Wait, you guys, how is this even possible? The holiday season has barely begun, and we're already exhausted! Seriously, we've run out of things to wear and dishes to make — we can only do that midi-skirt-and-oversized-sweater combo with a side of apple pie so many times. You know, #holidayproblems.
Well, that's exactly why we're taking cues from 27-year-old Toronto native Quinn Cooper. As a globe-trotting model and blogger, she knows how to work the scene without making it look like, well, work. So, Cooper let us into her pad for a close-up at a party she's hosting for some friends. Tips for preparing dishes in advance, tricks for creating the perfect table, and even a look at her super-festive outfit — yep, she gave us the lowdown on everything, and you can bet we're paying attention!
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"I like to create the menu a couple of days in advance. You want time to pick up all the ingredients and perhaps prebake desserts the day prior."
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"These ricotta, fig, and honey crostinis are so easy to make. They are perfect to put out at the beginning of the night for everyone to munch on. When hosting a party where you are cooking and baking, you have to be organized and have good time-management skills. You want to make sure all of the food is ready and still warm for your guests to enjoy. Wearing this Pulsar watch makes me stay on track and helps me pull off a fun and successful party!"
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"It's important to put together a warm and inviting space for guests, whether it's with decorations around your home or just setting the table so it looks pulled-together. Oh, and major tip: Make sure your theme is seasonally appropriate. You don’t want to use summer colors and decor during a holiday party. During the winter, stick to darker hues with pops of lighter colors. For a holiday party, don’t fall back to the traditional red and green — change it up instead. Use silvers and golds with saturated greens, blues, or even purples."
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"I love jewelry that gives me the freedom to cook and serve food. I love this Pulsar watch, because of the size and color. Recently, I’ve gravitated toward oversized watches, and this one is substantial without being too big and overpowering. The rose gold is beautiful and goes well with so many colors and looks. It really gives my outfit that little extra pizzaz that it needs."