At this point, your probably have the holiday party basics down: Overstock on ice, pick make-ahead dishes and don't let Aunty Sandy anywhere near the rum punch. Now it's time to upgrade your holiday hosting game with these ideas from hospitality experts at New York-based design firm AvroKO. In addition to operating six of their own restaurants in New York, Napa and Moscow, the team has executed dozens of of innovative restaurant concepts for heavy-hitting chefs like Mario Batali and Michael Mina, so they know what they're talking about. Here are some of their favorite tips and tricks for creating an unexpected, super stylish holiday shindig.
1. Get personal. Bottle your own cocktails ahead of time and mark your guests' names on each one. This way you don’t have to mix on the spot, so you can spend more time with guests (plus, they feel super special).
2. Don't ignore the bathroom. Project a loop of a classic holiday movie (like old-school, claymation Rudolph) from a laptop on the ceiling for a nostalgic surprise.