Back in 2014 People magazine covered Jeremiah’s and my wedding at the New York Public Library, so it’s even more special to see ourselves on the COVER of their special holiday issue. This is our daughter Poppy’s first Christmas and Hanukkah and our chance to really see the season through her eyes. It helps highlight the real reasons behind throwing holiday parties – spending time with close friends and family, reflecting on all that we’re grateful for, and the start of new traditions in our family. There’s nothing formal about these gatherings, it’s really a chance to just enjoy good food – and each other. But that doesn’t mean we don’t take the time to make them beautiful.
Jeremiah and I both love hosting – so much that we have friends over for dinner or cocktails about once a week. If that sounds overwhelming to you, hear me out: I have 3 super-easy tips to help you knock out hosting and prep for a festive and memorable party.
Make It Easy For Yourself
It’s fine to order in! Just pick a place that you know is always good and pick it up or have it delivered. Then set it out in beautiful plates and bowls and platters. Our ultimate motto: Nothing’s uptight!
Set A Personal Table
You can take objects that you live with every day that might be on your nightstand or your bookshelf and add them to the tablescape to make it more interesting. I like to use beautiful handmade things to change up the table settings from the usual flowers and candles.
Before the guests arrive, make sure the music is on and the candles are lit. You don’t want to just be getting out of the shower! Build in an extra 30 minutes.
Now, all you have to do is enjoy the party! Happy Holidays!