I love holiday parties—going to them, hosting them—it is such a fun time of year. I especially like how holiday gatherings span generations. From grandparents to little ones, everyone is together having a great time. With so many different ages at my own parties, I like to offer food that appeals to everyone whether they are 5 or 85. I always serve pigs in blankets, smoked salmon on toast, cheese puffs, and crab cakes. Desserts like Christmas and gingerbread cookies, peppermint ice cream and brownies are impossible to resist. Vintage cocktail napkins in red and green embroidered with holly, Santas, or initials are stacked on tables. I always place treats like chocolate balls, peppermint sticks, ribbon candy, nuts and popcorn in gold nesting bowls around the apartment. I love how gold accents make everything feel more festive.
I decorate my apartment with lots of red everywhere during the holidays—peonies, dahlias, and berries. I’ll wrap garlands around the stairs and over the fireplace mantle. In the den, I play Christmas movies like Miracle on 34th Street or Rudolph on the TV. When it is time to leave, I have small gifts like scented candles wrapped in gold paper and ribbon waiting at the door a custom my grandmother taught me many years ago.