Winter-tainment Party Guide
33 inspired products — plus 6 smart ideas — for hosting a fun gathering this season
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Light the Way
Your guests enjoyed the meal you prepared and now, as they contentedly sip their coffees, a simple touch of your finger to Lutron’s GRAFIK T dimmer lowers the lights to the perfect level of warm ambience. The GRAFIK T faceplate is smooth, elegant, architecturally striking, and — with a variety of colors and finishes — it enhances any décor. The patented technology permits great energy-efficiency, and has the ability to be integrated into wireless and remote operating systems. $67-$249, lutron.com. — Honey Murray
Treat your powder room guests to a sensory hand-washing experience with Rosemary Mint or Pomegranate Acai-scented hand soaps from Essenza Luxury Hand Soaps. Beyond the scent (which features essential oils, shea butter, and aloe), the soaps add a cool pop of color to the bathroom. $4-$5, metro-area Bed Bath & Beyond stores, bedbathandbeyond.com.
A-round the House
Wreaths certainly add a touch of holiday and/or wintry warmth to a home. One of our favorites? The natural pinecone and faux antler wreath, $50 at metro-area Pier 1 stores, pier1.com.
Say it like you mean it with clever bronze nameplates and plaques from Rocky Mountain Hardwar (Please Remove Your Shoes, $121) and (Private drive, $379), Herald Wholesale, Troy, and Russell Hardware Co., Bloomfield Hills.
There’s no bloom that says “holiday” more than the amaryllis. Varieties range from the bright-red Red Lion or the snow-white Mont Blanc to the deep cranberry-red Benfica, starting at $13, metro-area English Gardens, englishgardens.com.
Go Bright and Shiny in the Ornament Department
Consider decking your halls with these vintage handblown beauties,$12-$32, Restoration Hardware, Troy. — Tanya Zager Chisholm
Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming
“I set out an arrangement from Blossoms,” says realtor Ginny Fisher, of Hall & Hunter Realtors in Birmingham. “I still have one of their beautiful containers (red metal) that I continue to use. The fresh arrangement may be for the sideboard, the dining table, or the living room.”