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Customize Holiday Hosting

by Anna Gray June 14, 2018
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With endless parties to host and attend, the holiday season is not the most relaxing of times when it comes to entertaining. And yet, successful – and definitely fun – gatherings require a dash of spontaneity and a willingness to go with the flow. (On that note: stocking up on plenty of spirits and wine always helps). Here to guide you in the art of casual entertaining are the design experts at Homepolish, shared their DIY tips for merry making.

Homepolish spruced up Holzman’s Williamsburg abode with seasonal foliage, like pine needles, moss and cranberries, that add some winter color (and smell amazing, too).

Here’s how to recreate the design for your own holiday fete.


Work magic with functional everyday objects that do double décor duty.

Twine Napkin Rings
Tightly roll linen napkins and secure with butcher’s twine. Tuck a sprig of evergreen, a cinnamon stick or any other seasonal garnish that adds a splash of color and fragrance.

Julep Cup Planter
Take pewter julep cups or old trophies and create a memorable centerpiece. For succulents and small plants, layer floral foam in the bottom of the cup, cover with live moss and arrange the plants on top, as if they’re flowing over. For taller flowers and plants, pot like usual, layering soil and cover the top with moss. 

Floating Tea Lights
Fill glass jars or glasses with water, then add cranberries, seasonal plant clippings and a tealight candle to create a holiday-inspired centerpiece. Run as many as you like down the center of the table for a warm ambiance.

Seasonal Place Holders
Craft simple place card holders for parties using toothpicks and fresh produce, such as oranges or pears. (This idea works year-round; try peaches in the summer and squash in the fall). Write the names of your guests on parchment paper, fasten to toothpicks and puncture the fruit.

Moss Mantel
Use moss (available at most floral shops) to make a base of greenery. Then place candles across the entire mantle to create little pockets of light. It doesn’t have to be perfect; the more randomly placed, the more natural the look. Anchor the mantle with two symmetrical paper white flowers to draw the eye up.

Anna Gray is editor at Homepolish. Lead photo by Claire Esparros for Homepolish.

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