We know how to party. In fact, we’re so good at it, we decided to exercise our expertise and throw the perfect holiday fete for the chic Gilt staff and their well-dressed guests.
In our Gilt Guide to Holiday Entertaining, we break down our soiree and show you — step by step — how to throw an unforgettable night of your own. Now here’s a little more to each of those steps, so you can truly perfect your party.
Step One: Set the Mood
DJ May Kwok curated the soundtrack to our soiree. She also revealed her secret for a perfect holiday playlist:
“Combine classic holiday songs with fun, contemporary tracks. Then you’ll have them singing AND dancing.”
Step Two: Pour Something Festive
Guests will feel automatically sophisticated as they sip our Absolut Elyx martinis. Serve it with our champagne and Elyx infused “Copper Cup #16″ cocktail, and the celebratory toasts will quickly begin:
3 parts Absolut Elyx
2 parts champagne
3 parts fresh passion fruit puree or juice
1 part vanilla syrup
Mix up your bar a little bit too. We suggest Perrier Jouet — a bubbly that everyone can get behind — and a red and white wine from Kenwood Vineyards. In particular, their Sauvignon Blanc complements a number of dishes — perfect for a group of diverse small plates — including light-sauced poultry, shellfish and seafood dishes, as well as spicy Asian cuisine.
Find deals on all of our suggested bar accoutrements on Gilt City, including Absolut Elyx, Perrier Jouet, and Kenwood Vineyards.
Step Three: Serve Celebratory Nibbles
Chef Scott Conant hosted our holiday soiree in his 3,000 square foot private New York City culinary suite. Delicious, inventive small plates made the rounds, perfect for keeping guests going without leaving them full.
This time of year, Gilt VP of Brand Relations Brooke Cundiff makes food the centerpiece of her thoughtful soirees:
“Some of the best holiday parties my husband and I have hosted have been small, intimate dinners with two or four of our good friends; we gather them to have what we call a ‘family dinner’ — a moment to appreciate all we’ve accomplished in the year and look forward to what we will do in the next year.”
Step Four: Dress the Part
Gilt VP of Merchandising Devina Foley explains that holiday ensembles should be festive, yet season-appropriate:
“Sparkling details, faux fur, and black lace — all of these scream holiday chic AND winter style.”