Whether hosting your whole clan or traveling to your relatives, the annual family Christmas party is not to be taken lightly. So, we sought out the experts at Fashion Island for guidance on what to use for hosting the soirée yourself or gifting to the hosts, and how to keep peace and love at the forefront this most joyous time of the year.
Home Entertaining Tips
Noel Canape Plate, Quill & Fox ($12). Anthropologie, Fashion Island, 835 Newport Center Dr., Newport Beach, 949-720-9946
Adorned with colorful santas, nutcrackers, and snow globes, these stoneware plates from Anthropologie are the ideal way to sample a little of everything.
Knightsbridge Flute, Wedgewood ($43). Macy’s, Fashion Island, 101 Newport Center Dr., Newport Beach, 949-640-8333
Toast to the Christmas holidays and those you love most with these full-lead crystal stem flutes by Wedgewood.
All good guests want to pitch in and help with the holiday festivities. As a host, don’t be shy about taking people up on their offer. While major responsibilities should be handled ahead of time, delegate smaller tasks, such as opening wine bottles or lighting candles at the dinner table.
The biggest conversation moment? The Christmas toast! No family occasion is complete without one. If you are the one hosting, make sure your speech brings good cheer and is inclusive of all who are there. If you are a guest, make sure to give your undivided attention to the speaker. As they say, listen twice and speak once.
Bel Air Mini Scoop Vase, Jonathan Adler ($98). Fashion Island, 579 Newport Center Dr., Newport Beach, 949-759-0017
Enjoy a fresh perspective on roses and other winter-time blooms thanks to this mini green lucite vase by Jonathan Adler.
Matte Black VertuoLine, Nespresso ($199). Fashion Island, 129 Newport Center Dr., Newport Beach, 949-717-0079
After the festive feast, let guests enjoy dessert with espresso or coffee poured from this luxe Nespresso machine.
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