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Guest Picks: A Cozy Holiday Fete

I love hosting get-togethers in your home with close friends, particularly in the winter when it is about getting comfy and cozy! This month, I’ve rounded up 20 of my favourite finds to inspire your next party. From European customs like placing a warm blanket on the back of each chair, to a fresh take on all-American s’mores, I hope everyone will find something to appreciate. — Laura from Lolalina


Heartsease Bowl – $10

I would function heating chestnut soup in those beautifully patterned earthenware bowls. Of course, they’d also be just right for sipping on cafe au lait or hot cocoa.


Vintage Antler Blanket – $98

It’s normal to see throw blankets draped over the backs of chairs in outside cafes in Europe when the weather turns chilly. How lovely is to adopt this tradition for a comfy party in your home? I love these antler blankets; they are thick and made from repurposed wool.

kate spade new york

Bubbly Dot Saucer Pair – $80

I know flutes should be better at holding champagne bubbles, but that I can not resist the classic appeal of those saucer-style glasses from Kate Spade. Polka dots with my bubbly? Yes, please!


Simon Pearce Madison Carafe – $150

I really like the casual sense that a carafe of wine brings to the table. This one is hand-blown and super elegant, yet nevertheless dishwasher safe — amazing!

West Elm

Figurative Owl Mug – $10

Gather a flock of those small owl glasses onto a tray next to the stove top, and let guests serve their own hot toddies.


GC Hot/Cold Glass – $34

These glasses are so posh for carrying hot beverages. Plus they get bonus points for shielding your palms with a group of cool-to-the-touch stainless steel. They are genius!


Mercury Glass Hurricane – $58

I would really like to put several of those gorgeous hurricanes around my living room for a party. Mercury glass seems so festive with twinkling lights.


Mountain Wreath – $68

A fresh and green wreath to hang on the front door is always welcome. You could always attempt to DIY it, but if you’re short on time, then this one from Terrain looks particularly verdant.


Anthology Magazine, Issue 5 – $12

I always like to put out a few interesting magazines and coffee table books for visitors to leaf through. Anthology Magazine is one of my favorites. The magnificent graphics and richly detailed posts will certainly make it a spot on your permanent collection.


Aginares Paper Napkins – $14

An oversized artichoke example frees these paper cries to dining table position.

Herriott Grace

Maple Candy Dish – $160

These petite, hand-turned maple candy dishes from Herriott Grace will make any dessert feel very special — even if you just picked it up at the grocery store. For bonus points, pick up a package of Herriott Grace cake flags too.

Design Within Reach

Almoco Flatware 5-Piece Setting, Gold – $50

The clean lines of this gleaming gold flatware keep the set feeling fresh and modern. Can you imagine how amazing this would look on a table? Drool, drool, drool!


Big Round Bowl – GBP 85

Every table requires a great salad bowl, and this one from TOAST has a natural shape that will set food off beautifully.

Bronson Design Sudio

Fountain 4 Tier Cream Ceramic Vase – $240

This vase is perfect for those as clueless about flower arranging as I’m. Simply trim down a bunch of flowers and plunk some in each layer of the”fountain.” It will look stunning without effort.


Jigger Measuring Beaker – $3.95

Add a little nerd-chic to your pub cart using this measuring beaker. And since a leftie myself, I appreciate the double pouring spouts.


Sheepskin Rug – GBP 99

I can not consider anything more attractive on a cold winter night than sinking my feet into this amazing sheepskin rug while sipping on a warm beverage. Can you?


Candy Cane Doughnut Pan – $10.95

I like adding something a little kitschy to any party — something that will spark conversation and get people smiling. And come on, who wouldn’t like candy cane–shaped doughnuts?


Marshmallow Twig Roaster – $18

Try this out special marshmallow roasting tool over a fire bowl in your backyard and voila — s’mores without camping!


Hammered Copper Fire Bowl – $318.99

Oh, you do not have a fire bowl in your own backyard? Neither do I, but I do have my eye on this one. The aluminum is magnificent.

Shanna Murray Illustrated Decals

Spring Laurel & Welcome Tiding – $15

I really like everything Shanna Murray does, and I have had this Welcome Tiding on my wish list for a long time. I’m dying to put it on my door.

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