Holiday parties are about to get more exciting, y’all! Reese Witherspoon’s powerhouse lifestyle brand Draper James just launched a new collection with Instagramable party goods company Coterie. And we couldn’t be more thrilled.
Let’s get real. Decorating for a festive holiday gathering can feel less than celebratory. If you’re entertaining a large group of people, using disposable dishes, utensils, and serveware is inevitable because most of us just don’t have enough place settings (raising my hand). And those plain paper plates and cups you find at the supermarket aren’t just ugly, they’re a total buzzkill.
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. This isn’t the first time these brands have collaborated. This summer’s Magnolia print collection was more inviting than a southern glass of sweet tea.
The design for the holiday collection is a classic red and blue tartan plaid. Everything you need for your table and to throw an unforgettable party is available, including two types of plates, serving trays, cups, cocktail napkins, flatware, straws, and more. You can purchase each item a la carte or in bulk for an extra fabulous party of ten.
Linden Ellis and Sara Raffa, who are 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 cheer and festiveness of the holiday season. It’s refined but joyful and is sure to dazzle your guests at any gathering.”
But the party doesn’t stop with plates. This collaboration takes it up a notch with sophisticated place cards, straws, cupcake toppers, and a fun banner, giving you everything you need to elevate your table, especially for photo opps.
Inspired by Draper James’ iconic plaid print, this collection evokes the cheer and festiveness of the holiday season. It’s refined but joyful and is sure to dazzle your guests at any gathering.
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 truly make a party special. Place cards are a fun, festive way to introduce guests who might not know each other but should (think mistletoe but just a little more subtle).
And while you can’t prevent Cousin Krista and Aunt Betty from having yet another political argument this year (don’t even try), 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.
Create A Self-Serve Cocktail Station
Mix up a pitcher of drinks or leave out bottles for guests to make their own cocktail creations. Be sure to offer non-alcoholic options for those who don’t drink or are the designated drivers. Spindrift or La Croix with grapefruit bitters tastes like magic.
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.”
Set Up A Photo Booth
Ellis and Raffa share that 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.”
You can also tape holiday décor such as 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.