Host a classic open house with modern menswear touches this Christmas season, complete with easy appetizers, a signature cocktail and a card-making station.
Easy Open House
A holiday open house is a stress-free option to holiday entertaining. Guests show up within a four- to five-hour time frame and can stay as long as their schedules allow. Entertaining open house-style also leads to more RSVPs and allows you to spend more time with each individual guest.
Bold Buffet Table
A buffet table is the way to go for open house parties. For this look, combine menswear fabrics in tartan and plaid with feminine touches like roses and sparkling accents. Label each dish with a menswear-inspired printable buffet label. For easy access to food items, place plaid-printed dishes on cake stands around the buffet table.
Sage green sequined stockings provide a sparkling backdrop that reflects light from flickering candles.
A custom tablecloth made using dark-toned wool tartan sets a soft, warm base for the look. To create your own no-sew tablecloth, find a heavy-weight plaid at your fabric store and create a clean edge using an iron and seam tape.
No need to use matchy-matchy dishware; an assortment of tartans and plaids mixed with neutrals adds to the party’s cozy charm. Here, Ralph Lauren salad plates are paired with mint-and-gold dessert plates.
Place tall tapers at the wall-end of the table, then add small votives around the table to create a festive glow around the flowers and food items. Tip: Always use drip-free tapers.
Serve different winter soups in shot glasses placed on plates for a festive look.