Home & Style editor here! Does it seem that hostessing for the holidays has never been quite the same…and decorating has never started quite so soon? A researcher recently told Martha Stewart that putting up holiday decorations early has been shown to be a mood-booster—something we could all use with or without a pandemic, especially around the time that smoke alarm starts going off with two hours still to go on the turkey! And if we are decorating early (if it’s good enough for Martha, it’s good enough for me!), what feels more festive than tartan to signal the holiday season?
Whether you find yourself hostessing for just your immediate family or opening your back doors for an outdoor occasion this year, a few touches of tartan are the perfect way to get in the spirit…or, spirits, if you must! While it may not prevent the warring of your clan, in any case, don’t get mad… just get plaid. Here are some gifts, tips, and tricks, starting with the accessories collection we never knew we’d need…
In years past, you would have given anything to be able put a mask over the mouths of certain members of the family gathering! Who would have ever thought we would see the day?! I just ordered this one (for myself, of course! Call it my secret of hostessing success!).
The other secret of every hostess’ success: unbreakable hors d’oeuvres plates in a jolly Stewart Tartan.
A gorgeous cordless garland (!!!) that won’t trip anyone up! There are enough hazards in the world to fret over, no?
A 100% holiday-proof (read: dishwasher-safe, microwave-safe, oven-safe, husband-safe) plaid platter featuring the foxiest couple of the season.
Personalize-able plaid pajamas that make one of the warmest hostess gifts you can give, or buy matching for the whole family.
A MacLean cut-plaid crystal set of double-old fashioned glasses for sipping scotch.
Stunning stilettos that pair perfectly with a Royal Stewart (and are at the top of my wishlist!).
And a fabulous lip color for when you’re not wearing a mask.
More tartan inspiration below!