Holiday Party Tips: Good Life of Design

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Few people enjoy the process of design more than Kathysue from GOOD LIFE OF DESIGN. You will enjoy her blog and her enthusiasm - I find it infectious! Today she is sharing her tips on holiday entertaining.

Best Sources For Holiday Inspiration:
MARTHA STEWART for perfect decor

And, of course, EDDIE ROSS

Nobody has better recipes than INA GARTEN - perfect for Christmas Dinner





Favorite Holiday Cocktails

Sparkling Pear and Cranberry Cocktail RECIPE

Non-alcoholic drinks
A cranberry spritzer with cranberry juice and ginger ale with a squeeze of fresh lime and then put a wedge in the drink. Or add a sprig of rosemary. So festive!

Or Ghirardelli hot chocolate with whipped cream and a crushed candy cane on top.

Favorite Holiday Tunes for Entertaining
Chris Botti, James Taylor, and Diana Krall are Kathysue's favorites and HERE is her Christmas Playlist. 

Best Hostess Gift to Leave Under the Tree 
Monogrammed cocktail napkins from POTTERY BARN are the perfect gift. Who can’t use more cocktail napkins? They are a great quality and very reasonably priced.

Favorite Party You Attend
A party at a friend's house on the Delta. The home overlooks the river and the boats. The lights shining on the water are spectacular. It is a special evening with a delicious catered dinner enjoyed in the company of close friends. 

One of the boats decorated for the holidays that go right behind the house. 

Favorite Holiday Tradition in Your Home
Every year Kathysue gives her sons an ornament with a different theme. As a result, the tree is full of family memories.

Thank you for such great holiday cheer, Kathysue!


  1. GM Kate, Thank you so much for having me guest post on your beautiful blog. It so fun to see my post over here. I hope your readers enjoy reading it half as much as I enjoyed sending you the information. What a fun series and it is an honor to be in the line-up with fellow bloggers. Have a wonderful day and Merry, merry Christmas,

  2. Yeah, it's wonderful to see you feature my friend Kathysue and her Holiday Tips!!
    She is always full of the best advice!!
    I count her as one of my most precious bloggy treasures. Thanks for sharing her with the rest of your readers!!!
    I'm addicted to her blog too :)
    Merry Christmas Kate!

  3. Great post...Kathysue's enthusiasm really is infectious!:)

  4. Love each and every photo and suggestion!!! Kathysue....you just keep bringing us all your goodies. How I wish I could be a guest in your home. I know it's a treat for all who grace your doorstep.

    Merry, merry Christmas to you....and my darling, Kate!
    xoxo Elizabeth

  5. Kate,
    Beautiful post. I just visited Kathysue's blog earlier. Beautiful.
    I love to cook and entertain so I am adding your blog to my blog roll.
    Have a wonderful week filled with cheer.

  6. Wonderful post...always love Kathysue's excitement!!

  7. Kathysue - great suggestions - love them all! All recipes for a great holiday celebration!

  8. Fabulous post. Kathysue always inspires and educates. I am also totally addicted to her wonderful blog.
    Kate, thanks so much for sharing her on your blog.
    Merry Christmas.

  9. Hi Kate and Kathysue! What great suggestions, Kathysue! Of course, one of your parties would be perfection! Thanks so much for hosting, Kate! Merry Christmas to you both!...hugs...Debbie