New Years Resolutions For The Socialite At Home

Dated: 01/07/2018

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The Eye

Notes on Style Design and Fine Living

Brittany Stewart


My favorite thought on entertaining was said by Joan Rivers. “You don’t enjoy entertaining! No one enjoys entertaining! You have people come to your house, and you show them your good china, and your silver, and your candles, and everything is just perfect. You make them just want to die of envy. That’s the joy you get from entertaining: watching people just tense up and walk out knowing they’ll never live like you do!”

Needless to say then, that as a Socialite you have the largest New Year’s resolution of all home owners; your New Year’s Resolution is to expect guests. Preparing for guests will always be a tiring goose chase of all the right stuff. The magic of the true Socialite is that he or she expects guests. In fact, the adept Socialite knows the feeling of elation from being appointed the chicest, most stylish person among your group will always feel better than the surprising relief of everything coming to together.   

If you are striving, however, to reach the hostess prominence of that which Joan Rivers, Ina Garten, Martha Stewart, or even Bree Van de Kamp have set before us, here are your New Year’s Resolutions. If Solitude rather than Socializing is more comforting, your New Year’s Resolutions are here.   

Find a Bar Cart

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Photo Credit: West Elm

Sculptural and artful, a bar cart is welcoming not just for its offerings, but for its design as well.  

Unexpectedly, Home Depot has a wonderful selection of chrome bar carts. 

Dress Your Island

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If you do not have the space for a bar cart, dress your kitchen island or designate a kitchen counter space for entertaining. Create a setting that is aesthetically pleasing and gives all your bar accouterments an assigned spot that makes it easy to wow and serve guests. You should know just buy glancing at your island or counter top, for example, what you need to replace at the ABC store or at the grocer for your guests.

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Top and Bottom: The Graduate, 1967

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For the most cinematographic kitchen spaces, look to Kris Jenner. If you are more nostalgic about design, look to Mrs. Robinson, as played by Anne Bancroft in The Graduate, 1967.

Select Barware

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For your bar cart or island, get the most attractive glassware and drinkware you can find. The glassware sets the tone for any casual and formal occasion and should reflect your signature style.

Add Nonalcoholic Options, Too

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Choose a selection of refreshing beverages for mocktails. The North Raleigh Fresh Market stocks a flavorful selection of Italian Sodas. 

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Stock Fun Sweets and Savories

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No cheese and wine. Unless requested by the guest of honor, be more creative than cheese and wine. For a selection of savories, offer an antipasto platter. For sweets, the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory has a fun selection of caramel apples, including pecan caramel apple. During a gathering, serve them sliced!

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Find a Statement Piece

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Photo Credit: Jonathan Adler 

No room is complete without a statement piece- a piece that commands attention and orchestrates the tone through notable scale or color, so be sure you have a statement piece before your next gathering.


Happy Hunting!

Thank you for reading my notes on style, design and fine living- I hope you enjoyed them! If you need any assistance or, would like to see inside a home, I am happy to help. Just call, text or email!

Brittany Stewart

New Client Coordinator

Swann Group Realty

(919) 421-1106

[email protected]

Tags: New Year’s Resolutions, Home Décor, Interior Design, Entertaining

Copyright 2017 Brittany Stewart All Rights Reserved


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