Warm + Welcome: Winter Entertaining

Warm + Welcome: Winter Entertaining

November 20, 2013

While summer is definitely the more social season for us (we love a good patio party!), there’s a lot to be said for Winter gatherings. The sun may set earlier, but that’s no excuse to hibernate for the entire season! It doesn’t take much to create a warm and inviting atmosphere and you’d be surprised who the mere mention of a good cocktail will coax out of hiding! Here are some friendly spaces & delicious treats perfect for your next get-together:

Birch + Bird: Mini Pumpkin Pies by A Beautiful Mess. Photo by Janae Hardy.A Beautiful Mess. Photo by Janae Hardy.

Instead of scrambling to hide all of your food prep and kitchen utensils, why not style them into a simple vignette? They’ll be on hand to top up appie platters and make it much easier for guests to help out too. Logs on the fire and comfy seating (floor cushions are a great addition for small spaces) are perfect for fireside chats.

Birch + Bird: Brooklyn apartment on Design*Sponge. Photo by Maxwell Thielman.Design*Sponge. Photo by Maxwell Thielman.

Birch + Bird: Jennifer Chung PhotographyJennifer Chung Photography

Birch + Bird: Bourbon & Maple Apple Cider by FreutcakeFreutcake

Birch + Bird: Holiday table by Apartment 34Apartment 34

Birch + Bird: Scandinavian Christmas on FeminaFemina via Anya Adores

I’m all about keeping it simple these days. A welcome cocktail is a nice touch (Prosecco with a splash of Cassis + rosemary is my fave) before uncorking the wine. I usually make a couple of appetizers and variety of cheese, crackers, nuts + fruit to keep guests nibbling throughout the evening. Fresh evergreen sprigs and metallic ornaments are an easy way to bring a festive touch. What are your entertaining tips + tricks? I’d love to hear!

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