Holiday Entertaining: Gifts, Decor and More
Celebrate the spirit of each season with this collection of holiday basics. Not sure where to start? Begin by coordinating your home's style to complement the time of year. Think everything from occasion-specific dinnerware and serveware to decor, linens and other accessories that make a seamless transition into everyday use. Read on to discover specific ideas for major holidays, as well as other widely-observed festivities.
Valentine's Day: whether celebrating with a significant other, getting together with friends or just doing your own thing, spread the love this February holiday. If you're hosting a dinner, consider a centerpiece that features traditional hues of red, pink and white. Or, take a more modern approach with shades of gold, silver and rose-gold instead. Either way, a vase filled with a bouquet of roses rounds out the look. Don't forget to add a patterned table runner with wine or champagne glasses on either side, too. Want to make Valentine's Day a family affair? Get the kids involved while baking sweet treats with heart-shaped cookie cutters.
Mother's Day: instead of focusing on decorating your home for this celebration, take the time to treat the special lady in your life to something she'll find to be both useful and stylish. Does she enjoy making homemade goodies for friends and family? Consider surprising her with a brand new non-stick cookware set that's also oven-, dishwasher- and microwave-safe. If she's the type who prefers decorating, find decor pieces that suit her style. Think picture frames and candles for the living room, or a statuette, centerpiece bowl and artwork for the foyer. Either way, going in on a group gift—sofas, bookcases and coffee tables included—with siblings is a good idea, too.
Father's Day: finally, summer is here and there's no better way to celebrate than by showing Dad how much you appreciate all he does. Help him kick off barbecue season with a few of the essentials—including grilling tool sets, durable barware and steak knives. For those who are still a kid at heart, consider getting them a popular game or activity instead. Think billiards in the man cave, or a bowling or bocce set for when his friends come over for happy hour. If he's recently discovered the art of making his own brew, set him up with a beer making kit, too.
Canada Day: celebrate this national holiday in classic red and white style. From the plates and napkins to the serving bowls, platters and other tabletop staples, this patriotic duo of colors ties your event together. Hosting a backyard picnic? Be sure to keep a variety of drinkware on hand for guests as they mingle before the fireworks. Think a collection of beer and cocktail glasses behind the home bar, and a set of everyday drinking glasses for younger attendees. Don't forget to fire up the grill, too, for hot dogs and burgers. For the final touch, put string lights on display for a subtle glow. What's even better: this setup also works for Labour Day.
Thanksgiving: fancy yourself a home chef? This is your day to shine. Before putting your culinary skills on display, be sure you have the necessary cookware on hand. Think pots, pans and roasters, as well as spatulas, wooden spoons and other utensils needed to prepare the feast. With the necessities squared away, it's time to set up your tablescape. To achieve a classic look, stick with tablecloths, runners and placemats in traditional autumnal shades of red, orange and brown. Or, go a completely different route with plates and bowls that feature a hint of gold or silver. No matter your style, on-theme candles and a cornucopia-inspired centerpiece tie the theme together.
Halloween: make your home the place to be for each witch, ghost and vampire in the neighbourhood. Love a spooky aesthetic? Be sure to incorporate skulls, skeletons and cauldrons into your tablescape. Think on-theme plates and serving bowls that are complemented by a coordinating table runner and cloth napkin set. If you'd rather take a more laid-back approach to this frightful day, consider creating a pumpkin-inspired display that features faux squash, zucchini and other gourds instead. No matter your style, be sure to infuse plenty of black and orange as well.
Hanukkah: rely on a classic hues of silver, blue and white to help brighten this winter holiday. When setting up for the Festival of Lights, consider using your silver menorah with ombre candlesticks. In the dining room, an azure-hued tablecloth sets the base for your tablescape, while dinnerware that features the Star of David helps round out the look. For additional versatility, consider the use of blue-rimmed salad and dinner plates as well. A dreidel-shaped ornament makes a statement whether used as a part of the table's centerpiece or hanging up.
Christmas: set the scene for St. Nick's arrival with an array of Christmas decorations. To keep your home reindeer-ready, adorn your outdoor spaces—the veranda and covered patio included—with wreaths and seasonal botanicals, such as faux poinsettias and mistletoe. Then, in the kitchen, prepare to make Santa's favorite snack with cookie cutters that resemble your favorite festive motifs. Think snowmen and snowflakes, as well as gingerbread men, ornaments and Christmas trees, too. When sitting down to eat, keep the table simple with shades of red and green, or spruce it up a bit with eye-catching place settings that feature designs in silver and gold.
New Year's Eve: ring in the new year with everything you need to celebrate well into the night. Go all out with tassels and garlands, then add some balloons and candles into the mix, too. As the final push to midnight nears, provide each guest with confetti poppers that send this year out with a bang.