Cocktail hour has always been my favorite stage of any dinner party. It’s a great time to catch up with friends and family, unwind a bit, and overindulge in hors d’oeuvres (admittedly my favorite course). To inspire your own holiday cocktail parties this year, we hosted our own little fête, complete with easy and elegant appetizers (to give you a break from the kitchen) and a soft, Scandinavian-inspired tablescape.
We teamed up with Los Angeles–based boutique catering company Urban Palate, who devised a mouthwatering menu of apple tart, beet dip, cornbread sausage stuffing cups, roast turkey sliders, maple rosemary pigs in a blanket, and wild mushroom flatbread. Not only are the appetizers easy to make, they’re also easy to serve—and eat! And their pops of red and pink looked gorgeous in our holiday setting.
Stylist Peter Dolkas dreamed up our picture-perfect tablescape. “I found inspiration in the way Scandinavians decorate for the holidays,” he tells us. “They have a knack for keeping it really simple, while still incorporating warm textures and interesting forms.” Instead of traditional reds and greens, Dolkas incorporated dusty rose pieces into his design. “I think it’s a wonderfully unexpected color for the holidays.”
Want to create the Scandinavian vibe of this tablescape in your home? Dolkas recommends shopping around your favorite stores to find pieces you really love, instead of buying everything from the same place. “And don’t forget to include vintage pieces and textiles,” he adds. “The more eclectic your setup, the better—as long as everything is in your color palette.”
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