‘Cause a party don’t stop… well, at least for the entire winter season, it seems. Whether you’re hosting or attending (or skipping out for a night of Netflix) there are must-haves for every holiday party.

From cookies, to drinks, to gifts for the hostess and dresses for yourself—the list is longer than the bathroom line after a few too many holiday cocktails. Take notes.

If you’re the hostess…

Farm & Fable

If you’re the hostess with the mostest entertainment (but with the leastest baking and bartending skills), you’ll find a savior in the form of this Boston shop. Attend a cooking or cocktail class in the culinary shop’s kitchen classroom, or go vintage with Farm & Fable’s impressive collection of kitchenwares—glass, aprons, or cookbooks filled with tried-and-true food recipes from the past. Your guests will be impressed and probably ask who catered. Little do they know… Just send them a holiday gift card and let them find out for themselves.


Sterling & Burke

For a holiday party you’ll never forget. Because you won’t be able to. Why? Your new Sterling & Burke guestbook. The Charing Cross Padded Guest Book is made with buffalo calf skin leather—of course, we are talking about the authority on all things leather here—and can be personalized with your initials or the name of the special event (or anything you want, really). Plus, each page includes the date, name of your guest, and address, so sending those ‘Thank You’ notes for the hostess gifts will be super easy… just make your way down the list.


If you’re the guest…

Olives & Grace

When you’ve got a holiday party hosted by a major foodie on your calendar, Olives & Grace is the place to go for a gift that’s a little more original than a bottle of wine (they’ll have plenty already, we’re sure). Get crafty and put together a cocktail gift basket—especially since you know they’ve been perfecting their skills. Toss (artfully and with care) the SHAKE Cocktail Recipe Book, the Cocktail Crate Craft Mixer, and a Mason Shaker in a pretty package and prepare yourself for some stellar drinks. Just make sure this party doesn’t turn into a holiday rager. Let loose and stay classy, folks.

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If you know the party you’re attending is definitely going to be catered and the host has probably never opened an oven in her life (there is no shame in this!), head to Boston’s less-foodie, more-homey South End shop, PATCH NYC for the perfect hostess gift or holiday gift card (if she’s picky). We love a decorative platter—like the Large Whale Platter (available in many animal sketch forms)—for the hostess who doesn’t consider the kitchen to be her favorite place in the world. It’s not like the platter will ever actually hold any food, but it will look really pretty in her kitchen or dining room… along with the appliances and furniture she purchased solely for style over function. Oh well, at least she throws a damn good party.


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