Pursuit of Holiday Entertaining

Getting my own place with Jason has been one of the best decisions. One of the many perks is that we can now entertain in our own space. We soon realized that setting up for a holiday party can be more stressful than it appears. To make our little apartment special, festive, and party ready, quite a few little projects needed to happen.

IMG_1551I started with the dining room table. Setting the table for any season can be a really easy way to spice up your home, without going overboard.

IMG_1547I used some decorative plates as my starting point for the spread. Jason and I recently purchased these gorgeous plates from Anthropologie with beautiful artwork by Starla Michelle Halfmann. We thought it would be a waste to keep them stored up in a cabinet, so we decided to keep them out for decor.

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The plates were a great starting point, but now for a centerpiece, and a little more decor…

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IMG_1549I am a sucker for fresh flowers and candles…and so you have our centerpiece! I found this gorgeous bouquet of holiday flowers in Trader Joe’s and I knew it was going to be the perfect addition to the table.  I split the flowers into three parts. I used a vintage white vase for the taller flowers, and little DIY vases for the shorter cut flowers.

IMG_1555For the shorter vases, I actually cleaned out the glass jars of my favorite candles after they had  burned out, and they made for some beautiful amber colored vases/jars. To give the table some glow, I placed a holiday scented Capri Blue candle in a gold mercury glass jar in the middle, and fun little ornament tea lights within the decorations.

IMG_1550I scattered pine cones, and leftover gold and red ornaments along a red table runner to fill in the space with special details, and the table was complete.

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The next project for holiday entertaining was stocking up our bar cart.

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One of my favorite pieces in our apartment is our bar cart that was handed down to me from my grandmother. It was so lovely to finally be able to use it! We loaded up the cart with favorites, and Jason became the mixologist for the night. We had a lot of fun finding fun holiday recipes, and trying new things.

IMG_1566 IMG_1568 IMG_1569 (Yes, that is a penguin shaker.)IMG_1560 IMG_1562Jason and I both really love Christmas, and so our apartment was decorated for the season long before our plans of entertaining. So, the only thing left to do was turn on some tunes, and let the celebrating commence!

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(Poinsettia up high so the kitties don’t get into them. They are poisonous to cats)IMG_1577 (Presents that are half opened because Jason and I can’t wait)IMG_1576 IMG_1575 IMG_1573(Kitties need stockings too)
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