Hosting My Holiday Cocktail Party

This time of year can get pretty hectic leading up to the holidays. I like to set aside a night to reconnect with friends and enjoy their company. This year I decided to host a holiday cocktail party at home. There’s something so intimate and cozy about having a group of friends over for a night of laughs and great drinks. There are so many new traditions we’ve started this year and I think this is a fun addition to the list. This is my first holiday cocktail party and I thought it would be fun to share with you how I got ready for the evening including the outfit looks and drink libations.

The Outfit

For this event, I wanted to get dressed up but still be comfortable since we’re hosting at home. The White Company is my favorite British brand that’s recently launched in the US. They have a beautiful store at 155 Fifth Avenue here in the city (which I had the pleasure of attending the opening this past summer) and another in Short Hills and they’re great for achieving that comfortable-yet-glam look – which isn’t always easy.

When I saw this jumpsuit, I knew I’d found the one. It’s such a classic piece and a great addition to anyone’s wardrobe to wear throughout the year. It has a tie sash to define your waist and the straight leg cut looks great on any figure.

I added a bit of functional glamour with this faux fur stole. I wanted to add some warmth and the white and black combination is timeless and elegant. To finish the look and add a little sparkle, I grabbed this beaded velvet clutch. I love this look and most importantly I was comfortable all evening!

Our Holiday Cocktail

Last year Matt and I came across this great cocktail recipe on Half Baked Harvest, Poinsettia Spritz Punch. It’s super easy to make and delicious. You can make a batch so you can sit back and relax with your guests.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 3/4 cup vodka
  • 1 1/2 cups 100% cranberry juice or pomegranate juice
  • 2 ounces St. Germain elderflower liquor
  • 3/4 cup champagne
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries
  • slices rosemary and orange for serving
  • Cocktail jug with stirrer
  • Champagne coupes

For directions head over to Half Baked Harvest. They also have a ton of other holiday cocktail recipes.

Once the drinks are poured and garnished, they’re beautiful. I really wanted to showcase them with a beautiful display. I used a silver mirrored tray to put the drinks on. To make things a bit more festive I added a pre-lit mini spruce tree. Candles are always a great addition. This mercury candle looks great with the mirrored tray and has a lovely warm, spicy scent.


This was such a fun little gathering to plan. Are there any special traditions you have with friends? I’d love to hear about them.

xo, Olivia

Sponsored by The White Company

1 Comment

  1. Jessica wrote:

    You look stunning dear! Loving the fur, such an fab touch. Thanks for the recipe btw.

    Jessica |

    Posted 12.13.17 · Reply

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