How To Host A Classy Christmas Party At Home
Heather & March Focus
With the holidays coming up, it's time to deck the halls (and your home) to welcome friends and family for the festive season. To make sure that you do it in style, we asked Wendy Siu, founder of Heather & March, to share her tips for entertaining over Christmas:
"It's always great to welcome guests with a nice wreath," says Wendy. If you are so inclined, create your own homemade wreath with bay leaves, pine cones, pine firs, twigs, mistletoe and holly.
If you prefer not to DIY, buy a fresh wreath and decorate it with holly, winterberries, and finish it with a big, beautiful ribbon.
2/10Picking a theme
This year's theme at Heather & March is 'Christmas En Blanc' which means 'Christmas in White'. Should you be inspired by the Scandinavian Christmas, Wendy recommends using cotton to decorate your Christmas tree, shrubs or wreath, or using white-coloured Christmas ornaments.
"They are usually available in the shapes of Christmas trees, winter animals, snow drops," she says.
3/10A warm glow
To up the cosy factor, light up white or silver candles to create a warm and magical ambiance. Twinkle lights and winter creatures such as polar bears, squirrels and deer also add to the magical Christmas fantasy scene.
"Using fresh flowers and plants will also add liveliness," says Wendy. Lay them on the table top in between the candles and glassware to add texture and visual interest to the setting.
Colours that go well with the Christmas En Blanc theme include silver and gold, which up the glitz factor. Other colours that work well are earth tones like olive and matte green.
6/10The right fabrics
"To avoid being too washed out or too rustic, opt for delicate fabrics with beautiful details and workmanship such as fine linen or cotton-linen mixes," says Wendy. When it comes to colours, stick to white with silver or gold embroidery, or use a layered runner in white with a slightly more earthy colour underneath.
Wendy suggests keeping the cutlery "as pure as possible", so silvery cutlery is best for a White Christmas themed party.
"Try cutlery made with silver and white semi-precious stone. Ivory, off-white or transparent cutlery will also work," she says. "Cutlery made with tiger eye semi-precious stone could also be considered if you'd like to add more colour to the mix."
8/10Classic red and green
Red and green are traditional Christmas colours, but to avoid the chance of looking cheesy, Wendy advises using high-quality tableware, linens and ornaments to keep things refined.
"Look for unusual or one-of-a-kind decorative items such as a music box, Christmas balls and fine ornaments. Even if they are in traditional colours, they can still look elegant," she says.
9/10Christmas hamper essentials
Everybody loves a hamper, and this year's theme at Heather & March is "Woodland Christmas." The hamper is full of festive items including the unique Christmas 2017 Collection Year Plate "Christmas Chalet” from Gien, Laurent Perrier champagne, a 2018 calendar tea towel, Gabriel Glas and goodies from Dalloyau.
Christmas is all about tradition, so why not display something with meaning like the "Christmas Chalet" collection year plate from Gien? This plate is a charming revival of a classic Christmas fantasy, featuring a starry winter’s night, the light of a shimmering moon, snow-capped roofs and the promise of a warm and enchanting Christmas reunion inside.
All products mentioned are available at the Heather & March flagship store, 216-218, Prince’s Building, 10 Chater Road, Central. For more aspirational decor ideas, follow Heather & March on Instagram and Facebook.
Styling by Wendy Siu; All photos taken by Moses Ng/Hong Kong Tatler. Special thanks to the Consul General of France.