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background music

Spotify, Pandora, or even that retro turntable that’s been sitting in the closet. No matter the method, a continuous stream of classic tunes is always a good idea.

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tabletop essentials

Elegant sit-down dinner or a brief cocktail fete? No matter the formality, no party should be without these basics:

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quick apps

Regardless of the fact that you’ve got a 4-course dinner planned, set up a small cheese board or a plate of easy apps for guests to munch on when they first arrive.


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something fragrant

Whether you’re mixing up your special cinnamon citrus concoction over the stove or lighting up your go-to scented candle, set the scene with a festive scent. 

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holiday decor

Call it a no-brainer, but no holiday fete should be without festive details that complement the season. Pine garlands, string lights, we’re looking at you.

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a well-stocked bar

Now’s the perfect time to unleash your inner bartender, and put those mouthwatering cocktail recipes to good use.

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proper lighting

Keep the lights to a comfortable low – dim enough to set a soothing tone, yet bright enough for easy movement throughout the space. Bonus points for whimsical string or holiday lights.


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a backdrop for photos

A wall of balloons or festive garland make for the perfect photo backdrop!