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PaperCity Houston December 2021

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on a whole new dynamic embroidered in aubergine on fuchsia linen. Hostess gift. A nod to the personality of the hostess is always appropriate. If she's a Waspy drinker who believes in the mantra "It's 5 pm somewhere," then maybe it's monogrammed cocktail napkins. Or a trinket for the tree, perhaps hand-blown glass. My go-to for ornaments in New Orleans is Judy's ( Something for the bar is always nice, too — consider an assortment of Jack Rudy's bitters ( The chicest gift wrap. My friend Alexa Pulitzer is a go-to for gift wrap, custom-made tags, and paper goods. ( Final tips for December. Consider an open house, so guests can come and go at their leisure, setting a deconstructed table to enjoy a small plate and perhaps stations for drinks: a bourbon bar on the desk in the living room, a champagne bar on the console in the foyer. This encourages guests to move about and explore and perhaps whisper charming bons mots in my ear. Also, monogrammed roadies keep the party going as guests flit (by foot or Uber, please) from one Garden District manor to the next. Remember, this season is a marathon and not a sprint. Live music is also a key element in creating an experience. In New Orleans, we treasure our brass bands. I have them perform on the front balcony as guests arrive. It sets a festive tone for the evening and keeps me feeling bubbly and party season ready. (Continued from page 78) Nothing says, "Please have a Brandy Milk Punch" like magnolia swags. CHRIS GRANGER LEONTINE LINENS' JANE SCOTT HODGES BEYOND THE MAGAZINE, MORE OF EVERYTHING... • FASHION • ART • SOCIAL • DESIGN • FOOD • TRENDS • STYLE • HOMES JOIN THE PARTY: PAPERCITYMAG.COM/NEWSLETTER

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