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Holiday Entertaining : Tips and Tidbits!

Elizabeth Tobin

Rhode Island Project

Rhode Island Project


Holiday hosting can and should be fun!

There’s a process. Plop down the gifts, take your guests coats, escort them to the appetizers and drinks, finish the final touches, wrangle your family for help setting the table, get this person that, help uncle Mike find the pint glasses, refill the nuts jar, try not to burn the gravy, get grandma at the table first.. Whatever your process or tradition, the holidays can feel like a lot, especially if you are hosting. But it shouldn’t be!

Having your style essentials at hand can help keep things simple and organized. I love to make use of trays and tableware when we host at home. Even if our holiday gatherings are on the smaller side (we like to keep it simple, and quiet!) hosting is still a great feat. Here’s a few holiday spaces I pulled from our portfolio to keep you inspired to take on the season!

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Sudbury Project

Sudbury Project


Let your guests do the work and keep your stations separate.

Setting the stage is 70% of the work. I love to have my holiday entertaining set up interactive and inclusive. Stacking plates for self serving can still have style! Even in a traditional dining room like the one in our Sudbury project above.

Make use of your space. Have a gorgeous hutch that sits outside the dining room? Save it for dessert space. Keeping your serving stations separate can make the house feel bigger. The holidays are a time to get everyone together to share a meal and admittedly indulge in the spirit of the season! So keep the bar seperate, plus its such a fun space to style!

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Want to see what we’re loving this holiday season, peek below!
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