ATMOSTPHERE WITH ATTITUDE

Having attitude simply means expressing who you are, the host of the party, through the food you serve, the décor you create, the drinks you serve and even those you choose to entertain. In other words, put your unique stamp on any celebration you hold and your friends will love it...just as they love you!

BRINGING YOUR FAVORITE COCKTAIL MIX

Instead of guests supplying a dish to pass for a potluck, have them bring all the fixings for their favorite cocktail. You provide appropriate stations where each one can make his or her drink to serve to others…something that makes for great diversity in your guests’ drink options!

CRUST DESSERT PAIRINGS

CRUST Bakery in Fenton creates a decadent PB & J Cheesecake, which is filled with house-made American berry jam, topped with a fluffy peanut butter cream and jam and finished with fresh blueberries and strawberries. Perfect for pairing with a coffee bar or the end to any meal. www.crustandbeyond.com 

DECEMBER ENGAGEMENT PARTY

What a wonderful time to throw a celebration fit for a future bride and groom! Your fête will allow the guests of honor to begin making lasting memories, so go all out with a bountiful brunch characterized by small bites for maximum effect, or entertain all attendees with a traditional pairing of caviar and champagne at an afternoon soiree.

ELEGANT EVENING SOIREE

Go all out with a sit-down dinner using fine china, fresh centerpieces, elegant holiday decorations and candlelight to inspire guests in this season of celebration and plenty! Visit Gerych's Flowers & Gifts in Fenton for a large selection of unique dishware, table decor and fresh flowers to add elegance to any table setting. www.gerychsflowers.com

FESTIVE FOOD FARE

Mini appetizers from around the world create a unique food spread.

GINGERBREAD GALORE

Have a gingerbread house party where guests come prepared to construct their best version of this traditional holiday symbol! Or have a gingerbread cookie decorating contest. Just the aroma issuing from your kitchen on behalf of this activity will be marvelous.

HARVESTING THE BOUNTY ON THANKSGIVING

Create a memorable Thanksgiving by providing family and friends a bountiful display of all that nature has to offer at harvest time. From turkeys and dressing to an array of delicious vegetables, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, and finally, all those wonderful pies… leaving the aroma of apples, pumpkin, pecans and mincemeat lingering in the air long after all appetites have been properly sated.

ILLUMINATION FOR EFFECT

Illumination, at a holiday party, should be magical, in and of itself ...so turn off all those harsh overhead lights and set the stage for your social gathering by using indirect lighting or, better yet, concentrate on a selection of elegant and well-placed candles to create ambiance. Combined with holiday lights, candlelight will lend a sense of enchantment.

JEWELS & GEMS AS CENTERPIECES

Creating centerpieces and strategically placed vases with fresh flowers and greens can make a space seem elegant and enchanted. Using jeweltone vases adds to the beauty of the arrangement and serves to duplicate the vibrant colors of the other holiday decorations. Vases available at gerychsflowers.com.

KARAOKE HOLIDAY PARTY

If you and your friends love karaoke, host a party wherein singing is the focus of the entertainment! While enjoying all the festive food and drink, who knows, you might even persuade your guests to join in with holiday songs. This might encourage even the most reluctant of attendees to participate in a little modern-day caroling.

LAYERING YOUR JEWELRY

Learn more about layering your jewelry in our article "Layering and Stacking".

MASQUERADE PARTY

Guests can come as a favorite character from history, a film, a novel or even pop culture fame. Costumes should be recognizable so that all who attend have a chance to guess whom each guest is portraying. The big reveal can come at midnight or shortly thereafter.

NUTCRACKER “SWEET” PARTY

Using the nutcracker theme to host a party based on the sweets mentioned in the famous Christmas tale will give your party a flair that is sure to captivate. Add some of your own ideas of delectable delicacies to the menu, recreate some artifacts and representations from the ballet and be sure to have Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker Suite” on your playlist. Serve various wines, eggnogs and flavored liquors to complete the picture.

OUTSTANDING OUTFITS

Dress up or dress down, but all that really matters is that you feel fantastic in what you choose to wear. Sometimes you don't need anything new to wear, just a new accessory! www.medawars.com

PEARLS & POLISHED STYLE

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QUALITY VS QUANTITY: LESS IS MORE

Each and every party should be conceived of and planned with the notion of quality rather than quantity in mind. Similarly, décor and decorations used effectively and with some restraint can outclass a profusion of ornaments, bows and twinkling lights ensuring that nothing special stands out. The same is true of libation, so stick to 2-3 well chosen drinks to offer guests along with wines of red and white or a nice craft beer.

REJUVINATE YOUR SKIN

Enjoy a healthy holiday glow on your skin with a little help from Rejuv Ave Skin Spa. Let their experts perform a VISIA skin complexion analysis. The result will be the perfect plan tailored just for your skin care needs, just in time for all your holiday events. Learn more at www.rejuvave.com.

SERENDIPTY WELLNESS SPAS

Enjoy a relaxing massage before your party to ensure you are feeling your best. Or invite the girls to a pedicure & wine party and let the team members at Serendipity Wellness Spas of Linden and Frankenmuth do the rest! Learn more at www.serendipitydayspas.com.

TIERED NECKLACES

Learn more about layering your jewelry in our article "Layering and Stacking".

UNEXPECTED SURPRISES

A great time to surprise someone with a proposal might be when all their family and friends are gathered together to celebrate for the holidays!

VOLUNTEER OR HOST A BENEFIT

Host a party where guests come prepared to give of themselves – of their time and, perhaps, their money so that others can feel some of the holiday spirit. Have your guests bring toys for children, provide food to put in baskets or fill packages to be sent to servicemen and women stationed overseas.

WINTER WONDERLAND X-TRAVAGANZA

Host the ultimate white party with your closest friends, tasty cocktails and declicious light bites! Keep the decor simple, and of course, all white!

YOU CAN REFUEL

Be sure to enjoy the holidays and take time to refuel your body and your mind with a stop by Vibe Well in Fenton. They have a meditation studio and also serve organic cold-pressed juices, acai bowls and smoothies. Learn more at vibewell.com.

WILD LIGHTS AT THE DETROIT ZOO

For an amazing outing with family and friends, the Detroit Zoo will not disapoint this holiday season. Their Wild Lights, a spectacular light display, begins November 17 and runs through December 31. For ticket information, visit www.detroitzoo.org.