Christmas parties promise champagne, glitter and the joy of all things kitsch. But they can also induce a feeling of panic in even experienced hosts as they grapple with planning an intimate gathering for friends or a larger, multigenerational bash at home.
If you haven’t yet secured a live jazz band, hand-tied a floral display for every guest or ordered the components of your medieval multi-bird roast, don’t despair. Simply give in to the festive magic and follow our experts’ tips on how to dial up your hosting at speed.
“A festive gathering is the perfect opportunity to engage all the senses,” says Charlotte Hodges-Peck, associate director at Savills Interior Services. “Work in beautiful floral and foliage displays, festive scents and wonderful music.” This is not the time of year to debut out-there new ideas – it’s about long-held traditions refreshed with style.
Keep the drama to the décor
Prep your interiors well in advance. If you plan to use more than one room, consider multiple Christmas trees – all the rage this year, according to the designer and artist Luke Edward Hall. Decorations that reflect your family’s passions and pursuits make great ice-breakers (think space travel, polar bears or vintage cars). Hall also suggests trying the latest bauble trend: glittering fungi.