Holiday Party Decor with Colin Cowie

The Martha Stewart Show, December 2010

Event planner Colin Cowie has orchestrated elaborate parties for some of Hollywood's biggest stars, including Tom Cruise, Jennifer Lopez, and John Travolta. But it doesn't take an expert to create a fabulous entertaining space in your home with these simple tips.

  • Use colors that complement each other and attract the eye, like chocolate and chartreuse, throughout the room in varying materials and textures.
  • Flowers don't have to be expensive. One of Colin's favorite affordable finds: green spider mums.
  • Give your space a little sparkle with creatively incorporated glitter. Try adhering glittered fabric to a vase with double-sided tape; it's an easy way to dress up what you already have for the holidays.
  • Elevate garlands from the expected by embellishing them with ornaments and fresh flowers.
  • Savvy entertaining is resourceful entertaining. Take advantage of what gourmet grocery stores and retailers have to offer.


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