If the start of the holiday season makes martini glasses, candy dishes and punch bowls dance through your head, you are probably among the majority of people who ranked spending time with friends and family as their favorite holiday activity, in the exclusive Sears 2005 holiday consumer poll.
Lifestyle expert and author Laurin Sydney has proven tips to help consumers hop on the latest trends and make their holiday parties a smash.
"Whether you want to wow your guests with style and simplicity or dazzle them with glitz and technology, there are lots of simple ways to add a little pizzazz into your holiday entertaining," explains Sydney.
Design on a Dime: No matter what your entertaining style, you don't have to spend a fortune to be chic ... especially when it comes to holiday entertaining. Trend experts agree that it is hip to be frugal, and that you don't have to spend a lot of money when selecting items to jazz up your holiday entertaining. However, that doesn't mean you can't wish big, because Sears offers many creative items under $50 to brighten the holidays:
-- Dipping strawberries and marshmallows into a waterfall of molten chocolate made possible by a Chocolate Fondue Pot, the ultimate party accessory. ($49.99). -- Create a beautiful holiday table with the timeless Winterberry Dinnerware Collection from Pfaltzgraff. Complement the 16-piece dinnerware set with seasonal items that are festive, as well as dishwasher and microwave safe. ($99.99) [On sale thru 12/3 $74.99] -- Sip cocktails in style with a set of four Ty Pennington Style Cosmopolitan Martini Glasses, available exclusively at Sears in your choice of four sassy colors. ($19.99) [On sale thru 12/3 $14.99]
Set the Stage: The Sears holiday poll also found that 74 percent of holiday hosts and hostesses prefer to entertain at home, and many ranked atmosphere as one of the key elements for successful holiday entertaining. Experts agree that one of the best ways to accomplish this is with simple personal touches. A centerpiece that looks like it just arrived from the florist does not convey the same warmth and welcome as a collection of fresh- cut flowers arranged by hand.
Holiday Entertaining Ideas Here are a few more ways to add warmth to holiday entertaining: -- Framed pictures of family and friends always grab attention and are good conversation starters. Sears has a wide array of photo frame collections to suit your personal needs and taste. -- Candles set the mood and give the gathering a warm, festive feel. Find new ways to display simple votive candles, on a tiered dessert stand or arranged in a colorful serving bowl.
Ingenuity is Always "In": When it comes to holiday entertaining, creativity and whimsy never go out of style. Whether offering guests a taste of nostalgia or sending them home with a unique keepsake, taking a different approach to holiday gatherings will make a lasting impression on all your guests. Even the most resourceful host or hostess can use a little help; here are a few ideas to get those ideas flowing:
-- Give your guests photos of the gathering almost instantly with the Kodak Digital Camera/Printer combination. This 5 MP digital camera easily connects to the camera dock (no computer needed) to produce high-quality photos in minutes. ($399) -- Nothing sets the mood like the right music, with the Sony 5 CD Micro Stereo System, create a holiday mood to fit any gathering. With plenty of power for small or large rooms, the unit is compatible with many MP3 digital formats. ($199.99) -- Wine seems to fit most holiday gatherings like a glove, and with the Kenmore Elite 41-Bottle Wine Cellar guests will be "oohing" and "ahing" all the way home. Easy touch temperature controls keeps wine at the perfect temperature and the versatile design gives your wine the home it always deserved. ($649.99-it is on sale through 12/3/05 at $599). -- Good party, great coffee ... with the Cuisinart 12-cup Programmable Coffee on Demand™ Coffee Maker your guests will know that you have thought of every detail. ($109.99) About Sears, Roebuck and Co.
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