Thursday, November 24, 2011

Holiday Hostess Style

It recently dawned on me that I haven't entertained in ages.

I definitely think working from home over the past few years, has made it much less attractive to stay in and entertain guests, mostly because I've got to transform my boardroom back into the dining room -- major pain! It's a total shame because I love getting creative in the kitchen and letting my inner Martha Stewart shine. Plus, I really do need to come up with reasons not to leave my work on the dining room table 24/7.

With the holidays approaching, I'm sure I'm not the only one contemplating taking on hostess duties.  Here's the recipe I'll be following for simple holiday entertaining.

One part great apron like this festive retro style by the west coast domestic goddesses at Sugar Baby Aprons, $45. It looks stylish so I don't have to worry if I'm not quite ready before guests arrive and really with an apron that cute, I won't even bother putting too much thinking into my outfit underneath.
Two parts ready to serve goodies like these Tipsy Cocktail Stirrers and artisanal goat cheeses available at The Bay's Foodwares market. They make it so easy to host cocktail hour without any hassle. There is no rule that says you have to cook everything from scratch!

A dash of sparkly comfortable shoes like these embellished ballet flats from Old Navy, $22.50, are also in order. I love my high heels but let's save them for nights out. Pretty flats guarantee I won't be in traction at the end of the night after dashing back and forth from the kitchen and attending to guests.   
...and a sprinkle of Martha Stewart style using inexpensive holiday decorations to set the mood. Don't laugh ladies! The Martha Stewart website is great for entertaining ideas. Many of them for novices with no glue gun required!
Remember, parties are supposed to be fun, even when you're hosting them. Don't over think it, feel free to take shortcuts and if something goes awry, just spike the egg nog!

-- Tamika Auwai is a fashion junkie, splurge-a-holic, and founder of Shop Socials.

Image credit: Sugar Baby Aprons, Old Navy,

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