Winter-tainment Party Guide

33 inspired products — plus 6 smart ideas — for hosting a fun gathering this season


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Perk Up with Pillows

Banish those pillows with spring and summer motifs, and bring on a big touch of winter in the way of the Loren deer pillow, $135, Neiman Marcus,Troy. With a feather/down fill, the 24-inch rustic adornments evoke instant cozy.  Comes in black and red.  — Tanya Zager Chisholm


Cart Blanche

Roll some practical-cool onto the party scene with the Warner Island, $4,619, Arhaus, Troy, Ann Arbor. Could be an instant prep space, a bar, or a kitchen island. Whatever it’s doing, form and function combine in its industrial look, which features solid oak, zinc, and iron. Curved glass doors allow you to store and display your favorite platters and servewear.


Let Your Inner Prep Out!

Have guests spending the night? Accessorize your spare bedroom with a Crocoknit throw from Lacoste Home, $95, metro-area Macy’s stores,


Tray Chic

Hands-down one of the best accessories for entertaining, a tray is both practical and pretty. Solid lacquer wood trays (square or rectangle), $29 to $59, West Elm, Birmingham

Expert Advice

Vintage Appeal

“My entertaining go-to is a rustic vintage fruit tray (with a handle), because it's festive and functional,” says Gretchen Diver, of Clarkston-based Cotton Bucket Design. “I have used it to display holiday decorations, to serve mugs of hot chocolate, to stack small-size gifts for guests, and more. I found mine at Around the Farm Antiques in Birch Run, but it’s also available at Rusty Relics in Clarkston (where Diver and a friend have a booth).”

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