Hosting a Holiday Soiree

This Holiday season I am hosting endless Holiday Parties so today I wanted to share a look at a gorgeous one I hosted in partnership with Lillet. Not familiar with Lillet? It’s a delicious aperitif wine that originated in the 1800’s in Podensac, France. Being a wine ‘aperitif’, it is a fabulous and fancy ‘pre’ or ‘post’ dinner drink, which is perfect for serving on an extra special occasion like the Holidays.

So for my latest Holiday gathering, I wanted to create a beautiful ‘welcome’ drink cart featuring options of Lillet’s white, red, and their newest, rosΓ© blends, accompanied by festive toppings! Read on for festive party tips and inspiration, including a Lillet Spritz Cocktail that I highly recommend including at your Holiday Party!

To make my dining room festive for the Holidays I hung garlands {which were filled with silver ornaments, ribbons, and lights!} above my dining room mirror. The twinkling of the lights during dinner really sets such a romantic mood. Then for my table’s centerpiece I chose candles over flowers. Something about the glowing light {especially matched back to the garland lights} feels so magical. If you want to avoid mess and cleanup I recommend splurging on flawless ones! Opting for candle centerpieces over flowers is a great idea for those of you entertaining multiple times because you will save tons of time and headache avoiding back and forths to the flower shop.

For my Lillet cocktails drinks I chose especially sophisticated glassware, vintage crystal coupe glasses with beautiful crystal-cut detailing. Having such elegant glasses really dresses up the drinks! Then, being the Holidays I thought I would provide an array of festive toppings for guests to add to their spirits. Cranberries, rosemary and pomegranate seeds, finished off with Merry Christmas drink stirrers. Guests love the DIY element and I love the colors for the Holidays!

My Lillet Spritz Cocktail Recipe:

  • Two parts Lillet Blanc
  • Four parts soda water
  • a teaspoon of cranberries and pomegranates
  • rosemary sprig for garnish

Then to accompany my beautiful drinks, I decorated my bar cart with fancy Holiday decorations like glass nutcrackers, Simon Pearce Bubble Glass Trees, and mini flocked trees. If your room is over-flowing with guests, I recommend waiting to reveal the cart until everyone is seated and ready to enjoy dinner. Then roll in the cart to kick off the meal so guests can “oooh and ahhhh” at your beautiful display!

Sip and enjoy!

Wishing everyone a merry Holiday season!

Photos by Yesi of Simply Lively

Thank you to Lillet for sponsoring this post.






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