Everybody Have Fun Tonight
That includes you, host with the most. With a little help from a couple of entertaining experts, you can get in on the fun of your own holiday bash.
It sounds like a brilliant idea at first: “Let’s have a holiday party!” You pick a date, you make a list, you start telling your friends. Then you start trying to decide what kind of food to serve. Then there are the drinks. And the decor. And the guest list—should it be an intimate gathering, or a big to-do? Before you know it, the voices are overlapping in your head like an annoying aspirin commercial, and you’re ready to forget the entire idea and hop the first plane to the Caribbean.
But calm down. There’s no need to panic. With the endless amount of resources available at your fingertips these days—and a few expert tips from those who do this sort of thing for a living—your holiday party can end up being the talk of the town, not the reason you decided to up and leave town.
Entrepreneur and Spadaro Luxury Fragrances creator Kim Spadaro enjoys decorating and transforming spaces through scent, lighting, music and décor. After studying aromatherapy and launching a lifestyle brand of her own, Spadaro has fine-tuned her expertise, uncovering a passion for decorating and transforming spaces through scent, lighting, music and décor. Now she shares her secrets for transforming your home for the holidays by creating a captivating and memorable atmosphere that will leave a lasting impression. Not surprisingly, she starts with tips on décor and set, which, naturally, set the mood.
“To prepare for the holidays, warm up the room by making subtle changes to the décor,” she says. “Switch the candles to a warm color like burgundy, burnt orange or red, and replace floor coverings and change slipcovers to alter the way a room feels. For a festive family gathering, create a sense of togetherness by setting tables with simple rosemary twigs in short glass vases.” If available, Spadaro advises using benches to create more seating space. “Tie in each table with matching centerpieces and white crisp linens.”
Next, add subtle scents in gathering areas to infuse aromas and ignite feelings of the holidays without overpowering the room. Burning essential oil scents such as clove bud, bergamot orange, frankincense, vanilla, cinnamon, cedar and fig in a ceramic aromatherapy burner is an effective way to infuse festive aromas in a home. Clove Bud lends an immediate sense of warmth. Frankincense is comforting, evocative of a temple or church. Bergamot is a go-to all year, but for winter or holidays, it is a stimulant that lifts spirits and increases appetites.
“Start by adding a few drops of your favorite scents to water and warm the essential oils with tea lights, which will typically last for several hours, leaving a trailing scent for the day,” Spadaro advises. “Also, as a subtle way to infuse instant aromatherapy, add drops of essential oil to the water that you use to clean your home while mopping floors and wiping off counters.”
Set the mood of your party by adjusting the lighting. “A brightly lit room is great for a daytime gathering, but for an evening get-together, keep the lighting minimal,” says Spadaro. “Dim lighting and candles set a romantic ambiance for a cocktail party, while abundant candles and dimmable lighting works best for an intimate holiday dinner.” As for music, the playlist is key. Know your guests and pick an appropriate mix for the type of party you are hosting. Holiday jazz is a great choice for a cocktail party, while traditional holiday classics are perfect for a family gathering.