Saturday, December 31, 2011

New Year's Entertaining: The Essentials

When planning your next big celebration (hint: New Year's), incorporate these essentials for an affair to remember!

1. The Perfect Bite: Delicious, elegant and easy bites, like Williams-Sonoma's Smoked Salmon Trio, will keep you and your guests satiated without the fuss of a formal meal.

2. A Signature Drink: Select a signature drink for your event, like this Lemon-Orange Fizz Mocktail, to keep the festive air high and the "bar" duty minimal.

3.  Gorgeous Flatware: Add a splash of unexpected flair that's sure to keep the conversation flowing, like gorgeous glassware or flatware. Feature here: Anthropologie's Bronze Age Flatware.

4.  Plates en Masse:  Having enough dinnerware to go around means never having to leave guests for mid-party kitchen duty.  Pottery Barn's Caterer's 12-Piece Dinnerware Set is the perfect stash for intimate affairs.

5.  Ambiance:  Nothing says--or creates--ambiance like the perfect lighting.  Use candlelight to enhance your setting and create the perfect mood and decor with these beautiful small hurricanes from Crate & Barrel.

6.  More Ambiance:  Just when you thought you had the perfect atmosphere in place, you must remember to seal the deal with a beautiful fragrance, such as Henri Bendel's Fragrance Reeds in (my favorite) Fig.

Happy New Year--& Happy Entertaining!

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