Published on December 12, 2017

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Photography by DOMINO
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Photography by DOMINO

I’m always looking to make things more colorful, especially around the holidays. In a bold, primary palette, I’ve rethought the best in decorations and Christmas vibes. From custom napkins to bright garlands—it’s time to make this season pop.

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Holiday Crackers, Meri Meri, from $13

Christmas crackers are a McNeer family tradition, and this modern take goes with any tablescape.

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Photography by TOPS MALIBU

Deluxe Surprise Ball by TOPS Malibu, Domino, $18.99

I always get oranges in my stocking, and these surprise balls are a total upgrade to regular fruit; set them out in a bowl to have on hand for guests.

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Photography by Tictail

White Painted Tree Topper, Tictail, $36

The lines of this tree topper are so elegant.

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Photography by SUGY

Tea Towel by Sugy, Wilder, $23

I like to tell a color story with my tea towels; this one does double duty for Chrismukkah.

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Photography by PARTY CITY

Mini Disco Ball Mirror, Party City, $4.99

I always bring a disco ball and ribbon with me on NYE to do my own ball drop.

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Photography by CARGOINC.COM

Marigold Garland, Cargo Inc., $18

This garland adds some unexpected florals to a Christmas tree (then hang over a doorway to usher in a creative New Year).

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Photography by SULLYSTRING.COM

Math Class Nap Pillow, Sully String, $150

A party in a pillow in the ultimate festive red. 

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Photography by SMART SOLAR

Garden Solar Magic Globe by Smart Solar,, $50

Whether set to one color or cycling through the spectrum, I love how this globe lights up the room. 

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Photography by FUTURE AND FOUND

Ontwerpduo Tallow Candle by Future and Found, Trouva, $24

This candle has such a classic night-before-Christmas-throw-open-the-sashes vibe.

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Photography by LOMOGRAPHY

Color Negative Simple Use Camera by Lomography, Whitney Museum Shop, $22

Document the holiday season with disposable cameras…

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Colorful 20 Photos Album Collection by Photograph, Amazon, $35 

…and then put the printed photos in this chic album as an autobiographical coffee table book.

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Hangit Photo Display by Umbra, Domino, $19.99

Display cards or create your own advent calendar.

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Custom Napkins, For Your Party, $70 for 50

These customized napkins have an interactive element and work for any occasion—pair them with green glasses for Christmas, confetti for NYE, and heart candy for Valentine’s Day.

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The Confessions Game, the School of Life, $30

Set a card at everyone’s place with dessert and affogato to encourage a rousing post dinner conversation.

This story originally appeared in the Winter 2017 issue under the headline Party Time Excellence.

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