It is easy to get ready for Christmas Entertaining. Christmas is one of the most festive holidays of the year, so you should start your planning early in order to make sure it’s going to WOW your guests. Bringing friends and family together over the holidays makes for a warm and special time. Christmas is a time for being with each other, sharing stories, food, and laughter while celebrating the holidays. Christmas Entertaining can seem a little daunting, however, it can also be a lot of fun. Here are a few tips for making this day one you can enjoy and share in all the festivities.
When preparing to entertain guests over the holidays, it’s always good to know what your guests will eat and drink. What seasonal beverages will bring in the spirit of Christmas? What appetizers are quick and easy to prepare? If there are children present, what can you serve them that are alcohol free and nut free? Here are some basic guild-lines of what you should consider having when you are Christmas Entertaining.
What Guests will Drink
- Rum and Eggnog (Alton Browns Eggnog)
- Wine Red/White
- Mulled Wine (Ina Garten Mulled Wine)
- Non-Alcohol Fruit Punch (Check here for Ideas and Recipes)
What Guests Will Eat
- Assorted Cheese
- Veggie Plate
- Hot Appetizers (Check here for Ideas and Recipes)
- Deserts (Check here for Ideas and Recipes)
There are hundreds of ways to update and transform your home. Add a little shimmer and shine or go with festive red and greens. We’ve provided plenty of inspiration to help. From stunning table arrangements to items to create a festive front door. Layer cozy beds with holiday bedding to infuse warmth into your space from the harvest season through to the new year. Faux floral and pre-lit arrangements add a special touch that reflects holiday cheer. Put a twist on your holiday traditions, and go mad for plaid. Make your guestroom or master bedroom festive by swapping out the everyday bedding with a duvet featuring a classic plaid pattern. Wreaths are more than door decorations. Give Christmas Entertaining a modern makeover by pairing oversized wreaths with a mirror in your entryway or living room. Incorporate plaid bows, faux berries, and natural pinecones.
If you’re looking for fun ideas on different types of cocktails to serve, go to Earth Gear’s Best Cocktail Recipies.
If you’re looking at making stocking up your bar with all the necessary tools, go to Earth Gear’s Bar Accessories.
Just remember to drink responsibly.
Memories of cheerful holidays spent with family and friends come to life with Pottery Barns Dinnerware Collections. Beautiful, fine detail and vivid hues, these dinnerware pieces brighten your seasonal gatherings.
Serve salads and sides on a work of art. Talented artisans finishes and durable stoneware salad plates by from Crate and Barrel. Find hand striped with iridescent reactive glaze that yields unique and fascinating details.
Winterberries, pine branches and pinecones encircle our plate like a well-arranged wreath, giving it an inspired blend of color, line and shape. A stunning addition to the table, from William Sonoma.
Christmas Tree Ornaments
Showcase a little shimmer this holiday season with jeweled ornaments from Crate and Barrel. Crafted by hand by skilled artisans, they creates a gorgeous focal point in your holiday decor.
Add instant variety to your tree with vintage ornaments from Crate and Barrel. Sparkling lines of white and silver glitter accent traditional ornaments striped in red, green, white and silver.
Beautiful, original and exclusive to Horchow. Make your Christmas Tree an original that will wow your guests and make you Christmas magical.
Crafted of luxurious velvet and accented with crisp, high-quality monogramming, Pottery Barns stockings will become a holiday keepsake.
Based on an illustration by artist Suzy Ultman, Crate and Barrel’s exclusive Santa stocking appliqués pieces of bright wool felt to create a whimsical Christmas essential.
Snow covered leaves in the winter wonderland is the inspiration for this elaborate, silver embroidered stocking on gold tissue.
Make the season bright with our Faux Boxwood Collection from Pottery Barn. lit with tiny lights that glow within the rich green foliage.
The luxurious ring of fresh magnolia leaves, moss and Noble fir is accented with air-dried red pomegranates, red yarrow and clusters of green canella berries.
Hand painted and crafted wreath in paper twine and wire from Horchow. Features plastic balls, clear beads, styro berries, paper leaves, needle pine, and wire ball.
Exquisite details and blown glass make our mercury Glass Ornament Scented Candles a stylish way to add ambient light to your holiday decor.
Welcome home the snow-tipped scent of the outdoors with a holiday fragrance that’s truly evergreen. These classic Christmas fragrance’s feature evergreen, balsam and pine, warmed with Texas cedar and Spanish moss—all in fragrant candles to fit your favorite holders.
A cherry red glossy glaze brings out the textured finish and clean, modern look of these stately, stoneware pillar holders.
All is calm, and all is bright with the low-maintenance Pre-Lit Faux Norfolk Pine Trees that look just as good as the real thing.
The majestic Fraser fir variety is prized for its sturdy limbs, piney aroma and uniform pyramid shape. To ensure impeccable freshness, William Sonoma trees are shipped straight to your doorstep within 48 hours of harvesting.
Looking for something a little different this Christmas. Horchow has unique Christmas trees that will show off your truly unique taste.
Featured Christmas Entertaining Items
Gold Double Old-Fashioned Glasses
Add a festive touch to cocktails with our joyful double old-fashioned glass. A charming holiday gift, it features a hand-applied rim and decals made with 24-karat gold. Crafted of clear, sturdy glass, it showcases cocktails beautifully and is just as eye-catching when presenting water, milk or iced tea.
Wilshire Jewel Cut Decanter
Present and serve fine spirits in style with our vintage-inspired decanter, which combines a light-catching pattern with a deep blue hue. The Regency-era geometric pattern is cut entirely by hand, making it an inspired choice for holiday gatherings and special occasions all year long.
PREMIUM FLICKER FLAMELESS BIRCH WAX PILLAR CANDLE
The soft color and intricate texture of natural birch gives these flameless candles their autumnal charm. Their flickering light mimics a real wick for an authentic glow.
Candlelight flickers merrily through these hand-punched snowflake lanterns.
- Made of terra cotta with a glazed finish.
- Iron handles make these easy to transport and add a decorative touch.
- Lanterns feature hand-punched snowflakes.
- Candle pillars sold separately.
LIT BIRCH TREE
The soft neutral colors and intricate texture of natural birch add a peaceful woodland feel to seasonal decorating. Our Birch Tree is accented with jute rope at the tip for a rustic contrast and is lit with tiny lights for a warm glow. Place it on a console or mantel as the centerpiece of a display, or group a few in different sizes for added height and drama.