Metro Mama & Metro Baby

By Patricia Wersinger

If you’re discouraged by the thought of throwing a house party this holiday season for lack of inspiration, time, or money, think twice about it. A few details here and there can go a long way to create a special atmosphere without having a home makeover. Add a twig of mistletoe above the door, freshly cut, aromatic pine branches by the windowsills, holly and magnolia branches on the table, and create mysterious effects with lights and fragrance by placing pungent scented candles in strategic spots. You can also fill an old fishbowl with water and float candles on the water. Serve warm red wine with plenty of spices, fill little bowls with berries and nuts, bake some old-fashioned cookies and let the guests arrive.

Votivo has an amazing collection of Holiday Candles; their punchy pine aromas mixed with cedar bark fills the room with the nostalgic scents of Christmas. Authentic scents like Christmas Sage, Ice Blue Pine, Winter Solstice, Joie de Noel will bring the intimacy of the mysterious woods into your home. http://www.votivo.com

If pine scents are not your thing, try these scent diffusers with a decorative authentic apothecary jar and nine river reeds to disperse the scent. Fragrances include Coral, Fern, Petal, White Flower, Meringue, Stem and Seasonal Reindeer. The New Simpatico Collection by award-winning designer Kelley Hall Barr will infuse old world charm to your home and welcome your guests.

Available at http://www.anthropologie.com

You will want a pair of these Fifth Avenue dishwashing Hostess Gloves to look like the perfect hostess when you entertain your guests. Looking glam in the kitchen while cleaning a few plates or rinsing wine glasses is a breeze with these stylish, haute-couture gloves. Chose between different styles such as Beauty Queen, Uptown Girl, Diamonds, On the Wild Side, Pretty in Pink and more at http://www.royalaccessories.com

Before the guests arrive, don’t waste time and money going to a spa. All you need is one of the new masks by myfaceworks. Made of material cut in the shape of a face and soaked in different nutrients and ingredients, these masks brighten the skin, reduce redness and increase resilience in 15 minutes with no mess left behind. Choose between Non-Woven, Silk and Bio-Cellulose to look fresh and energized before the party.

Available at http://www.myfaceworks.com

If you like bracing temperatures, and plan to offer a Jacuzzi bath outdoors for your guests, add a touch of extravagance to the fun by pampering them with the wine flavored Cabernet Bath Collection by Bath Nation that includes a Cabernet Bath Rub, a Cabernet Crush Bath Gelée and a Cabernet Crush Red Wine and Silk Skin Conditioner. The antioxidants in wine are well lauded. Bath Nation only uses organic ingredients with no parabens, no phtalates and no dyes. Your guests can splash themselves risk-free, and in sync with the true holiday spirit.

Available at http://www.bathnation.com

No party is adequate without a coffee machine brewing fresh coffee. But regular coffee machines don’t deliver quick Cappuccinos, Caffé Americanos, Caffé Lungos, Vanilla Latte Macchiatos, Expressos or velvety Chococinos like the new Nescafe Dolce Gusto Coffee Single Serve Coffee System. A sleek, coffee -house caliber machine, it uses single capsules to make it easy at a party to satisfy everyone’s secret coffee dream. Just insert the capsules, wait 2 minutes, and a smooth, gourmet cup of coffee comparable to any in the finest coffee houses is yours.

Available at http://www.dolce-gusto.us and http://www.amazon.com

I’m sure now you’re convinced that you don’t need to make drastic changes in your home to flavor your event with charm and make it fun and memorable. Scents, light, a few touches of glamour and surprise- and your home is refreshed and inviting for a great evening with your friends.

Originally published December 2010
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