I love to entertain friends and family during the holidays. Whether it’s for a holiday-themed Family Game Night, Friendsgiving gathering, Yankee Swap, or any other reason (I can think of many!), there are a few items I’ve found that make it easy for me to entertain any number of guests for a festive occasion!
In order to gear up for the holiday season, I received the Nespresso VertuoLine coffee & espresso machine, and I was sent on my way to the Nespresso Boutique and Sur la Table for a shopping excursion to pick out some fabulous and festive finds. And I found some great items!!
I’m hoping that some of my “festive finds” can help to inspire you, and make your holiday entertaining easier (and more fun!) as well. :)
First, I’d quickly like to touch on the Nespresso VertuoLine. The VertuoLine is a pod system that can make both coffee and espresso – it has a coding system which reads the pod and will make either/or depending on the code.
I purchased the Aeroccino Plus Milk Frother as well, so that I could create numerous specialty drinks while entertaining or, let’s be real, having my morning coffee at home. It has both hot and cold settings so that I have the option to make hot or iced drinks with the touch of a button! Starbucks who?
Note: If you’re into specialty drinks such as lattes and macchiatos, I highly recommend buying the set that comes with both the VertuoLine and the Aeroccino Plus – you’ll save about $50.00 total!
And speaking of Nespresso, my visit to the Nespresso Flagship Boutique on Newbury Street in Boston blew me away. The boutique is beautiful and totally sleek in true Nespresso fashion. I ordered the monthly special, which was the Honey Spiced Latte, as well as a cheese platter (I love my cheeses!) and everything was absolutely delicious.
The Hubbs and I ended up buying a few packages of coffee and espresso pods for our VertuoLine machine as well.
After visiting the Nespresso Boutique, we headed to the Sur la Table store in Copley Plaza.
I’ve shopped at Sur la Table for years. They always seem to have everything I need for entertaining any time of year, but especially during the holidays.
As I mentioned earlier, we first picked up the Aeroccino Plus milk frother to go with our Nespresso VertuoLine. Then, naturally, I headed over to the baking section. I absolutely love to bake, and I always find myself whipping up multitudes of baked goods for friends and family during the holidays. Here, I was happy to find a number of useful items to supplement my baking stash! In particular, I love the Oxo Decorating Kit for frosting baked goods. Much easier than a pastry bag, in my (clumsy and) humble opinion. ;)
I also found this mini cloche and just had to have it. I love things that are mini, plus it will be perfect for displaying anything from a small cheese assortment to bite size treats this season.
So cute!!! (The little Christmas tree was a gift from a friend that I added purely for decor purposes.)
The Hubbs and I then headed to the barware section of the store. Wes loves Moscow Mules and we’ve been on the lookout for great Moscow Mule mugs for a while, so upon finding these, we immediately snapped them up!
I love copper in general, and these are beautiful even just out on display on our bar. They’re just perfect for sharing a drink or two with friends!
In addition, we snapped up a copy of Shake, a book of amazing looking cocktail recipes that we can’t wait to try out this holiday season!
Of course, if you are entertaining guests, great tableware is essential! Some of my favorite festive finds included our new placemats, napkins and napkin rings! I am so in love with the intricate weaving and the gorgeous silvery shading of the placemats, and the natural ombre linen napkins and silver napkin rings complement them perfectly.
I even stumbled upon a selection of adorable Christmas ornaments! This ice cream sandwich ornament took me back to my childhood and visits to my Yaya’s house during the summer. I had to have it.
Overall, this was a great experience and I’m SO excited to entertain for the holidays this season with all of my amazing new festive finds from Nespresso and Sur la Table!!!