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9 Steps to Styling the Ultimate Holiday Party

In the realm of holiday hosting this year, we've shared a lot. We broke down what to gift your host, created a couple downloadable checklists for your party, and even detailed a few recipes perfect for the holidays. When Be Inspired PR shared this stunning holiday party with friends that they hosted, we knew the final piece to the holiday party puzzle had been found. Styling. 

They are sharing a step-by-step plan to designing a beautiful, cozy and meaningful holiday party. Our favorite tip? Save serious time by using a rental company to handle the set-up and clean-up. Read on for all 9 steps to styling the perfect holiday party. 

Event Producer: Be Inspired PR | Photographer: Sanaz Photography | Wholesale Flowers: | Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen | Tabletop Rentals: Borrowed Blu | Rentals: Collective Rentals & Design | Place Cards/Stir Sticks: Delovely Details 
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Commit to Your Theme

“Tying in the colors of the theme through coordinating lounge sets and patterned pillows will make sure your guests are feeling as festive as they are comfortable. Personal touches that really represent you as a host are the last ingredients to a joyful and memorable soiree!” - Lauren Montgomery of Collective Rentals Design House
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Create a Warm Atmosphere

“Here at Collective Rentals Design House, we know how important the feel and warmth of a space will affect the entire vibe of the soiree! We love to make sure the furnishings and decor are cozy but also exceptional for a special occasion! That means bringing in warm wood tables with gorgeous dining chairs and bringing in those special accents like hurricanes and candle holders to elevate the tablescape.” - Lauren Montgomery of Collective Rentals Design House
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Save Time by Using Rentals

“Plan your setup in advance so you’re not worrying about it before guests arrive. Use rentals for your tableware, as it's an easy option for a quick clean up {clearly we’re biased about this category, but it puts the cleanup on someone else and is one thing less to stress about}!” - Cassandra Stearns of Borrowed Blu
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Keep Your Tabletop Cozy

“When hosting a holiday soiree we like to make sure the tablescape and decor is warm and inviting for guests to feel right at home. The more fresh blooms, the better! We also love the moody lighting of candles and the use of colored linens to brighten up the room and table.” - Be Inspired PR
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Serve Welcome Drinks at the Door

“With a flurry of guests arriving at once, set up a pre-batched cocktail bar cart at the entrance of the party. Take the guests coat as they grab a drink and move in to the party. Holiday Mules or Champagne garnished with pomegranate and rosemary are two festive favorites.” - La Tavola Fine Linen
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Play Festive Tunes

“Festive Tunes: There’s nothing more special than walking in to a party, being handed a cocktail and being immersed in the holiday season. A great playlist set to last though the party is a must-have. We have just the one for you! Check it out here.” - La Tavola Fine Linen
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Get Creative with Napkins

“We certainly recommend renting linens for your celebration – it’s an easy way to add color, texture and style to your table. But more than that, we love great napkin play! Select a gorgeous pattern or dreamy fabric and use the napkins around your celebration in unexpected ways. Use napkins to line cocktail trays, in your bread basket, as hand towels in the powder room or as placemats.” - La Tavola Fine Linen
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Personalize Place Settings

“Intimate details can go such a long way when planning a holiday gathering. Making your guests feel special with a personalized place setting can let them know you are grateful for their attendance.” - Nicole Abejon of Delovely Details
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Offer Conversation Cue Cards

“Don’t forget to bring the tabletop conversation to a place of gratitude. Create an easy list of go to questions that can be placed at each guests place setting to encourage reminiscent conversations about things each guest is uniquely grateful for.” - Cassandra Stearns of Borrowed Blu

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