When it comes to holiday decor, branch out. Here, golden garlands and globe ornaments deck the walls, adding twinkly glamour to a spread of big-batch cocktails and festive finger foods.
Think Beyond the Tree
Drape garlands from picture frames, sconces, or, as in this home, antlers, adding a few shiny ornaments for impact. Evergreen cuttings in a pretty vessel (we used a copper ice bucket) stand in for flowers.
Mix It Up
A choice of several cocktails, some of which can be prepared in advance and served in pitchers, carafes, and punch bowls, feels more special than the usual lineup of liquor bottles and mixers. It can also be more economical than stocking a full bar.
Crab Salad with Avocado and Tostones
Queso Fundido with Chorizo
Fennel-Crusted Lamb on Toast
Cel-Ray and Sherry
Gibsons with Blood-Orange Cocktail Onions