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Holiday Entertaining 101: Planning Ahead

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The secret to a great party is thinking of everything and planning ahead. We've put together a planning list complete with great modern design ideas to accomplish the perfect party.
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  Decorate the mantle.MÜZO COLLECTIBLESCanadian ceramicist Paige Russell's Müzo collection features a mix and match of porcelain and wood figurines—woods, caribou, sheep, and polar bear—that make a wintry, minimalist statement on your mantle.

    Decorate the mantle.

    MÜZO COLLECTIBLESCanadian ceramicist Paige Russell's Müzo collection features a mix and match of porcelain and wood figurines—woods, caribou, sheep, and polar bear—that make a wintry, minimalist statement on your mantle.

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  Hang the Stockings with care.HANDMADE CHRISTMAS STOCKINGScandinavian inspired bird hand screen-printed onto white cotton or natural linen and handmade in London. With a vintage style tape hanging loop.

    Hang the Stockings with care.

    HANDMADE CHRISTMAS STOCKINGScandinavian inspired bird hand screen-printed onto white cotton or natural linen and handmade in London. With a vintage style tape hanging loop.

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  Build a warm and inviting fire.PETER MALY TWO-PIECE ANDIRONS“I like working with clear, geometric forms: for me, they are the essential condition of their longevity,” notes designer Peter Maly. In his two-piece set of andirons, his sentiment is made visible. Distilling the form to its most fundamental, Peter Maly’s andirons are minimal and clean.

    Build a warm and inviting fire.

    PETER MALY TWO-PIECE ANDIRONS“I like working with clear, geometric forms: for me, they are the essential condition of their longevity,” notes designer Peter Maly. In his two-piece set of andirons, his sentiment is made visible. Distilling the form to its most fundamental, Peter Maly’s andirons are minimal and clean.

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  PETER MALY WALL-MOUNTED FIREPLACE TOOLSPeter Maly’s fireside tool set started out as a design challenge: to create the ideal pair of tongs to hold wood. The result: a trio of award-winning tools that meld high functionality with design innovation. Each stainless steel tool is wrapped in round-milled, full-grain leather bands to protect the handle from heat.

    PETER MALY WALL-MOUNTED FIREPLACE TOOLS

    Peter Maly’s fireside tool set started out as a design challenge: to create the ideal pair of tongs to hold wood. The result: a trio of award-winning tools that meld high functionality with design innovation. Each stainless steel tool is wrapped in round-milled, full-grain leather bands to protect the handle from heat.

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  Set out the appetizers.APPETIZER SET - WINTER SEASONALWarm wintry grey is a nod to the season in this Appetizer Set, which includes a mini condiment plate, and Edward Wohl cutting board and pate knife.

    Set out the appetizers.

    APPETIZER SET - WINTER SEASONALWarm wintry grey is a nod to the season in this Appetizer Set, which includes a mini condiment plate, and Edward Wohl cutting board and pate knife.

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  KUUSIKOSSA PLYWOOD TRAYPass the party appetizers on this tree-lined tray made of fabric that has been pressed into birch plywood and laminated. It's shatterproof, waterproof, and lightweight for easy carrying of all your favorite bites.

    KUUSIKOSSA PLYWOOD TRAY

    Pass the party appetizers on this tree-lined tray made of fabric that has been pressed into birch plywood and laminated. It's shatterproof, waterproof, and lightweight for easy carrying of all your favorite bites.

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  SLATE CHEESE BOARDThis cheeseboard from Brooklyn Slate is a one-of-a-kind serving platter that is locally sourced from co-founder Kristy Hadeka’s family quarry in upstate New York. Each board also includes a piece of soapstone chalk so you can write which kind of cheeses, smoked meats, or other kinds of hors d’oeuvres are being served.

    SLATE CHEESE BOARD

    This cheeseboard from Brooklyn Slate is a one-of-a-kind serving platter that is locally sourced from co-founder Kristy Hadeka’s family quarry in upstate New York. Each board also includes a piece of soapstone chalk so you can write which kind of cheeses, smoked meats, or other kinds of hors d’oeuvres are being served.

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  Encourage guests to dress up.Beyonce and Lo by Jason Collins | www.deliriousphotography.com

    Encourage guests to dress up.

    Beyonce and Lo by Jason Collins | www.deliriousphotography.com

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  Serve festive cocktails...COLOUR GLASSFrom the design duo Scholten & Baijings for Hay comes the Colour Glass collection. Using a unique language of color, form and line, the Colour Glass system employs a distinctive visual cue for each type of glass: gold lines to signify sparkling wine, a swath of pink to reference red wine, gold dots and color gradients for water. Combined with other pieces from the Colour Glass collection, a rich interplay of color and line is formed.

    Serve festive cocktails...

    COLOUR GLASSFrom the design duo Scholten & Baijings for Hay comes the Colour Glass collection. Using a unique language of color, form and line, the Colour Glass system employs a distinctive visual cue for each type of glass: gold lines to signify sparkling wine, a swath of pink to reference red wine, gold dots and color gradients for water. Combined with other pieces from the Colour Glass collection, a rich interplay of color and line is formed.

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  AARNE COCKTAIL GLASSFluid and elegant, bold and functional, Göran Hongell's Aarne barware collection epitomizes timeless style that trancends the trends of the moment. Aarne barware quickly became the standard for essential barware in the 1950s, and it remains just as essential today.

    AARNE COCKTAIL GLASSFluid and elegant, bold and functional, Göran Hongell's Aarne barware collection epitomizes timeless style that trancends the trends of the moment. Aarne barware quickly became the standard for essential barware in the 1950s, and it remains just as essential today.

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  ...and make sure the Champagne is chilled.TINA FREY LARGE BUCKETModern and playful, the Large Bucket is designed and hand-sculpted by Tina Frey in San Francisco. Made from shatterproof and food-safe resin, the Large Bucket’s clean modern lines are complemented by organic and supple leather handles making it easy to carry.

    ...and make sure the Champagne is chilled.

    TINA FREY LARGE BUCKETModern and playful, the Large Bucket is designed and hand-sculpted by Tina Frey in San Francisco. Made from shatterproof and food-safe resin, the Large Bucket’s clean modern lines are complemented by organic and supple leather handles making it easy to carry.

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  Put on the Bing Crosby and enjoy the holiday festivities!LIVE WIRELESS SPEAKERMinimal and stylish, the Live speaker is designed by Kristian Krøyer for Scandinavian-based Libratone. This chic speaker uses a high-resolution wireless sound system with AirPlay and DLNA support to stream your favorite music from your iPod touch, iPhone, iPad, Mac/PC or Android device.

    Put on the Bing Crosby and enjoy the holiday festivities!

    LIVE WIRELESS SPEAKERMinimal and stylish, the Live speaker is designed by Kristian Krøyer for Scandinavian-based Libratone. This chic speaker uses a high-resolution wireless sound system with AirPlay and DLNA support to stream your favorite music from your iPod touch, iPhone, iPad, Mac/PC or Android device.

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