It is peak entertaining season during the holidays. It’s a time to celebrate, reflect, be joyful and get festive. In honor of this, I decorated my apartment with fragrant blooming Paper Whites that smell terrific, hung a small but mighty wreath with a red bow, and added two potted ivy wreaths on side tables I am still waiting for the Amaryllis to bloom and have not yet set up the tree. Whether you are hosting or being hosted, use the fine china and sparkly things this year. Here are a few nifty gift suggestions that range from over the top to downright divine. Because it is better to give than to receive.
As collecting goes, I do wish I had started scooping up antique crystal match strikers years ago. But, it’s never too late to start collecting something new with abandon, and the time is now. Starting with this stylish version by CB2 x goop which runs on the large side, make room on the coffee table, right next to the Diptyque candle.
And speaking of candles, no need to reinvent the wheel here. Go with the best: Diptyque Tubereuse. Complete with five wicks in a ceramic vessel.
A little Picasso always a good idea. I am smitten with the owl motif and pale blue hue of this pitcher on DECASO. I like his interested gaze, he looks like he would be a good dinner partner.
My friends Audrey Magarite and Jennifer Potter spent many years at Bunny Williams Home. They recently launched their own endeavor, a new home decor and entertaining site called Fete Home. Nicely priced with ever-elegant design, I think their brass tulip candle holders make a great gift. They have a low profile and look beautiful with or without a candle.
If you love flowers and china as much as I do then you will really enjoy this collaboration. New York interior designer Alex Papachristidis designed a capsule collection for Moda Operandi that channels his decorative eye and love of entertaining. The Le Jardin Chinois purple and white earthenware dinner plates he designed for the collection steal the show.
Tureens are back in style in a big way. Adding a special centerpiece that makes for a good conversation piece is always a good idea. Lately I have been seeing bird designs and this majestic vintage ceramic swan from Chairish adds visual interest and sculpturesque appeal in the center of the dining room table or on a sideboard.
Dress up the table with gold orb salt and pepper shakers. AERIN has these in her collection and they are a subtle statement maker that will look great with candlelight.
My, my this is a chic coupe shape! It’s also a steal of a deal at Crate and Barrel, a go-to for the more the merrier glassware.
I love this round carafe! Interior designer Amanda Lindroth has really expanded her collection of raffia and wicker accessories and this piece tops my list. Wrapped in wicker, it keeps drinks cold or hot. It makes a wonderful gift because it also works well in guest rooms, when friends come to stay they will have a thirst quencher waiting for them on the nightstand. Now that’s hospitality!
One can never have enough cheese knives. With so many varieties, preparation is key. The simple utility of these three designs makes these brass knives from Terrain an easy set to gift.
Few artisans craft porcelain flowers as beautifully as Vladimir Kanevsky. Long a designer favorite, his out-of-this-world floral creations are as beautiful as the real thing. He has made a few standout flower arrangements for Moda Operandi, like this abundant lilac gloriousness. There is just one left, so get it while you can.
I still have my first pair of needlepoint slippers from Stubbs. They were from one of the first versions made, and they have managed to last that long. I am excited to share that there is a new Stubbs and Wooton collaboration that has just debuted. John Derian, the decoupage master with a love of charming flower motifs, flora and fauna has designed a collection of velvet slippers festooned with just that. The thing to wear before, during or after the party.
Appear bearing chocolates in a zebra striped tin and be the hero. Louis Sherry Chocolates taste just as good as they look.
We are living in the age of on-demand services and it is a beautiful thing. Get the host a gift they will really appreciate, the gift of perfect hair. Download the Prete App and buy a blow out membership for that hard working holiday guru. And yes, that could be you.
Send thank you notes with a touch of mystique from L’Objet x Lito. The hand painted stationery set comes with four different colors of eyes, so you can connect on a deeper level, even if you choose to send the lavender one.