Holiday Hostess Secrets from Rachel Zoe

Guest Editor: Rachel Zoe, Stylist, Editor and Designer

I turned to the ultimate style maven, Rachel Zoe, for her advice on keeping things elegant and easy this holiday season, whether you’re entertaining at home or headed out to one of many special occasions! Let’s face it; Rachel knows how to throw (and dress for!) a chic party; just check out this photo from son Kaius Jagger’s recent second birthday! Read on for her time-saving entertaining tips and style secrets sure to get you through the season glamorously!Rachel Zoe header image

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From Rachel

It’s that time of year when your calendar is booked with every sort of holiday festivity. With everything from dinner parties and work events, to your own at-home holiday soirees, you’ll want to have an arsenal of outfits and entertainment tips to get you through the season! I’m sharing a little guidance to effortlessly looking your best and taking on the season with ease and confidence.

It’s no secret that every woman should have at least one little black dress in her closet. Personally, I think you should have at least 2 – one short and one long, so you can go for a little or a lot of glamour, depending on your mood and the event. I love these two options! The maxi dress gives you tons of drama with its double side slits, while the beaded collar mini is playful yet chic. Make your look last through the holiday season by swapping out your accessories for each event – a metallic pump and jewel tone clutch for one occasion, and statement ring and faux fur shrug for another.Rachel Zoe tablescape

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When hosting your own holiday fetè, impress your guests (and actually enjoy their company) by creating a menu that’s best served at room temperature. This way you won’t be stuck over the stove missing out on the glamorous evening that you’ve prepared for all of your friends! Joan’s on Third is my favorite gourmet market, and my go-to for beautiful appetizers (among other things).  Large wedges of cheese, rosemary crackers, assorted nuts and dried figs always make for an effortless, yet gorgeous, display of small bites that your guests will love.

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