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Savannah Magazine: It’s Time To Fête The Holidays!

A Party in Three Acts 

A Rebecca Gardner Production 

Styled by Kyle Hinton | Photography by Chia Chong 

Act 1: Cocktails

Rosemary cashews and Castelvetrano olives, Smith Brothers Butcher Shop; punch bowl and cups, Seventh Heaven Antiques; embroidered linen cocktail napkins, Number Four Eleven; bar tools, Jack Rudy Cocktail Co. bourbon cherries and aromatic bitters and Verdant Kitchen candied ginger pecans, PW Short General Store; cheese straws, Whole Foods Market; smoked trout, Russo Seafood

Act 2: Dinner

A. & G. Fantino ‘Rosso dei Dardi’ 2015, Le Chai Galerie du Vin; challah rolls, Gottlieb’s Bakery; sterling silver wine coaster, basket, footed bowl and candlesticks, and enamel placecard holders and fruit knives, Seventh Heaven Antiques; Murano glass tumbler and goblet, Ginori dinner plates, marbled paper party crackers and bamboo flatware, exclusive to Sugarplum Pop-Up

Act 3: Dessert

Louis Sherry chocolates, The Paris Market and Brocante; Domaine du Viking Vouvray Brut NV, Le Chai Galerie du Vin; Trish Andersen party crowns and Ginori dessert plate,exclusive to Sugarplum Pop-Up; vintage Tiffany sterling silver flatware and Repousse sterling silver dessert server, Seventh Heaven Antiques; sweet potato pie, Back in the Day Bakery

Where to buy

Back in the Day Bakery: 2403 Bull St., 912.495.9292
Gottlieb’s Bakery: 1100 Eisenhower Drive, suite 28, 912.777.5133
Le Chai Galerie du Vin: 15 E. Park Ave., 912.713.2229
Number Four Eleven: 411 Whitaker St., 912.443.0065
The Paris Market and Brocante: 36 W. Broughton St., 912.232.1500
PW Short General Store: 414 Whitaker St.,912.349.6378
Russo Seafood: 201 E. 40th St., 912. 234.5196
Seventh Heaven Antiques: 3104 Skidaway Road, 912.355.0835
Smith Brothers Butcher Shop: 535 E Liberty St., 912.239.4512
Whole Foods Market: 1815 E Victory Drive, 912.358.5829

Tips for Entertaining at Home

By Rebecca Gardner, House & Parties

  • You can go on and on with your table setting, but the three most important elements of a successful dinner party are flattering light, heavy pours and the guest list. Always add someone new. The best parties in Savannah include an unexpected mix of people.
  • When your guests arrive, offer something strong, like a bourbon cocktail served in an old-fashioned punch bowl. It looks pretty, and after a few sips, you have a better chance of the evening ending in a sing-along.
  • Make your guests feel attractive by opting for loads of candlelight or soft pink lightbulbs. Harsh overhead lighting should be avoided like the plague.
  • Keep the menu simple. Everyone prefers comfort food to foam and engineered hors d’oeuvres. Smith Brothers Butcher Shop has perfected a beef tenderloin, and no one wants anything more than a Back In The Day Bakery pie or a chocolate chip cookie (or two).
  • Unexpected elements make the evening memorable. Propose a parlor game and prepare with props, stick spoons in pints of Leopold’s ice cream and serve on a silver tray, or just pull back the furniture and play Outkast.
  • Your party will be a screaming blast if you’re a screaming blast, so pass out canapés and compliments with equal enthusiasm.

Rebecca Gardner is the founder and creative director of Houses & Parties, a full-service event and interiors design collective in Savannah and New York City. She has been named a top event designer by Southern Living, Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue, and her work has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Architectural Digest, Town & Country and Vogue. Visit her Sugarplum Pop-Up at rebecca-gardner.com or at the St. Regis New York, beginning Nov. 24.