Holiday Entertaining Tips

One of our favorite things about this most wonderful time of the year? The parties, of course! We love holiday entertaining, but understand that throwing a festive fête can be overwhelming. We chatted with one of our co-founders, and hostess extraordinaire, Angelika Stuart, on her tips for throwing a party to remember this holiday season:

  • Stock the Bar - We’re going to go ahead and say that as long as the holiday bar is stocked (and looking oh-so-festive, like Angelika’s pictured above) your guests will be happy!

  • Plan Ahead - Truth be told, we’re typically of the ‘find a great caterer’ mindset, but if you’re doing some serious cooking and baking for your party, we totally respect that! Just make sure to plan ahead and prep as much as you can in advance. Chopping, measuring, baking….the more prepared you are, the more smoothly things will run on the day of the party.

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  • Personalize It - consider a signature cocktail or incorporating a fun theme. Just keep it chic (no costumes) - allow the decor, food and drinks to do the talking when it comes to holiday themes.

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  • Great Entertainment - whether it be a fabulous playlist, a fun or quirky game, or even live music (give us a piano and some singers, like you’ll find at Angelika’s parties, and you won’t be able to get rid of us!) - but you always want your guests to feel entertained. Leave them talking about their fabulous night.

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  • Relax! - There’s nothing better than a welcoming host who is genuinely having fun at her own party! Put your guests at ease by keeping your cool. Remember, even if something goes wrong, this is why you stocked the bar! :)

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Happy Holidays and happy entertaining, everyone!

Alicia's Design Must-Haves

We sat down with Alicia Weaver to get the scoop on the design elements she can’t live without. “There are so many things that can transform a space - from small accents to color to prints,” Alicia told us. Her general motto: go big or go home. We couldn’t agree more! Here’s her list of can’t-live-without design essentials:

  • Large Coffee table books - The perfect accent. And, they’re just filled with pretty things!

  • Large Artwork - One large piece can finish a room and become a focal point. It’s definitely a design must-have.

  • Pretty Chandeliers - any and all! Lighting fixtures can completely transform a room and there is nothing like a beautiful chandelier.

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  • Lucite - whether it be a chair, tray or a piece of acrylic, I love adding lucite as an accent to any room.

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  • Animal print - When it comes to mixing and matching, animal hair is a no-brainer. Whether it’s hair on hide on a chair, or print on a pillow, a little animal print goes a long way.

  • Wallpaper - I LOVE wallpaper!! Everywhere! Layering materials makes me happy, but it also makes for a fun and cozy home.

  • Oversized lamps - Oversized lamps can make such a statement. I especially love large nightstand lamps. My personal lamps are a sea-foam blue ceramic with a 20” round shade.

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  • Throw Pillows - Adding or replacing throw pillows is an easy way to change a space and create new style when you’re in the mood for something new.

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And her list goes on…from white towels to comfy sheets to real marble (somewhere, anywhere!), there are so many elements that make a house a (well-designed) home. What are your design must-haves? We’d love to hear from you!

Gifts to Give and to Get

Those final touches give us so much joy. That’s why we decided to carry some of our favorite brands right here in our studio, for styling, shopping, and inspiration. We’re sharing our top picks for holiday gifting - the perfect gifts to give, or to get.

The best part - stop by our studio at 201 SW 5th Street in downtown Ft. Lauderdale, today through Friday, 12/7, and enjoy 20% off our selection of home accessories.

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Noir Furniture

Hand Gesture Sculptures $120

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Babe Australia

Rosa Large Candle $75

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BIDK Home

14 Wick Hammered Metal Candle $160

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Ancesserie

Texting on Crane Letterpress Notecards Set: 8 for $24

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Worlds Away

Lips Vase $90


Cheers to the most wonderful time of the year!

Thanksgiving Table Inspiration

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Need some last minute design inspiration for that perfect holiday table? 

We love these tips, plus a coastal chic take on the holiday from our co-founders' home pictured above. Stunning.

Wow your guests and maintain your sanity, with a few decor tips from the experts:

1. It's about people, not perfection - don't worry about every plate matching, every place setting looking perfect. Eclectic is "in." 

2. When in doubt, flowers - bring mismatched table top items together with a consistent floral theme. Keep it simple with berry garland or branches of greenery and pumpkins for a festive table setting. 

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3. Try a new color palette - veer off from the typical orange, brown, and red. Try something new like this season. Perfect in Florida, go coastal chic with all white or pops of blue. 

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We hope everyone has a wonderful, happy Thanksgiving with your families!