january entertaining tips

Happy Monday, you guys. It's the second installment of my new entertaining series and I'm excited to give you some more ideas for throwing cute, easy get-togethers. 

For January, words that come to mind to describe parties are bubbly and cozy. Yes, you're still in mid-winter and want to host a cozy get-together to keep warm, but instead of heavy food, drinks, and decor, I think January should be all about keeping things effervescent. 

Here are my six tips for entertaining this month:

MAKE IT EASY: Provide cute to-go containers for leftovers.
I've been at so many parties where there is a ton of leftover food and the hostess encourages everyone to take some with them, but there's no good way to transport it. It'd be cute to provide some little, disposable to-go containers for your guests. It will depend on the type of food you're serving, but options include Mason jars, foldable cardboard boxes like the ones at Whole Foods hot bar, or Chinese-style takeout containers adorned with these cute custom, printable labels.

DRINK OF CHOICE: Winter Citrus Gimlet via Camille Styles
I love this cocktail from the Camille Styles entertaining book. Muddle 4 mint leaves in a shaker with 1 ounce of agave nectar and 2 ounces fresh-squeezed orange juice. Add 2 ounces of gin and fill cup with ice. Garnish with an orange slice and mint leaf.

HOSTESS GIFT: Old-Fashioned Candy
I think a super cute hostess gift idea, whether it be to bring to the hostess or to give out to your guests as the hostess, is a little bag of old-fashioned candy. It's simple, but special and adds a cozy, nostalgic touch to the party. You can find this kind of candy at a local general store or online.

DECOR STAPLE: Eucalyptus Branches
Eucalyptus is such a pretty element to add to a winter decor scene. You can buy branches of eucalyptus at very inexpensive prices from Trader Joe's and either use it as a table runner or to make cute place settings.

EASY APPETIZER: Chicago-Style Popcorn
Who doesn't love Chicago-style popcorn, right? Whenever you get a big tin, it's gone within days. The Kitchn has a recipe for a homemade version of what's sure to be a crowd-pleaser at your next gathering.

In keeping with the magical vibes of January I've mentioned before, style a look with winter whites and metallic silver details.