Throw a Stylish Winter Solstice Party

Make the most of the shortest day of the year with seasonal food, stylish decor and a festive party favor.

Celebrate the Season

Winter solstice is worth celebrating. We'll show you ways to make the most of the shortest day of the year with the season's hottest colors, textures and flavors.

Glass Bottle Centerpiece

Add a little whimsy to your winter table by suspending pine and berry clippings in a variety of glass bottles filled with water. Place tapered candles into the bottle openings to create a serene, illuminated centerpiece.

Easy Yarn Table Runner

Make your table a conversation piece with a one-of-a-kind runner inspired by macrame weavings. All you need are two wooden dowels and a roll of wool yarn. Simply place the dowels parallel from each other at your desired length, and string the yarn in straight lines back and forth, looping around the dowel at each end. Once you get your desired look, cut the yarn and tie to secure the ends.

Metallic Wood Slices

Incorporate natural elements like wood and greenery into your tablescape. To add a high end look to these natural elements, add copper tape in simple patterns to clean wood slices.

Lamb and Pomegranate Stuffed Persimmons

Your menu should reflect the season, so serve comfort food with color. This sweet persimmon stuffed with lamb, holiday spices, pomegranate and sage is as beautiful as it is delicious. You can easily substitute the lamb for ground turkey or beef for an equally delightful bite.

Make This: Stuffed Persimmons

Miniature Wreath Place Setting

Greet guests tableside with a modern wreath-inspired place setting. To make, wrap copper wire around a crafting ring, and attach wood beads and fresh botanicals using a hot glue gun. Personalize by writing the guest's name on a strip of card stock and gluing to the ring. Guests can take these home after the party to hang on their Christmas tree.

Cold-Weather Dessert

These mini chocolate fig cakes are nearly too cute to eat! Spiked with winter spices and topped with melted dark chocolate, these sweet stacks are a perfectly easy way to welcome in the winter season. Not to mention, they are bite-sized — so you don't have to feel guilty about eating more than one.

Make This: Chocolate Fig Spice Cakes

Seasonal Garland

Create a dramatic look in a simple way using just a few materials sourced from your local craft store. Stick to natural and neutral materials — such as wood beads, leather, twine and fresh greens — to make an elegant yet easy statement garland perfect for hanging on the back of your dining chairs or along your holiday mantel. 

Crowd-Pleasing Mulled Pear Punch

Infuse the spicy flavors of the season by mulling something unexpected like pear juice. This big batch brandy and Prosecco cocktail will quickly become a winter favorite with its bright fruit notes and aromatic flavors. Set the drink station up in a gorgeous punch bowl that will make it easy for guests to grab a sip whenever they please.

Make This: Mulled Pear Punch

Color Block Leather Coasters

Making these mod coasters is a cinch. You can find leather rounds at most craft stores. To color block them, use painter's tape as your guide, and apply leather paint or stain in layers until you get your desired look. Remove painter's tape once the paint is dry.

Festive Party Favor

Surprise guests with an earthy, festive party favor that doubles as an accessory. Bolo tie kits are available for purchase online, and guests can make the tie their own with numerous decorating options. To keep with the winter solstice theme, we used natural materials like leather, brass and botanicals to create a unisex accessory that can be worn around the neck, wrist or as a hat embellishment.

Make This: DIY Bolo Tie

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