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3 Easy Holiday Party Starter Packs For First-Time Hosts

By Elly Ayres

Getting the group together for the holidays — be they family, friends, or soon-to-be-besties — makes the season shine a little brighter. If your penchant for party-going has finally evolved into throwing your own, congrats! The hosting life is definitely where all the fun is.

In partnership with Macy’s, we’re helping newbie entertainers become the hosts with the most. From an all-the-bells-and-whistles bash to a cozy get-together for close friends, here are three festive ways to get your party started.

The Classics

Keep things sophisticated but fun with a refined get-together comprised of total crowd-pleasers: a bar tools set for fancy drinks (look up a yummy signature drink recipe beforehand!), candlesticks for dreamy ambiance, and a wooden stacking game to break the ice and get that conversation flowing.

Party Animals

Always fun and never fussy, party animal-style soirees are thrown with whimsy in mind. Set the mood with a festive “Cheers!” slogan by the drink station, and keep the bubbly flowing in celebratory glasses. A few instant cameras around the room encourage guests to make memories on the dance floor, which will be bumping all night, courtesy of a portable speaker that goes where the dancers do.

All Chilled Out

In the mood to hang, but feeling more laid-back? Host a chilled-out night at home with all creature comforts at arm’s length. Fry, stew, bake, or boil something delicious in a cast iron pot, and serve with a generous glass of wine. A holiday-scented candle (fresh pine and fresh-baked sugar cookies, anyone?) keeps a little magic in the air, while a snuggly faux fur blanket covers your night in coziness.

Photo: Will Styer; Art Director: Molly Kugelmann; Prop Stylist: Jojo Li; Senior Editor: Jenna Wexler.