When my friend Anita asked if I wanted to participate in a Lindsay Olives holiday promotion I immediately jumped at the chance. With an opportunity to come up with our own idea of what makes the holiday season so special, the word “style” kept popping into my head for a variety of reasons. As much as I love entertaining (you’ve seen my backyard, right?!?), I think it’s best done with a light hand and free spirit but that shouldn’t mean you have to sacrifice style. In fact, identifying the things that you love and elevating them with care and attention is what I call style, and yes, it’s something that’s great for special occasions and the every day.
After all, every day should be a celebration, shouldn’t it?
When it comes to style during the holidays, my attention immediately goes to the table. From now until the end of December we plan on hosting several dinners, a cocktail party, a few last-minute gatherings and opening our home to friends and family. It sounds like a lot (it is!), but keeping your cool and being prepared makes it so much easier. In fact, I’ve got this entertaining thing down and it’s really not that difficult! Here’s how style makes the moment for us.
Sips I always keep a bottle (ok, 3) of really tasty, inexpensive bubbles in the fridge. It could be a great champagne, a prosecco, a bougey cerdon, anything that’s chilled and delicious. Come over and you’ll immediately be greeted with a glass as I believe it sets the mood and lets you know that I’m about to celebrate the hell out of ya. And it doesn’t have to be a fancy glass, mind you.
Music I absolutely cannot exist without music, and this time of year it’s a happy blend of nostalgic holiday tunes mixed with Brazilian jazz classics and even some modern beats for energy. Low and slow in the background, music is another texture in your pad that shouldn’t be ignored.
Table Here’s where I geek out, and not just because it’s my day job. I’m not big on formality at all and prefer some irreverence and surprise when it comes to decorating, and that takes place in many forms. As a big collector of ceramics, anything mixed and matched works well when in the same color story, and vintage napkins and linens add color and charm. Heck, even a roll of butcher paper down the center adds texture, and branches and leaves from the garden can take the place of flowers. And since we’re in So Cal which means dining outdoors in December, every guest gets a fabric throw to wrap around when the temperature drops.
Ebb & Flow Sometimes style ain’t what you do but the way that you do it. More than anything I want our guests to relax and feel at home, and I never micromanage the process. If a new guest feels out of place I don’t hesitate to ask them to join me in the kitchen while I get ready, or I pair them up with one of our closest friends and guests to welcome them into the fold. Entertaining should never be forced, fussy, or uncomfortable. I want to have a good time, too!
So what makes the holidays for you? Lindsay Olives is running a delightful sweepstakes here, and all you have to do is share what makes your holiday special for a chance to win prizes. There are 4 winners, and each winner receives a $500 Visa Gift Card and an “Olive Entertaining Starter Kit”.
The sweepstakes is here, and they’re also accepting entries via Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag “#LindsayMoment”. It starts today and runs through 12/22/14!
This post is sponsored by Lindsay Olives.