With its pleasing laid-back vibe and beautiful attention to detail, Napa Valley is famous for its comfortable yet elegant aesthetic. This combination translates perfectly into an approach to entertaining for the holidays that wows guests with sophistication and polish, yet is easy to execute.
Here are our top 5 tips for bringing the spirit of Napa Valley to your next holiday gathering…
TOP 5 TIPS
1. Seasonal Decor
Whatever is in bloom or handy in your garden can be used to dress your table. Seasonal herbs, potted plants, evergreen boughs, pomegranates, persimmons, or bundles of holly interspersed with votives or fairy-lights can make a holiday table magical. When you can, try to mix rustic woods together with vintage industrial copper or metal for an elegant farmhouse feel. An added plus: if you use potted flowers or plants, they make lovely gifts to send home with your guests at night’s end.
2. Garden to Table
Bring seasonal produce to the table as much as possible. Most all fruit or produce stands close during the winter months, but try to find a farmer’s market to shop, or a higher-end grocery store to get the pick of seasonal fruits, vegetables, cheeses, and local specialty international markets that can inspire and set the base for your menu.
3. Keep in Simple
Establish a color theme and stick to it. Whether you go for a traditional red and green or blue and silver, keep your look cohesive and your sanity (and budget) in check by sticking to a unifying theme. Scour your existing decor collection for items that fit into your color palate and source your decorative accents from what you already have before you shop for additional elements. Make sure to bring some of the bright colors into your appetizer and food display with fresh fruits and vegetables – color is key to stimulating your appetite and your senses, plus the more vibrant the color the more healthful the food.
4. Keep It Intimate
The ideal number of people for a party is between 10-30 so that you can actually have time to enjoy your guests. To keep the party going and infuse new energy into your circle, ask your guests to invite someone they think is interesting to keep the conversation lively and fresh. Want to make your party even more special? Use a free design site like canva.com to create invitations, identifying signs for your appetizer table and drink bar, or to make personalized menus.
5. Wine Paring is Key
What comes first? The menu or the wine? Wine and food should complement each other, so this is where special attention should be paid. Food and wine pairing guides are easy to find on the internet (we like this one). Depending on your access to seasonal foods, you might want to design your wine choice around your menu. However, if you are a confirmed wine lover and can’t wait to share your favorite wine with your friends, let your wine choices dictate the meal to come. Better yet, ask your guests to bring their favorite wine to share!
From all of us at Round Pond, we wish you a healthy and happy holiday season!