Whether we go out or opt out by hosting (or not) at home, we don’t like to let a year fade away with a whimper. So we sat down with Jared Reichert, our favorite NYC design and gatherings guru, to get his well-honed point of view on chic celebrations from the comforts of home.
Q: What’s one simple but effective tip that anyone can follow to raise the bar on hosting a New Year’s Toast?
BESPOKE BESPOKE BESPOKE! We all go to parties with themed cocktails or canapes. But very rarely do we get something with personality! You don’t have to dig deep. Serve or decorate with your heart. Because if you love it and are passionate about it, it will be perfect! Authenticity goes a long way in design. You can literally taste and feel it.
Q: Rule of thumb to style your home so it’s festive and fun but still chic (never crossing that delicate line to cheesy)?
Like Coco Chanel said, “before you leave the house, take one thing off.” The same thing can be said for festive decorating. My trick to keep it neat and chic is pick one colour that relates to the space but is still festive for the holidays. Play with different materials, textures and hues of that color and you’ll be set! A little sparkle never hurt anyone. But before it gets the A-OK, take one thing away. Only you will notice—but you’ve made the right decision!
Q: What about styling yourself—to make your own look stand out without looking like you’re trying too hard (since, after all, it’s a house party)?
When I entertain, I dress to complement the mood of the evening. For example, my top is usually inspired by the colours and textures on the tabletop. This way in photos, I look like I’m effortlessly coordinated with the event, without trying too hard. After all, I designed the affair so I may as well look like it!