Nov 30 2018 0 Comments
Woohoo, the year is winding down, there are glittering lights decorating the trees, and enough mulled wine to make even the most opinionated uncle tolerable. That's right, it's holiday party season! The perfect time to party like it's 1999, and to eat as many sugar cookies as your stomach can handle. You don't have to commit to any New Year's resolutions--ahem detoxing from all that sugar and wine--until after the first of the year, so go out and get your fill while you still can! Here's our guide to look good, feel good, and do good this holiday season.
I know your inbox is probably overflowing with holiday party invites, (cause who sends snail mail anymore?) and you are probably feeling flustered because you have to find the perfect host/hostess gift for all ten of the parties you've already RSVP'd to. Well, fire up the glue gun, cause we've got some crafts you can do! Just kidding, here are a couple of options that require just about as much effort as you can muster. If you are at a level two on the effort scale, and the host isn't a close friend, try a non-specific gift, like a candle in a scent you know anyone would like. We recommend both Trapp and Voluspa, but we might be a tiny bit biased. If you still feel like you don't want to spend too much time, but you know the party thrower well, a bottle of their favorite alcohol is a surefire way to say thanks for the invite. Add a fun to-go wine bag, like the ones we have from Tote and Able, for extra points. Feeling a little bit more up to the task, a good book--coffee table, fiction, or non-fiction--is nice personal touch. If you know them well, insert a little note about why you believe they will enjoy the book. Who knows, maybe you'll start a holiday literary tradition. For all you A+ getting, craft making ladies who have your proverbial s%!* together, try filling up a festive jar with all the dry ingredients to your favorite cookie recipe, and attach a festive recipe card even the most baking challenged can understand. Maybe they'll even let you sample the goods after they bake them. Hopefully, at least one of these ideas works out for you, if not, when in doubt, always go with booze. It's the gift that keeps giving.
Now that you've responded to all your invitations, and gotten a suitable gift for the host, the biggest conundrum begins. What on earth are you going to wear? Luckily, most of the time your evite will tell you the theme or general dress code for the party. Here are a few tips to get it right, and maybe be the best dressed guest. Arguably, this is the only time of year you can be absolutely obnoxiously sparkly without anyone giving you the side eye. So, whether its glitter, rhinestones, sequins, or a combination of all three you have the seasonal permission to go for it. Best bet is to keep the dress in a classic shape, like an a-line or sheath, so all that spangle gets the focus. One wants to look holiday hot, not like a holiday mess. If it's an office holiday shindig maybe tone down the bling to just the accessories and opt for something in the classic holiday colors: red, green, navy, white, or gold. Of course a basic LBD livened up with some fabulous baubles is a safe and chic bet. I personally love a good ugly sweater party. You can find a lot of options out there, or get creative and make your own. It can be a fun way to spend an afternoon with a fellow invitee and a bottle of red. If the party is more of a low-key vibe, a cozy knit sweater over a skirt or paired with your favorite "nice" jeans is an easy outfit. Again, this is a good opportunity to accessorize like a boss. The weather is also going to be an important element to keep in mind. Even SoCal gets chilly at night these days, so put a coat on over any party outfit, and layer if you need to. You can find some cute patterned or metallic tights out there that will keep your legs warm and still look great with your ensemble. As long as you keep it festive and fun, whatever you wear will be fabulous, especially after a couple cups of spiked eggnog.
Honestly, the holiday season can be one of the most stressful times of the year, especially if you have a full social calendar. Sometimes it can feel like juggling those really cute plates you got on sale from Anthropologie while unicycling and playing jingle bells on a kazoo. The easiest way to keep the seasonal blues at bay is to not forget to take some "me" time. It's not selfish to take a night off every once in awhile. Have a holiday party for one at home with your favorite Christmas movies (I've heard Hallmark's got the holiday movie game cornered) and a mug of hot cocoa--alcoholic or otherwise. Don't forget to keep up with your vitamin regimen and to get a good night's sleep; you don't want to end up with the sniffles and have to miss out on all the fun! Remember the holidays are about being thankful and present. These parties are fun because you get to spend them with your favorite friends, family, and coworkers. Trust me, you'll feel much more merry if you try to keep yourself in the moment!
All of us at Angel Wings want to wish you a happy holiday and a wonderful New Year! We are so grateful for your continued support, and cannot wait to see what good fortune the new year brings!