– “Create a mini arrival experience” with a festive entryway, says Kathryn Yee of Fort Point’sBash Studio. Consider welcoming guests with a playful statement, like this linen banner hung from a copper pipe Yee bought at a hardware store.
– Offer your guests something to sip on stat. Yee dressed up her drinks with nametags, herbs and straws fastened with thread. You can even make an icebreaker out of it. “During the holidays, you’re bringing together people from all facets of your life,” Yee says. “Encourage guests to mix and mingle by choosing a personality or character.”
– Play with different textures. For this spread, Yee combined wood, copper, eucalyptus and other materials for a multi-dimensional look.
– Yee suggests draping greenery on a ledge for the look of garland without all the labor.
– For a sweet departure, leave a to-go treat, like extra dark chocolate caramel popcorn from Arlington confectionery Ava’s.
Styling: Bash Studio, bashboston.co; Floral design: 1956blooms, 1956blooms.com; Lettering: Hush Lettering, hushlettering.com; Furniture: Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, mgbwhome.com; Popcorn: Ava’s Caramel Popcorn, avaspopcorn.com; Napkins: The Everyday Napkin, theeverydaynapkin.co; Drinks: Boylan Heritage, W&P Design, wandpdesign.com; Bowls: H&M, hm.com; Copper Straws: Lavender & Linen, mylavenderandlinen.com