This LA-based stylist and designer knows her stuff when it comes to decorating, entertaining, and elevating an event. Here she offers her tricks for hosting a festive gathering without all the fuss—and even shares a signature cocktail recipe. Bottoms up!
When hosting a holiday party, Emily Henderson suggests that you start by considering what feeling you want the celebration to evoke, not just how it will look. Her advice? “A relaxed approach to hosting will likely give guests permission to have more fun.”
Set Up Drink Stations Throughout Your Home
Having multiple spots will help with crowd control and prevent bottlenecking at the bar. At each station, offer up assorted garnishes and corresponding liquor options for customization, but leave suggestions for how to make your signature drink as well. Best of all, with little accessorizing, these drink stations end up doing double-duty as thoughtful décor.
Mix Modern and Vintage Pieces Together
Don’t Feel Tied Down to a Traditional Color Palette
Liven things up with more energetic hues, like rich pomegranate reds, melon and berry pinks, and various shades of orange. Use flowers, linens, and dinnerware to infuse these hues.
Emily Henderson’s IZZE New Fashioned Cocktail
• 6 ounces IZZE Sparkling Clementine
• 1½ ounces Bourbon
• 2 dashes of bitters
• Splash of lemon juice
• 1½ teaspoon maple syrup
• 1 sprig fresh thyme
Muddle the thyme, bitters, lemon juice, and maple syrup. Add bourbon, IZZE, and shake. Pour over ice and enjoy!