Cocktail Culture


Shine Bright Like a Diamond

Photographs by Sabin Orr

Photograph by Sabin Orr

Whether you’re having a cocktail party in your suite or in your home, here are tips to make your party sparkle.

They say “What happens in Vegas… stays in Vegas!” but not necessarily when you’re entertaining. We enlisted celebrity party planner Wade Williams, owner of Picnic Catering & Events in Los Angeles and New York City, to create a stunning, custom cocktail party for us.

Diamond Decor
Let’s be honest, your home will be overflowing with friends and family for months. People often make the mistake of thinking that a holiday is only one day when it’s actually three months of parties and dinners. If you’re entertaining at home, make sure your holiday décor reflects a theme. Unwrap and dust off your fine china and glassware, iron the linen napkins and tablecloths, and break out your silver and heirloom serving pieces. Atmosphere counts.

Photographs by Sabin Orr

Photograph by Sabin Orr

Silver and Gold
As an alternative to the traditional blue, red and green, try gold and silver. Small pops of gemstone colors such as ruby, sapphire and emerald will add elegance and richness to your décor.

The more over-the-top, the better. Visit your favorite fabric store to add bright or glittery elements to your table. Use rich velvet, sheer organza or taffeta as a palate to set the tone for your centerpieces and ornamental accents.

Natural Elements
Simple touches such as flocking branches and spray-painting pinecones in gold or silver tones will make your floral centerpiece eye-catching.

Be Bold
Your friends get invites to dozens of cocktail parties. Make sure your invitation stands out. Everyone wants to feel like a VIP—and you can set the tone as soon as they open the envelope. Create an invitation that makes your party one not to be missed.

Subtle Surprises
Keep your menu simple. If you usually prepare large amounts of food, scale down and serve bite-size appetizers. If you do serve a full meal, create custom menu cards and place them at each table setting.