Festive Fêting 101: How to Host a Swoon-Worthy Holiday Soirée

Whether you’re a novice hostess or frequently throw soirees, there will be a time when you find yourself in a fête-related funk. That’s why you need to stop and take a moment with the perfect bottle of bubbly, and look to Payton Turner, owner and co-founder of Flat Vernacular, as she hosts a fun and inspiration-filled holiday party with Chandon. From creating custom confetti cocktail napkins to choosing the dessert menu, consider this your personal invite to tour her chic Brooklyn abode before the fabulous festivities begin. 

Swipe down and be inspired by her festive, bubbly-filled fête.


What’s the trick to achieving a standout hostess’ outfit?

“Go all out! Think of a more idealised vision of yourself and try to play up to it. I like to be dressy, and I think most of my guests enjoy the fun and splendor of dressing up. As the hostess, you should lead by example, but try to be comfortable. You don’t want to be worried about your appearance while guests are relying on you to lead the party.”

What inspired your holiday party this year?

“Confetti and Downton Abbey.”

What colours inspired your stylish winter tablescape?

“I love using a darker palette during the winter months. To offset the dark black table and black Depression glass tableware, I also used deep greens, a touch of copper, and deep burgundy flowers, as well as bright coral flowers, to bring warmth to my tabletop.”

Why confetti?

“The bubbles and sparkles of Chandon feel like confetti in my mouth, so the napkins are really about that for me. They’re also playful, abstract, and colourful—three things I think every host or hostess should aspire to create when throwing a party.”

“They feel lovely and luxurious in your hand, plus it’s much better to use real napkins that are washable as opposed to paper ones that just get tossed into the trash.” 

Describe the perfect toast.

“Something clever and unusual. My husband says he fell in love with me when I gave a toast to the logic of the assembly line.”

Very important question: Are those doughnuts?

The doughnuts are from BabyCakes, and they are almost too delicious to share. They’re gluten-free and dairy-free. They melt in your mouth in the most satisfying, buttery way. It’s impossible to eat just one, and they’re such an easy treat to devour while standing at a party.”

Do you recall the most memorable party invitation you’ve ever received?

“Unfortunately, none. My mum received an invitation to lunch at the White House. Does that count by proxy?”


How many sips of Chandon does it take to throw a fabulous fête like Payton’s? Count it down in the comments below. 

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