Tis the Season: 10 Holiday Party Ideas

From Cocktails to Dinner

The weather’s getting colder, the days are getting shorter, and we’re quickly approaching the winter holidays.  The magic of the season brings friends, family, and colleagues from all corners of the globe to celebrate another wonderful year together.  Whether you’re planning a company cocktail party for 1000 or a family dinner for 10, here are some ideas and inspiration to get you in the holiday state of mind.  (P.S. If you need a few winter-inspired cocktail recipes to toast to an event-well-planned, we've got you covered on those, too.

Cocktail Party Inspiration

One of the most popular ways to entertain during the holiday season, cocktail parties bring crowds both large and small together to mix and mingle over great drinks, small bites, and good music.  Even if you opt out of a formal seated dinner, there are many ways to create a festive feel.

Velveteen Dream

Lush, luxe Velveteen linens are a classic choice for the cold holiday season, with their rich texture and unique way of reflecting the light.  Our newly expanded collection is now available in six luxe colors, giving you a wide variety of ways to incorporate the fabric into your designs.


Holiday Dining Styles

Onto one of the major reasons we love holiday parties:  amazing food.  There are many different ways to serve your guests, depending on your menu, guest count, budget, and personal preferences, but two styles we tend to see often during the holiday season are Buffet-Style and, more recently, Family-Style.  The social nature of both styles is perfect for encouraging mingling and creating memories.


Buffet-style dining is a classic serving style for holiday parties, but just because it’s a traditional option, doesn’t mean it has to be boring!  Mix it up with a textured linen, like our Dolce Crush style, or a unique chinaware pattern to dazzle and delight.




Guests gathering around the table, chatting with neighbors as they pass around bowls and platters of delicious food is a quintessential holiday scene.  Family-style dining is more popular than ever, and it really lends itself to holiday dining.  Check out our ultimate guide to Family Style for tips, tricks, and suggestions for planning the perfect meal.


Holiday Dinner Looks

Sparkle, shine, and rich, vibrant tones are design favorites for the holiday season.  Whether you prefer rustic or traditional, ornate or modern, here’s some design inspiration for any occasion.

Metallic Gold Mix & Match

A unique combination of gold and white chinaware patterns, gold accents, and a textured bronze table runner make a holiday design that shines.  The mix of metallics are especially perfect for New Year’s celebrations — just add bubbly!


Mad for Plaid

Elevate a traditional plaid linen with ornate gold accents for a fresh take on a classic holiday design.



Rustic Chic with Metallic Accents

Bring the outdoors into your holiday party with our new rustic country table, matte chinaware, textured metals, and seasonal foliage.  Check print napkins give a nod to comfy winter flannel.


Simply Red

The bold, textured Red Print Premium linen combined with scalloped Whisper chinaware, gold printed Confetti Cocktail Plate, and textured Carnegie Hill flatware makes for a holiday look that’s both whimsical and refined.


Play with Patterns

Our Chevron Noir Prints a neutral-yet-bold geometric print that is the perfect backdrop for any holiday design.  We paired this look with a rich Bordeaux Shantung napkin, but you can use any pop of color that fits your vision.


Ready to get into the holiday spirit?  Contact our Event Rental Specialists to start planning your event!