How to Host a Holiday House Party Your Guests Won't Forget
By Marni Prichard Manko| December 4, 2015 |
Barbara King of Valley Forge Flowers shares her secrets for an unforgetable holiday house party.
Barbara King recommends using decorative lights, fragrant greens, and pops of color to create a festive holiday mood.
“The holidays are my favorite kind of celebration because they include cooking, family, and friends,” says Barbara King, QVC garden expert and owner of Valley Forge Flowers (Eagle Village Shops, 503 W. Lancaster Ave., Wayne, 610-687- 5566). Here she gives us her inside tips and tricks on how to make your home the perfect place to celebrate the season.
Get lit: “When I think of ‘festive,’ I always think ‘welcoming.’ Adding a few more spotlights to your entryway or battery-operated candles in hurricane lamps or lanterns at your front door creates a warm, welcoming feel for your home.”
The nose knows: “Scents of the season are soothing and create a holiday atmosphere. I love to add fresh herb sprigs to my arrangements—rosemary, mint, and verbena are a few of my favorites. And every December I’m certain to have fresh greens everywhere—like pine and balsam in containers, bud vases, and even on my mantel.”
Hot hues: “Don’t be afraid to add a new color to the holiday standards. If the palette is orange and brown, maybe add a pop of silver or bright gold. Red and green: What about pops of purple? Or simply play up the shades—a very bold, bright orange instead of an autumnal color.”