Gather Round

By Chloe Lewis

Portrait of Athena Calderone on a chair photographed by Philipp Paulus

Photography by Phillipp Paulus

Athena Calderone
Author, Interior designer, chef, and founder of lifestyle brand eyeswoon, New York

With the holidays on the horizon, all I can think about is hosting, cooking, and entertaining—it’s the kind of creativity that I yearn for most. While aesthetics are paramount in my world, simplicity is equally as important. The holidays can be stressful, so I always seek to amplify a more casual style of gathering. I love a beautifully abundant self-serve station because it allows for people to mingle, chat, laugh, connect, and, most importantly, nosh as they please. This is also a great place to showcase décor with a vase and some seasonal branches, moody candlelight, and of course a cornucopia of holiday classics—cheeses, fruits, bread, charcuterie, and more. By allowing the guests to help themselves, you’re also allowing the host (you!) to enjoy the party, too!


Portrait of Romilly Newman by Olivia Joan

Photography by Olivia Joan

Romilly Newman
Chef and food stylist, New York

When it comes to holiday entertaining, decadence is the name of the game. Without fail, I serve Chesnut soup. I think there’s something very elegant and special about having a course devoted just to soup. It’s something I’d never do normally, and that’s why I love it. You’d be surprised how many people are taken with it…And it just so happens the best part is that it can be made a day ahead!


Portrait of Sara Story wearing a deep red dress photographed by Weston Wells

Photography by Weston Wells

Sara Story
Interior designer and founder of Sara Story Design, New York

Holiday entertaining is an opportunity to show your creativity and perspective. I love dressing a table. One of my favorite aspects are candelabras—cast bronze ones that bring a great scale to a centerpiece, ceramic candle holders that create an artistic point of view with color and texture, and sculptural ones that you can use to fill your table at varying heights. Candles and candelabras create the most perfect holiday atmosphere and decor.


Portrait image of Nicole Oge

Photography by Neil Landino

Nicole Oge
Co-founder and chief growth officer, Official Real Estate Firm, New York

The most important ingredient in holiday entertaining is those you will be gathering with. From there everything in my world of hosting is playful, unexpected, and memorable. I like to start with a theme, which can be a color palette (for the winter holidays I love oxblood and sage). The theme can extend to the place settings, the menu, and almost always the decor. When we host on our farm in Litchfield County [Connecticut] we bring the outdoors in as much as possible. From spring through autumn we dry flowers both cultivated and wild in preparation for the winter holidays. From dried branches to wild grasses and hydrangeas, we like for nature to be felt inside in the winter as a reminder of what spring will bring. Gifting is very important to us as well, and everyone leaves with something special as a token or reminder of the evening: It could be dried spiced tea and Moroccan tea glasses, or a bundle of dried flowers and homemade candles.


Portrait of Camilla Marcus carrying flowers in nature by photographer Benjamin Rosser

Photography by Benjamin Rosser

Camilla Marcus
Chef and founder of online plant-based pantry, West Bourne, Los Angeles

Quality and creativity start at the source, so my holiday journey always begins at our local farmers market. Some of the best inspiration comes from seeing what’s in season and being willing to experiment with new produce for an element of surprise and delight. Plus, integrating your ingredients into the tablescape is a thoughtful way to be mindful of waste and bring the vibrant bounty of the season to life. This regenerative approach creates the brightest dishes and supports local farms that tend to our earth for the next generation.


Portrait image of Jeremiah Brent in a deep green button down and gold accessories

Image courtesy of Jeremiah Brent

Jeremiah Brent
Interior Designer, TV personality, and founder of Atrio, New York

The key to entertaining is getting creative and embracing versatility—you want to utilize vessels that you can continue using in everyday life. Atrio’s Marble Candle Vessel is perfect for floral arrangements, serving hors d’oeuvres, or a scented candle for ambiance.


Home Made

Feeling inspired? This holiday season, indulge your guests and go a little extra with a few choice pieces from Bal Harbour Shops. Click to shop below for a few of our favorite finds for the home.


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We’re feeling extra ladylike in Roger Vivier with the French house’s pearl-embellished gilet, featuring 160 pearl charms, each sewn on by hand. The piece, which takes 3,122 minutes to craft, goes perfectly with their limited edition Flower Strass pearl jewel clutch and array of iconic footwear—all available here, at Roger Vivier at Bal Harbour Shops.
Stylish fashions always put a smile on their face, thanks to the latest from Couture Kids, including this Fendi look.
The perfect croissant. An uplifting café au lait. Balmain’s ruffled elegance. When, it comes to brunch essentials, we have it all. Hungry for more pieces to work into your wardrobe? Click the link in bio for other stunning pieces to wear from Scanlan Theodore, Vilebrequin, 100% Capri, and more.
There’s something about head-to-toe Miu Miu that makes us want to exhibit “model behavior.” Feeling our most fashionable and elite selves today at the Shops.