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A Sparkling Winter Cocktail Party

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.

The Look

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.

Get the dazzling gold decor here.

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
Wild-Mushroom Pizza
Fennel-Crusted Lamb on Toast
Coconut Eggnog
Tequila Punch
Brandy Punch
Cel-Ray and Sherry
Gibsons with Blood-Orange Cocktail Onions

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