While Meghan Markle and Prince Harry will reportedly spend the December holidays at Sandringham House in Norfolk with Queen Elizabeth, Kate Middleton, Prince William and Kate and William's two children, the Duchess of Sussex also has a history as a seasoned holiday host. On her now-archived lifestyle blog The Tig, Markle tapped her long-time friend Nicole Gibbons to offer her readers some holiday entertaining tips. Gibbons has her own interior style blog,Nicole Gibbons Style, which made her the perfect person to offer these circa-2014 Markle-endorsed holiday entertaining tips.
Gibbons, interior designer, founder and CEO of Clare — a new direct to consumer paint company launched earlier this year, gave Markle tips and advice to make things easy on the host while still wowing the guests. Her recs are all about simple elegance. "My philosophy is to simplify your table setting as much as possible. I prefer a more casually elegant setting when I’m entertaining at home which to me feels much more inviting and unstuffy," she said on her blog. The key to pulling off a seamless holiday event is to plan ahead, make your guests feel at home, and make sure you don't take on too much so you can mingle with your guests and enjoy yourself as well. Need some last minute holiday entertaining inspo? Here's what Gibbons shared with Markle on The Tig.