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Marissa Hermer’s Holiday Hostess Tips

Marissa Hermer’s Holiday Hostess Tips

It’s not always easy being a good hostess. Instead, use your opportunity to be a hostess that brings people together, and always throws a good party.

These tips are brought to us by Marissa Hermer, who currently stars on Bravo’s hit series, Ladies of London. She’s shared with us her secret tips on being a good hostess for this holiday season

Guest Gifts

I like to invite a circus of friends, mix it up a bit, and introduce new friends to old friends. It is such a joy to meet someone new, fun, and fabulous at a dinner party, so I try to give this gift to my guests.

Lots of Booze

I always like to have a special cocktail of the evening -- something irresistible and strong to loosen up my guests. My Thanksgiving Cocktail is cozy and lethal. No one will complain about having too much to drink (until the next morning of course)!

Put ‘Em to Work

My friends often come into the kitchen to ask if there is anything they can do to help, and rather than turning them away, I give them something to do. I think it makes for a more casual cozy home-away-from-home atmosphere if everyone gets involved in the party -- even if it is simply asking a friend to pour wine into half-full wine glasses.

Surprises

Always keep a few small chairs/stools that you can pull up to the table for the surprise guest, or the guest you forgot you invited. This has happened to me on a few occasions, and I’ve learned my lesson! It is important that everyone feels welcome -- even if you didn’t know they were coming -- so tuck away a few extra place settings as well and voila. Of course you are thrilled they joined!

Toast

There is usually a reason for a dinner party, and I like to celebrate whatever the reason is with a short toast. But it is always useful to spend five minutes prior to the dinner thinking about what you are going to say, so you can keep it short and sweet.

Additional reporting by Courtney Nachlas


What do you love most about Christmas?

I adore the lazy mornings in pyjamas, afternoon games of UNO and Candyland, and evenings filled with family and food.

What are your plans this year?

We will be in Mexico for the run-up to Christmas, and then we will be enjoying our first Christmas Day in LA, where we relocated to earlier this year.

Where do you shop for your children’s Christmas presents?

We’re still in the UK a lot, so I love visiting Rachel Riley for the children’s outfits and pyjamas, the Natural History Museum always has interesting educational toys, and online store Orchard Toys has great games.

And for your food, tree and decorations?

Now we’re in LA, I’ll be decorating our tree with childhood tree decorations that have been stored at my mum’s house for the last decade. And though we will probably get our produce from Brentwood Farmers’ Market, we will, of course, be ordering our traditional Fortnum & Mason hamper with all my favourite British goodies.

Will you be over in London at some point during the festive period?

We’re in London in early December, so are excited to celebrate the holidays with friends and family. We’ve booked our tickets for Christmas at Kew Gardens, a matinee performance of The Snowman at Sadler’s Wells, a morning at Raymond Briggs’ Father Christmas at the Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith, and an afternoon at the Pottery Café painting our annual holiday mugs and plates for godparents and grandparents.

And what’s on your wish list for yourself?

I’d love a few days to go on a retreat – I keep hearing amazing things about We Care, which is a mind and body detox spa in California.

What are your hopes for 2018?

This year has been filled with lots of family time, adventure, and discovery – so more of the same would be amazing!


What do you love most about Christmas?

I adore the lazy mornings in pyjamas, afternoon games of UNO and Candyland, and evenings filled with family and food.

What are your plans this year?

We will be in Mexico for the run-up to Christmas, and then we will be enjoying our first Christmas Day in LA, where we relocated to earlier this year.

Where do you shop for your children’s Christmas presents?

We’re still in the UK a lot, so I love visiting Rachel Riley for the children’s outfits and pyjamas, the Natural History Museum always has interesting educational toys, and online store Orchard Toys has great games.

And for your food, tree and decorations?

Now we’re in LA, I’ll be decorating our tree with childhood tree decorations that have been stored at my mum’s house for the last decade. And though we will probably get our produce from Brentwood Farmers’ Market, we will, of course, be ordering our traditional Fortnum & Mason hamper with all my favourite British goodies.

Will you be over in London at some point during the festive period?

We’re in London in early December, so are excited to celebrate the holidays with friends and family. We’ve booked our tickets for Christmas at Kew Gardens, a matinee performance of The Snowman at Sadler’s Wells, a morning at Raymond Briggs’ Father Christmas at the Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith, and an afternoon at the Pottery Café painting our annual holiday mugs and plates for godparents and grandparents.

And what’s on your wish list for yourself?

I’d love a few days to go on a retreat – I keep hearing amazing things about We Care, which is a mind and body detox spa in California.

What are your hopes for 2018?

This year has been filled with lots of family time, adventure, and discovery – so more of the same would be amazing!


What do you love most about Christmas?

I adore the lazy mornings in pyjamas, afternoon games of UNO and Candyland, and evenings filled with family and food.

What are your plans this year?

We will be in Mexico for the run-up to Christmas, and then we will be enjoying our first Christmas Day in LA, where we relocated to earlier this year.

Where do you shop for your children’s Christmas presents?

We’re still in the UK a lot, so I love visiting Rachel Riley for the children’s outfits and pyjamas, the Natural History Museum always has interesting educational toys, and online store Orchard Toys has great games.

And for your food, tree and decorations?

Now we’re in LA, I’ll be decorating our tree with childhood tree decorations that have been stored at my mum’s house for the last decade. And though we will probably get our produce from Brentwood Farmers’ Market, we will, of course, be ordering our traditional Fortnum & Mason hamper with all my favourite British goodies.

Will you be over in London at some point during the festive period?

We’re in London in early December, so are excited to celebrate the holidays with friends and family. We’ve booked our tickets for Christmas at Kew Gardens, a matinee performance of The Snowman at Sadler’s Wells, a morning at Raymond Briggs’ Father Christmas at the Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith, and an afternoon at the Pottery Café painting our annual holiday mugs and plates for godparents and grandparents.

And what’s on your wish list for yourself?

I’d love a few days to go on a retreat – I keep hearing amazing things about We Care, which is a mind and body detox spa in California.

What are your hopes for 2018?

This year has been filled with lots of family time, adventure, and discovery – so more of the same would be amazing!


What do you love most about Christmas?

I adore the lazy mornings in pyjamas, afternoon games of UNO and Candyland, and evenings filled with family and food.

What are your plans this year?

We will be in Mexico for the run-up to Christmas, and then we will be enjoying our first Christmas Day in LA, where we relocated to earlier this year.

Where do you shop for your children’s Christmas presents?

We’re still in the UK a lot, so I love visiting Rachel Riley for the children’s outfits and pyjamas, the Natural History Museum always has interesting educational toys, and online store Orchard Toys has great games.

And for your food, tree and decorations?

Now we’re in LA, I’ll be decorating our tree with childhood tree decorations that have been stored at my mum’s house for the last decade. And though we will probably get our produce from Brentwood Farmers’ Market, we will, of course, be ordering our traditional Fortnum & Mason hamper with all my favourite British goodies.

Will you be over in London at some point during the festive period?

We’re in London in early December, so are excited to celebrate the holidays with friends and family. We’ve booked our tickets for Christmas at Kew Gardens, a matinee performance of The Snowman at Sadler’s Wells, a morning at Raymond Briggs’ Father Christmas at the Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith, and an afternoon at the Pottery Café painting our annual holiday mugs and plates for godparents and grandparents.

And what’s on your wish list for yourself?

I’d love a few days to go on a retreat – I keep hearing amazing things about We Care, which is a mind and body detox spa in California.

What are your hopes for 2018?

This year has been filled with lots of family time, adventure, and discovery – so more of the same would be amazing!


What do you love most about Christmas?

I adore the lazy mornings in pyjamas, afternoon games of UNO and Candyland, and evenings filled with family and food.

What are your plans this year?

We will be in Mexico for the run-up to Christmas, and then we will be enjoying our first Christmas Day in LA, where we relocated to earlier this year.

Where do you shop for your children’s Christmas presents?

We’re still in the UK a lot, so I love visiting Rachel Riley for the children’s outfits and pyjamas, the Natural History Museum always has interesting educational toys, and online store Orchard Toys has great games.

And for your food, tree and decorations?

Now we’re in LA, I’ll be decorating our tree with childhood tree decorations that have been stored at my mum’s house for the last decade. And though we will probably get our produce from Brentwood Farmers’ Market, we will, of course, be ordering our traditional Fortnum & Mason hamper with all my favourite British goodies.

Will you be over in London at some point during the festive period?

We’re in London in early December, so are excited to celebrate the holidays with friends and family. We’ve booked our tickets for Christmas at Kew Gardens, a matinee performance of The Snowman at Sadler’s Wells, a morning at Raymond Briggs’ Father Christmas at the Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith, and an afternoon at the Pottery Café painting our annual holiday mugs and plates for godparents and grandparents.

And what’s on your wish list for yourself?

I’d love a few days to go on a retreat – I keep hearing amazing things about We Care, which is a mind and body detox spa in California.

What are your hopes for 2018?

This year has been filled with lots of family time, adventure, and discovery – so more of the same would be amazing!


What do you love most about Christmas?

I adore the lazy mornings in pyjamas, afternoon games of UNO and Candyland, and evenings filled with family and food.

What are your plans this year?

We will be in Mexico for the run-up to Christmas, and then we will be enjoying our first Christmas Day in LA, where we relocated to earlier this year.

Where do you shop for your children’s Christmas presents?

We’re still in the UK a lot, so I love visiting Rachel Riley for the children’s outfits and pyjamas, the Natural History Museum always has interesting educational toys, and online store Orchard Toys has great games.

And for your food, tree and decorations?

Now we’re in LA, I’ll be decorating our tree with childhood tree decorations that have been stored at my mum’s house for the last decade. And though we will probably get our produce from Brentwood Farmers’ Market, we will, of course, be ordering our traditional Fortnum & Mason hamper with all my favourite British goodies.

Will you be over in London at some point during the festive period?

We’re in London in early December, so are excited to celebrate the holidays with friends and family. We’ve booked our tickets for Christmas at Kew Gardens, a matinee performance of The Snowman at Sadler’s Wells, a morning at Raymond Briggs’ Father Christmas at the Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith, and an afternoon at the Pottery Café painting our annual holiday mugs and plates for godparents and grandparents.

And what’s on your wish list for yourself?

I’d love a few days to go on a retreat – I keep hearing amazing things about We Care, which is a mind and body detox spa in California.

What are your hopes for 2018?

This year has been filled with lots of family time, adventure, and discovery – so more of the same would be amazing!


What do you love most about Christmas?

I adore the lazy mornings in pyjamas, afternoon games of UNO and Candyland, and evenings filled with family and food.

What are your plans this year?

We will be in Mexico for the run-up to Christmas, and then we will be enjoying our first Christmas Day in LA, where we relocated to earlier this year.

Where do you shop for your children’s Christmas presents?

We’re still in the UK a lot, so I love visiting Rachel Riley for the children’s outfits and pyjamas, the Natural History Museum always has interesting educational toys, and online store Orchard Toys has great games.

And for your food, tree and decorations?

Now we’re in LA, I’ll be decorating our tree with childhood tree decorations that have been stored at my mum’s house for the last decade. And though we will probably get our produce from Brentwood Farmers’ Market, we will, of course, be ordering our traditional Fortnum & Mason hamper with all my favourite British goodies.

Will you be over in London at some point during the festive period?

We’re in London in early December, so are excited to celebrate the holidays with friends and family. We’ve booked our tickets for Christmas at Kew Gardens, a matinee performance of The Snowman at Sadler’s Wells, a morning at Raymond Briggs’ Father Christmas at the Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith, and an afternoon at the Pottery Café painting our annual holiday mugs and plates for godparents and grandparents.

And what’s on your wish list for yourself?

I’d love a few days to go on a retreat – I keep hearing amazing things about We Care, which is a mind and body detox spa in California.

What are your hopes for 2018?

This year has been filled with lots of family time, adventure, and discovery – so more of the same would be amazing!


What do you love most about Christmas?

I adore the lazy mornings in pyjamas, afternoon games of UNO and Candyland, and evenings filled with family and food.

What are your plans this year?

We will be in Mexico for the run-up to Christmas, and then we will be enjoying our first Christmas Day in LA, where we relocated to earlier this year.

Where do you shop for your children’s Christmas presents?

We’re still in the UK a lot, so I love visiting Rachel Riley for the children’s outfits and pyjamas, the Natural History Museum always has interesting educational toys, and online store Orchard Toys has great games.

And for your food, tree and decorations?

Now we’re in LA, I’ll be decorating our tree with childhood tree decorations that have been stored at my mum’s house for the last decade. And though we will probably get our produce from Brentwood Farmers’ Market, we will, of course, be ordering our traditional Fortnum & Mason hamper with all my favourite British goodies.

Will you be over in London at some point during the festive period?

We’re in London in early December, so are excited to celebrate the holidays with friends and family. We’ve booked our tickets for Christmas at Kew Gardens, a matinee performance of The Snowman at Sadler’s Wells, a morning at Raymond Briggs’ Father Christmas at the Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith, and an afternoon at the Pottery Café painting our annual holiday mugs and plates for godparents and grandparents.

And what’s on your wish list for yourself?

I’d love a few days to go on a retreat – I keep hearing amazing things about We Care, which is a mind and body detox spa in California.

What are your hopes for 2018?

This year has been filled with lots of family time, adventure, and discovery – so more of the same would be amazing!


What do you love most about Christmas?

I adore the lazy mornings in pyjamas, afternoon games of UNO and Candyland, and evenings filled with family and food.

What are your plans this year?

We will be in Mexico for the run-up to Christmas, and then we will be enjoying our first Christmas Day in LA, where we relocated to earlier this year.

Where do you shop for your children’s Christmas presents?

We’re still in the UK a lot, so I love visiting Rachel Riley for the children’s outfits and pyjamas, the Natural History Museum always has interesting educational toys, and online store Orchard Toys has great games.

And for your food, tree and decorations?

Now we’re in LA, I’ll be decorating our tree with childhood tree decorations that have been stored at my mum’s house for the last decade. And though we will probably get our produce from Brentwood Farmers’ Market, we will, of course, be ordering our traditional Fortnum & Mason hamper with all my favourite British goodies.

Will you be over in London at some point during the festive period?

We’re in London in early December, so are excited to celebrate the holidays with friends and family. We’ve booked our tickets for Christmas at Kew Gardens, a matinee performance of The Snowman at Sadler’s Wells, a morning at Raymond Briggs’ Father Christmas at the Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith, and an afternoon at the Pottery Café painting our annual holiday mugs and plates for godparents and grandparents.

And what’s on your wish list for yourself?

I’d love a few days to go on a retreat – I keep hearing amazing things about We Care, which is a mind and body detox spa in California.

What are your hopes for 2018?

This year has been filled with lots of family time, adventure, and discovery – so more of the same would be amazing!


What do you love most about Christmas?

I adore the lazy mornings in pyjamas, afternoon games of UNO and Candyland, and evenings filled with family and food.

What are your plans this year?

We will be in Mexico for the run-up to Christmas, and then we will be enjoying our first Christmas Day in LA, where we relocated to earlier this year.

Where do you shop for your children’s Christmas presents?

We’re still in the UK a lot, so I love visiting Rachel Riley for the children’s outfits and pyjamas, the Natural History Museum always has interesting educational toys, and online store Orchard Toys has great games.

And for your food, tree and decorations?

Now we’re in LA, I’ll be decorating our tree with childhood tree decorations that have been stored at my mum’s house for the last decade. And though we will probably get our produce from Brentwood Farmers’ Market, we will, of course, be ordering our traditional Fortnum & Mason hamper with all my favourite British goodies.

Will you be over in London at some point during the festive period?

We’re in London in early December, so are excited to celebrate the holidays with friends and family. We’ve booked our tickets for Christmas at Kew Gardens, a matinee performance of The Snowman at Sadler’s Wells, a morning at Raymond Briggs’ Father Christmas at the Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith, and an afternoon at the Pottery Café painting our annual holiday mugs and plates for godparents and grandparents.

And what’s on your wish list for yourself?

I’d love a few days to go on a retreat – I keep hearing amazing things about We Care, which is a mind and body detox spa in California.

What are your hopes for 2018?

This year has been filled with lots of family time, adventure, and discovery – so more of the same would be amazing!


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