered ottomans from his Target collection to create a seating area across from this leather sofa. When guests need to steal away for a private conversation (or let’s be honest – a moment with Instagram) a cozy, chic set-up like this makes them feel even more taken care of.
Don’t Be Limited By A Product’s “Use”
Love those wall hangings? Surprise! They’re runners. Okay, maybe you were able to guess because you recognized that he also used them on the table as well. But Nate never tires of coming up with new uses for pieces and a holiday party is the perfect place to experiment with putting your own spin on decor.
Check out a few more photos below and don’t miss more of Nate’s tips over on InStyle.com!