Perhaps it’s a sign that our kids are getting older and we’re (finally) dusting out the baby-brain cobwebs, but after a few dry years the holiday party circuit is CRACKLIN’!
I won’t lie: I’m delighted. Season after season I have stared at my festive wear and wondered if I should just give up the ghost and clear it out. But now, all of a sudden, we’re staring at 5 invitations to events big and small, glammy and casual, and my closet is back in action! Somebody pour me a Cosmo and let’s get to it!
THE BIG BASH
If you can’t go large at Christmas, when can you? This is the moment to break out the spangles. A mini dress is great indoors but be sure to bring a cozy coat for the walk home. I never shy away from a killer shoe but sometimes it’s wise to bring a clutch big enough for a late-night flat.
If the invitation calls for a bottle to share, check out the gifty packaging of Sofia minis — guaranteed to be the most effervescent offering on the table.
THE FIRESIDE CHAT
For a cozy holiday open house event, something more understated is appropriate. I like jersey pants because you can easily post up on the floor by the fire for casual catching up. A festive sweater gets you from here to there, and deco earrings dress it up. Red finger and toenails add holiday cheer.
For a hostess gift, I like pretty tableware, and these Ten Lords a Leaping placecard holders are just subtle enough to avoid Christmas kitsch.
Of course, you’re never fully dressed without a smile (and a great mani-pedi).
Happy New Year!