Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Deck the Halls JG Style

Halloween ... check. Thanksgiving ... check. Hanukkah ... check!

Whoa, that was fast! And now, the season to be jolly is about to fly right on by as well. So make it memorable. Make your mark. Leave your guests talking about your holiday shindig well into 2011.

Allow us to give you your gift early ... some holiday party inspiration from Jes.

Amber Is The Color Of Your Energy: Swap out your existing light bulbs with inexpensive amber bulbs to soften the ambiance. This is an easy way to impact your guests without impacting your wallet.

For a more intimate feel, turn off the lights and make your party room glow with candles set in amber-colored glass votives and hurricanes, or clusters of these fabulous amber silver glassed candlesticks (cohassetcolonials.com $49 a pair)

Or for a less expensive option, these amber blown babies (cohassetcolonials.com $25 a pair).

You could also throw in some hanging glass bottle hurricane holders to line the entryway or even as a centerpiece, depending on your set up.


Reinvent the Color Wheel: Stretch beyond the silver bells and traditional red and green palette. Instead, opt for richer hues such as deep jewel tones and muted metallic, or chocolate brown and copper. Reflect your color choice in everything from the table linens to throw pillows and slip covers.

Globe-trot: If you want to mix it up all together, why not create a All Around the World Christmas party.

Christmas time in Costa Rica, for example, demands bright tropical flowers and tons of fresh fruit, so adorn your table with bright pink orchids instead of red poinsettias. In China, ornaments are made from paper in the shape of flowers, chains and lanterns. So break out the paper and scissors and have your guests fashion an ornament for your tree.

Let It Snow: If you live in a cold climate, invite the gang to a "Dashing Through the Snow" bash. Begin the party outside with a snowball fight or snowman making contest. Once inside, invite guests to lounge in front of the fireplace on floor pillows. Give them their party favor early, a monogrammed fleece throw to keep warm (you can buy cheap ones at Bed Bath & Beyond and use iron on monograms). For your table decor, think the great outdoors ... pine cones, twigs and warm white candlelight. Place glass hurricanes with an assortment of nuts and pillars on your table. Or how about a pine cone centerpiece like this one?

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