Holiday parties just got more exciting! Reese Witherspoon's powerhouse lifestyle brand Draper James launched a collection with Instagramable party goods company Coterie, and we couldn't be more thrilled. Available from Coterie and Draper James, as well as at Draper James retail locations (in case you want to see them IRL), this entire collection will elevate a party faster than a bubble-filled glass of champagne.
Linden Ellis and Sara Raffa, the cofounders of Coterie tell MyDomaine, "This set is the perfect collection to round out our partnership with Draper James. Inspired by Draper James' iconic plaid print, this collection evokes the holiday season's cheer and festiveness. It's refined but joyful and is sure to dazzle your guests at any gathering."
If you're feeling a little overwhelmed about decorating your entire space for a holiday party, start with a specific area (like the dining table) and work your way out.
Head of Design for Draper James, Katheryn Sukey, is especially mad for plaid this season. "I love designing with the Coterie team, and together we have made sure that the Draper James x Coterie collection is truly an extension of everything you love from our Holiday line," she shares with us. Here are some great tips on how to make your holiday gathering Reese-approved!
Use Place Cards to Your Advantage
It’s the chic touches that make a party special, and place cards are a fun, festive way to introduce guests who might not know each other but should. Plus, guests will spend most of their time at the table, so why not make it as gorgeous as possible?
And while you may not be able to entirely prevent some of your family members or friends from having yet another political argument this year, putting their place cards on opposite sides of the dinner table is the best everyone can hope for.
Don’t Forget Gifts
Ellis and Raffa suggest surprising guests with unique touches like an ornament place setting that they can take home. You can also have a grab bag or White Elephant exchange.
Create a Self-Serve Cocktail Station
Elis and Raffa suggest pre-garnishing glasses before guests arrive with tart citrus or sprigs of herbs such as rosemary, especially with those plaid cups. “It looks beautiful, kicks up the flavor of your drinks and adds a beautiful aroma to the room," Raffa adds.
Set up a Photo Booth
Draping some holiday tinsel or pine in an empty corner or near a tree is a great way to set up a photo booth. "Just add cute photo props and a polaroid camera. Your guests will love sharing all the photos from the evening," Elis explains.
You can also tape holiday décor like the Let It Snow banner or twinkle string lights to the wall to create a photo area, especially if you are short on square footage or don't have a tree. Then set up a tripod so guests can use their phones to take photos.