Guest Picks: A Cozy Holiday Fete
Entertain elegantly with 20 home pieces to help perfect your winter party
Houzz Contributor. You can also find me on Lolalina (http://www.lolalina.com/), my blog devoted to all of the things that make a house a home - decorating from the heart, living with intention, and savoring life's simple pleasures.
I love hosting get-togethers at home with close friends, especially in the winter when it is all about getting comfy and cozy! This month, I have rounded up 20 of my favorite finds to inspire your next party. From European traditions like placing a warm blanket on the back of each chair, to a fresh take on all-American s'mores, I hope everyone will find something to love. — Laura from Lolalina
I would serve warming chestnut soup in these beautifully patterned earthenware bowls. Of course, they would also be just right for sipping cafe au lait or hot cocoa.
It is common to see throw blankets draped over the backs of chairs in outdoor cafes in Europe once the weather turns chilly. How lovely would it be to adopt this tradition for a cozy party at home? I love these antler blankets; they are thick and made from repurposed wool.
I know flutes are supposed to be better at holding champagne bubbles, but I can't resist the vintage appeal of these saucer-style glasses from Kate Spade. Polka dots with my bubbly? Yes, please!
I love the casual feel a carafe of wine brings to the table. This one is hand-blown and super elegant, yet still dishwasher safe — amazing!
Gather a flock of these little owl mugs on a tray next to the stove top, and let guests serve their own hot toddies.
These glasses are so chic for holding hot drinks. And they get bonus points for protecting your fingers with a band of cool-to-the-touch stainless steel. They're genius!
I would love to place several of these gorgeous hurricanes around my living room for a party. Mercury glass looks so festive with twinkling lights.
A fresh and fragrant green wreath to hang on the front door is always welcome. You could always try to DIY it, but if you are short on time, this one from Terrain looks especially lush.
I always like to set out a few interesting magazines and coffee table books for guests to leaf through. Anthology Magazine is one of my current favorites. The stunning photography and richly detailed articles will surely earn it a spot in your permanent collection.
An oversize artichoke illustration elevates these paper napkins to dining table status.
These petite, hand-turned maple candy dishes from Herriott Grace would make any dessert feel really special — even if you just picked it up at the grocery store. For bonus points, pick up a pack of Herriott Grace cake flags too.
The clean lines of this gleaming gold flatware keep the set feeling fresh and modern. Can you imagine how awesome this would look on a holiday table? Drool, drool, drool!
Every table needs a great salad bowl, and this one from TOAST has an organic shape that would set off food beautifully.
This vase is perfect for those of you as clueless about flower arranging as I am. Simply trim down a bunch of flowers and plunk some in each layer of the "fountain." It will look gorgeous with zero effort.
Add a little nerd-chic to your bar cart with this measuring beaker. And as a leftie myself, I appreciate the twin pouring spouts.
I can't think of anything more appealing on a cold winter night than sinking my feet into this amazing sheepskin rug while sipping a warm drink. Can you?
I like adding something a little kitschy to any party — something that will spark conversation and get people smiling. And come on, who wouldn't like candy cane–shaped doughnuts?
Try out this special marshmallow roasting tool over a fire bowl in your backyard and voila — s'mores without camping!
Oh, you don't have a fire bowl in your backyard? Neither do I, but I do have my eye on this one. The hammered copper is stunning.
Ideabook published on Dec. 16, 2011.
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