The Gilt Guide to Holiday Entertaining

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." -- DJ May Kwok

“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."

“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."

“Sparkling details, faux fur, and black lace — all of these scream holiday chic AND winter style.”

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Veuve Clicquot On The Go: The Perfect Excuse To Take Champagne Everywhere

Any excuse to sip Champagne is okay in our book—especially when that bottle of bubbly is from the legendary Maison Veuve Clicquot. We’ve teamed up with the brand on their Veuve Clicquot Mail campaign to bring you an exclusive envelope clutch and travel case, perfect for toting on extremely chic picnics this fall. Need some inspiration? Vice President Vanessa Kay shares her ideal menus for four elegant destinations. Read, shop, then pop a bottle and enjoy.

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The Veuve Clicquot envelope clutch and travel case, available exclusively on Gilt

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#FlashbackFriday: Style Icons of the Mod Movement

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Clockwise from top left: Mary Quant; Audrey Hepburn; Nancy Kwan; Edie Sedgwick; Brigitte Bardot; Diana Ross, Florence Ballard, and Mary Wilson of The Supremes; Jackie Kennedy; Jane Birkin; Twiggy

Sixties-inspired dressing was one of the biggest trend takeaways from the Fall ’14 shows — and rightly so, considering the wealth of iconic references, from the micro hemlines championed by Brit designer Mary Quant to the splashy color-coordination of power girl groups like The Supremes and The Ronettes. And while the modern slant on mod is certainly an homage to the era, you can go for subtlety with pieces from our Fall Trend #6: ’60s Moment sale, featuring throwback favorites revamped for right now: Think sleek knee-high boots, geometric shades, and streamlined dresses in psychedelic prints. But don’t fret if you missed your shot at the rest of our trend series: We’ve got the fix with The Fall Trend Shop, your destination for the season’s best bets, updated weekly with a brand new trend to obsess over. Take a cue from our vintage roundup of the decade’s ultimate style-setters, then get shopping for a seriously chic, this-minute look.

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Pack It Up: Erin Fetherston’s Pro Tips


Erin Fetherston’s fast-paced lifestyle relies on her first-class traveling — and packing — skills, right down to her night-out accessories. Good thing the NYC designer is sharing her expertise in a new online video series, “Charmed, I’m Sure“, a collection of quirky DIY shorts detailing everything from pulling off the perfect ponytail to packing your evening clutch like a seasoned pro. And Fetherston’s even got you covered when it comes to much larger baggage: Check out her travel tips and shop a stylish fleet of luggage in our Tumi sale, on Gilt now.

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