Expert Style Tips
Holiday Party Ideas - Try these creative tips from our entertaining pros for your next holiday party. Holiday Idea #1 - Try incorporating superfoods for a healthier holiday season - Marcey Brownstein, Chef & Owner, Marcey Brownstein Catering

While everybody else is packing on the pounds this winter, try incorporating superfoods for a healthier holiday season. I love serving fresh pressed juices - like beet ginger orange juice - which you can served spiked or not. - MARCEY BROWNSTEIN, CHEF & OWNER, MARCEY BROWNSTEIN CATERING

Holiday Idea #2 - The unique shape of this vase is what makes it so special - Amanda Allen, Wedding Registry Expert & Founder, Newlywish

The unique shape of this Alvar Aalto Vase by Iittala is what makes it so special. Use it to hold a short bouquet of your favorite winter flowers, fill it with potpourri to bring alive your favorite Christmas scent or keep it empty and let it stand alone as a one-of-a-kind centerpiece. - AMANDA ALLEN, WEDDING REGISTRY EXPERT & FOUNDER, NEWLYWISH

Holiday Idea #3 - Nothing makes a statement like a woman wearing the perfect lipstick - Heidi Evora-Santiago, Creative Director, Damali NYC

Nothing makes a statement like a woman wearing the perfect red lipstick. It's sophisticated yet sexy, powerful yet feminine, classic yet fashion-forward. It's the one product that can be worn alone and a woman looks automatically dressed up. The holiday season is upon us and with it comes a barrage of party invites, so whether you are rushing from the office or from putting the kids to bed, a red lip is the ideal accoutrement for any party outfit. MAC Russian Red and Nars Vesuvio are perfect for "statement lips" this holiday season. For a shiny red try Old Hollywood from Bobbi Brown. It's a beautiful true red lip gloss. - HEIDI EVORA-SANTIAGO, CREATIVE DIRECTOR, DAMALI NYC

Holiday Idea #4 - A glamorous pair of red heels completes any holiday look - Ceci Johnson, Founder & Creative Director, Ceci New York

A glamorous pair of red heels completes any holiday look. - CECI JOHNSON, FOUNDER & CREATIVE DIRECTOR, CECI NEW YORK

Holiday Idea #5 - Unique red tableware is perfect for any holiday - Amanda Allen, Wedding Registry Expert & Founder, Newlywish

Unique red tableware is perfect for any holiday party. Try any of the following to spice up your tabletop!

Bring a smile to everyone’s face with Revol's playful yet modern Crumpled Cappuccino Cups. The top quality porcelain is designed to hold hot or cold food or beverages – think a cup of warm eggnog – and is manufactured by an eco-friendly company that recycles heat, wind and water.

Ibride's Ming Tableware acts as a unique, modern decoration as well as a complete six-piece tableware set and a full-on space saver. This one-of-a-kind piece can decorate your home as a pot or can be broken down into four bowls, a serving plate and a pot complete with lid. It can be used at your fanciest dinner party or on a lazy Sunday picnic.

Keep Emile Henry's Fondue Set in plain sight when you have guests and you will appeal to their senses of sight and taste! The bright red pot is made out of clay instead of the traditional ceramic, and will keep your cheese hot, thick and smooth. The pot is scratch-resistant, dishwasher safe and comes with six stainless steel fondue forks.- AMANDA ALLEN, WEDDING REGISTRY EXPERT & FOUNDER, NEWLYWISH

Holiday Idea #6 - A rec colored blush dusted lightly across the apples of the cheek can beautifully enhance any red lip - Heidi Evora-Santiago, Creative Director, Damali NYC

A red blush dusted lightly across the apples of the cheeks can enhance any red lip beautifully. Exhibit A Blush from Nars is a great cheek color to try. - HEIDI EVORA-SANTIAGO, CREATIVE DIRECTOR, DAMALI NYC

Holiday Idea #7 - A simple stylized holiday dessert bar! - Amy Atlas, Sweets Stylist

The four steps to designing a simple stylized holiday dessert bar are:

  1. Fill up your table with delicious goodies.
  2. Keep a simple red color palette.
  3. Mix and match vessels.
  4. Add an element of height to the table.

Put long strips of red ribbon down the table to dress it up. A must-have on a dessert bar is a goody bag. Keep it easy and combine all red and white candies in clear cellophane bags and tie them with pretty red ribbons. - AMY ATLAS, SWEETS STYLIST

Holiday Idea #8 - A poinsettia martini, festive in red or white - it's like a cosmo with a holiday twist! - Marcey Brownstein, Chef & Owner, Marcey Brownstein Catering

A poinsettia martini is festive in red or white - it's like a cosmo with a holiday twist. I use pomegranate juice, vodka, Cointreau, fresh-squeezed lemon juice and then line the rim with sparkly sugar. - MARCEY BROWNSTEIN, CHEF & OWNER, MARCEY BROWNSTEIN CATERING

Holiday Idea #9 - A great red nail polish like these by Superstar is fun for the holidays - Ceci Johnson, Founder & Creative Director, Ceci New York

A great red nail polish - like these by Superstar - is fun for the holidays. - CECI JOHNSON, FOUNDER & CREATIVE DIRECTOR, CECI NEW YORK

Marcey Brownstein

MARCEY BROWNSTEIN CATERING Chef and owner Marcey Brownstein brings an impeccable sense of style - refined through 10 years in New York's fashion industry and a lifetime of international travel - to every event. In just eight years, Marcey has created a company that chefs, food professionals, magazine editors and world-renowned entertainers trust with their most important occasions. Marcey Brownstein Catering provides you with outstanding food, presented in the most extraordinary way. We believe that our combination of fresh, seasonal ingredients, culinary expertise, caring service and experience with event planning sense will make your party exceed your expectations.

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Amanda Allen of NewlyWish

AMANDA ALLEN, NEWLYWISH Amanda Allen created NewlyWish after her own wedding registry experience, during which she found that her favorite local shops didn’t offer gift registries. She then asked herself the question, “Since no bride is the same, why shouldn’t her registry be as unique and special as every other part of her wedding?” And with that, NewlyWish was born, built with the goal of providing couples access to the city’s finest shops and offering chic, stylish, and modern gift options for the kitchen, table, bed, bath and home, plus "experience gifts" such as cooking classes and dancing lessons, tickets to the theater, concerts, and sporting events, and even spa and fitness packages. Since launching, Amanda and her team have taken the gift giving beyond the registry to include a range of unique ideas for wedding party gifts, favors and welcome bags, stationery, and more…

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Heidi Evora-Santiago for Damali NYC

HEIDI EVORA-SANTIAGO FOR DAMALI NYC Heidi Evora-Santiago, founder and creative director of Damali NYC, is a veteran makeup artist with more than 15 years of experience in the beauty business. Her once strictly-mobile beauty services have evolved into one of the most sought-after agencies for bridal beauty in New York and Palm Beach. Damali NYC has quickly become a favorite among New York’s most beauty-conscious women, providing services that include eyelash extensions, nail care and all-organic facials. Heidi splits her time between New York and South Florida and continues to offer services for her private, corporate and bridal clientele while striving to direct Damali NYC to new heights.

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Amy Atlas

AMY ATLAS Amy Atlas, also known as "The Sweets Stylist," is a coveted entertaining authority, baking and crafting stylist, and award-winning blogger. Internationally recognized for creating the stylized dessert bar trend, Amy is known for bringing a fashionable flair to the dessert table. Amy’s first book, Sweet Designs: Bake It, Craft It, Style It - is a must-have, approachable guide on how to create the ultimate at-home presentation with desserts.

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