14 Quick & Stylish Party-Throwing Tips
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Merry & Bright1 of 15
By Andie Huber
The founders of Los Angeles–based Sugar Paper, Chelsea Shukov and Jamie Grobecker, invited Glo to their annual holiday office party. This year also marked the stationary brand's ten-year anniversary, making the event extra special. Check out our pictures from the event and steal a few last-minute tips for your holiday party.
Twinkle, Twinkle2 of 15
With party-planning help from entertaining expert Cristina Prusz from Le Partie Sugar, Shukov and Grobecker were able to convert their office into a festive party space. The courtyard turned into a mood-setting entrance with globe lights twinkling above and paper bag luminaries lining the walkway.
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For your own party, add a pretty wreath to the front door or line up your own set of lights to help set the tone for the evening.
Pick a Color4 of 15
Rather than go with the usual holiday red and green, Shukov and Grobecker took inspiration from their office's bold black and white striped walls for festive decor.
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In this space, Shukov and Grobecker used black and white ribbons on glass vessels, presents and the staircase banister. They also added small hints of gold throughout for a festive touch.
Flower Power6 of 15
Large-scale bouquets and over-the-top table decorations take a lot of time and can end up feeling fussy. Scaled-down flowers, provided by Kate Saffert, in gold urns offered an elegant (and easy) alternative.
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For your own party, buy a variety of flowers in one color, mix them up among vases and spread them throughout your home. Add sprigs of greenery snipped from the back of your Christmas tree for a nod to the season.
With the Band8 of 15
Great music makes any party better. Shukov and Grobecker hired A Jazz Trio by L.A. Jazz Bands for the night's festivities.
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Create a playlist and start playing the tunes well before the first guest arrives to get you in the holiday spirit. And remember: Keep the music at a low enough level that your guests can still chat with each other. If you notice people shouting to be heard, turn it down a notch.
Small Talk10 of 15
Large-scale decor isn't always necessary, and a full-size tree isn't essential if you don't have the space. At Sugar Paper's party, smaller displays of holiday decorations helped create a festive setting.
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Repurpose what you have—a vintage scale cleverly held wrapped presents while glass jars filled with ornaments and lights wound their way throughout the space. Don't have a scale? A red wagon and and woven baskets can easily hold presents.
In the Mix12 of 15
Festive cocktails were mixed up by the pros from Pharmacie L.A., a mobile bartending service that uses fresh, organic ingredients.
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While a bartender may not be in the budget, simply print a menu explaining different drink options. It will let guests know what's available to drink, including any non-alcoholic options. It will also free you from having to play bartender all night long!
Party Favors14 of 15
As revelers left the party, they were invited to take a little something to go. Vintage tubs held juice that contained a combination of cucumber, pineapple, lemon, coconut water and aloe vera—all by Pressed Juicery. Perhaps a secret hangover cure?
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When it comes to party favors, as long as it feels personal, guests will appreciate any takeaway. Consider wrapping a couple cookies with a handwritten note or emailing everyone the next day with photos from the night.