Holiday Hosting at Home

Good food puts you in a good mood


Whether a catered dinner or a cocktail party, hosting elegant holiday gatherings should be more fun than stressful. Here are a few tips for putting together a delightful party to celebrate winter holidays with family and friends.


Make a list

From guests to groceries, write down all the details and preparations for the party, including the type of event. This will help you stay organized and ease the stress of last-minute loose ends.


Menu prep

Create a holiday menu (think easy-prep recipes) and cook ahead of time. Less time in the kitchen means more time mingling with guests. For catering, ensure orders are placed and confirmed well in advance.


Sips for all

Set up a self-serve beverage station complete with sodas, garnishes, infused liquors, recipes and nonalcoholic options for guests to help themselves.


Deck the halls

Decide on decorations — less is more in the name of serving space — like small accents, festive florals, bowls of ribbons or seasonal ornaments and a string or two of twinkle lights for good measure.


Play some tunes, open your home and enjoy good company!


Holiday Hostess Gift Guide

Show gratitude and impress your “hostess with the mostest” this holiday season by bringing one of these small, but thoughtful gifts.


unnamed1. Geometric whiskey stones – $35 (set of 4)
Keep your drinks cold with these unique, geometric whiskey stones made of soapstone and marble. Place one in your freezer and pull it out to keep your drink cold without watering it down.

2. Capri Blue Jar Candle – $30
This iconic jar candle from Capri Blue delivers a long-lasting scent of fir and firewood. The soy-blended candle is a perfectly balanced fragrance of apple, clove, fir, pine needle, white birch, cedar, vetiver and musk.

3. Lucini Olive Oil – $18.99
If your host loves to cook, a bottle of olive oil is a thoughtful and useful gesture. This Lucini extra virgin olive oil offers a mild flavor perfect for everyday use.

4. Louis Bouillot Sparkling Wine – $29.99
Bubbly wine is a festive, no-brainer host or hostess gift for any holiday gathering. This medium-bodied Champagne alternative has an attractive price tag, and a refreshing, dry palate with flavors of apple and red fruit.

5. Sugarfina Candy Bento Box – $28
This chic collection of cocktail-inspired candies is a great gift for someone with a sweet tooth. The box includes three lucite cubes of Champagne bears, rosé roses, and peach bellini gummies.

6. Embroidered Bee Cocktail Napkins – $28 (set of 4)
These beautiful, handmade bee cocktail napkins are quirky and elegant at the same time. Customize your thread color, add a  monogram or check out the other designs by the Etsy seller. Buy a few sets to keep on hand for last-minute hostess gifts.

7. Jacobsen Salt Co. Lemon Zest Flake Salt – $11.95
Flavorful finishing salt is a creative gift for your favorite foodie. This company delivers high-quality salt from the Oregon coastline. These medium-sized flakes offer a bright, zesty flavor of lemon perfect for any dish that needs a splash of citrus.

8. Glimmer Ring Coaster – $6 each
These stylish, chic coasters add shine to any tabletop. Each coaster is handmade with stainless-steel and brass with a soft bottom that won’t scratch surfaces.