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Between office parties, family festivities and holiday gatherings, it may seem like there’s celebration around every corner this season. Whether you’re a guest or a host, the main goal is to attend an unforgettable bash.

Kim Etheridge, founder of the local party supply store, Emerson Sloan, also known as the “Queen of Festive and fabulous fêtes” shares wonderful tips on how to entertain a successful soiree.

Don’t Be A Grinch

When attending a party, Etheridge advises to bring your host or hostess a gift. “I never show up to a party empty handed,” Etheridge tells Houstonia. “Although it doesn't have to be huge, a small token of appreciation goes a long way. You can bring a bottle of wine or a homemade snack.” She also mentions that party favors are a great way in exceeding the experience. “When you are playing host, everyone wants a party favor! Include something fun like a popper, ornaments or candy.”

                                                           Festive Over Fancy

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As you’re browsing the aisles upon aisles of decor, Ethridge says things don’t have to be stuffy to be pretty. “Paper goods like plates and table runners can bring your party to life and make cleanup easier,” she says.  “Balloon garlands are a fun way to make a splash at your gathering, and provide the perfect photo opp.”

Bountiful Bouquets

The holidays are the ideal time to bring out vibrant flora that matches the season. Whether you opt for roses or poinsettias, flower bouquets will take your tables from mundane to marvelous. “Floral arrangements help elevate any table scape and bring a fresh element to your gathering,” Ethridge says.

Making Spirits Bright

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A holiday party isn’t festive without the drinks. To “make spirits bright” Etheridge suggests custom cocktails, cheese boards and fun snacks for guests to enjoy. “Every year I host a Christmas brunch and I take a mimosa and add frozen cranberries to make it festive,” Etheridge details. “I also make a ginger hibiscus spritz with a splash of vodka and bake a delicious sausage cheddar biscuit as snacks.”

Shop Till You Drop

Etheridge also advises to shop local for the holidays. With Christmas being a week away, you may be seeking last minute gifts for co-workers, neighbors or that one uncle that slipped your mind. 

“With shipping delays this year, it may be best to shop in-store and local to ensure they have gifts under the tree for loved ones. Emerson Sloan has a wide variety of gifts stocked and ready to go - from candles and cookbooks to bath bombs and toys for little ones,” Etheridge says. 

For more information on Emerson Sloan visit online and in-store located at 2438 Rice Boulevard. 

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