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Luxury entertaining: The delight is in the details

The holiday season is a time of joy, warmth and togetherness. It’s the perfect opportunity to gather with your loved ones and make unforgettable memories. If you’re looking to go above and beyond, why not embrace holiday entertaining in luxury style with elements like extravagant decorations, high-quality eats and exquisite details?

Over the years, I have gained a reputation for hosting extravagant parties, and here are a few examples of what I incorporate into my holiday entertainment.

CREATE A WINTER WONDERLAND

Transform your home into a winter wonderland with opulent decorations. Think elegant chandeliers, lush greenery and sparkling ornaments. Incorporate luxurious fabrics like velvet and silk into your table linens and draperies. Illuminate the space with soft candlelight, and add a touch of glam with gold accents and crystal decorations.

SET THE MOOD WITH FOOD

A luxurious holiday gathering calls for an extraordinary culinary experience. I always set the stage with an extravagant charcuterie board. Hire a professional chef or caterer to prepare a gourmet feast that elates the taste buds. Incorporate decadent ingredients into your menu, and offer a selection of fine wines, champagne and signature cocktails to elevate the experience. Don’t forget to present the dishes with artistic flair, using beautiful serving ware and garnishes.

AN AMBIENCE OF ELEGANCE

Beyond enchanting your guests visually, make sure to engage all of their senses. Curate a playlist of classical or jazz music, and use scented candles or diffusers with fragrances of cinnamon, pine or vanilla to emit a delightful aroma. If you really want the “wow” factor, you can hire professional musicians or a live band to serenade everyone with soothing melodies or lively tunes.

Incorporate interactive elements like photo booths or a mixologist station where guests can create their own signature cocktails. Consider organizing a professional wine-tasting session or a decadent dessert bar to add an extra touch of indulgence.

DON’T NEGLECT THE LITTLE THINGS

Luxury lies in the details, so take the time to add personalized touches to your holiday gathering. Consider custom-made place cards for each guest, monogrammed napkins or engraved glassware. Handwritten notes expressing gratitude for their presence can make each guest feel special.

As your guests leave, surprise them with sweet party favors like engraved ornaments, chocolates or small bottles of champagne or wine. These thoughtful tokens will serve as cherished mementos, reminding your guests of the great time they had at your celebration.

By attending to every detail, from décor and refreshments to personalized touches and entertainment, you can set your holiday party apart and ensure it is remembered fondly for many years to come.

Written by Jennifer Miller

Jennifer Miller is a certified interior designer, professional home stager and CEO of Jennuwine Design, Sophisticated Staging. Connect with her at info@DBJfirm.com, www.DesignbyJennuwine.com or (228) 285-1535.

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