Holiday Entertaining Inspiration


With Thanksgiving under our belts, it’s time to start the December festivities. The holiday season is sure to bring about parties, dinners, galas, and winter weddings too! If you’re hosting a celebration this season, here are a few holiday entertaining inspiration ideas to put you in the planning mood!


Greenery is a quintessential symbol of the holidays. You can add sprigs of pine to your place settings or decorate with garlands and mini Christmas trees. There are so many ways to incorporate wintery greens into your event, find unique places in your home you might not have thought of before.

Lights can be a beautiful holiday touch to any occasion by adding elegance and whimsicality. Incorporate candles into your centerpiece, string twinkle lights across the ceiling, or add icicle lights to the outside of your entertainment venue.

Use snow as your muse when decorating. Hanging paper snowflakes from the ceiling, dusting the trees with glitter and faux snow, or adding silver and white accents can bring an outdoor wintery feeling to an indoor party.

Food + Drink

Serve wintery dishes when you entertain this season. Think Shepherd’s pie, a stew or soup, or racks of lamb with mint jelly. A hearty meal will warm your guests right up!

Serve holiday themed cocktails for the adult company. Eggnog, peppermint martinis, and hot toddies are all great options, but the possibilities are endless. You can even design an original drink using your favorite holiday flavor!

Dress Code

Bring some cheer to your party with a cold weather themed dress code. For a formal event, you might consider having your guests dress in all white or incorporate sparkle. For a casual event, your guests can come in ugly Christmas sweaters, 80s themed ski outfits, or all flannel. Setting a dress code will give your guests something to talk about and make for fantastic photos!


Nothing says holiday party like Christmas music. Create a playlist for your event full of holiday classics. Perhaps Frank Sinatra’s “Have yourself a merry little Christmas” or Bing Crosby’s “It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas”. If you want to stay away from Christmas-specific songs, don’t worry, there are still plenty of options! For example, “Let it snow,” “Winter wonderland,” and “Baby it’s cold outside.”

I hope this holiday entertaining inspiration will help you add festivity and holiday spirit to your celebrations this season!