Holiday Hosting 101 — The Model Edition

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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Photographed by Alice Gao.
"I love intimate gatherings since I can spend time with each and every one of my guests. I’m also a detail-oriented person and love to decorate for a small party. Every detail counts, all the way down to the name cards. You can’t do any of that stuff when you have a big bash!"Advertisement
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Photographed by Alice Gao.
"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." Advertisement
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"Just taking out the ingredients for my appetizers!" Advertisement
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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!" Advertisement
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Meow to those shoes! Advertisement
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Photographed by Alice Gao.Photographed by Alice Gao.
"I'm setting the crostinis out and then changing into my party-ready outfit!" Advertisement
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"I think it’s always nice to wear a dress or skirt to a holiday party. For some reason, this time of year makes me want to dress more feminine. It’s nice to be fancy sometimes." Advertisement
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Photographed by Alice Gao.
"A classic cable-knit sweater with contrasting leather trim paired with a graphic black-and-white skirt — utter perfection!" Advertisement
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"Now, back to the kitchen! I love desserts, so I went all out and baked two different kinds. The first is pumpkin whoopie pies with cream-cheese frosting. It’s a quirky twist on a pumpkin dessert. The second is an apple tart — more traditional and super-tasty." Advertisement
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Photographed by Alice Gao.
"For the main course, I baked a chicken. It's so easy and can sit in the oven when guests arrive. It also makes your home smell amazing when everyone walks in." Advertisement
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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." Advertisement
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Photographed by Alice Gao.
"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." Advertisement
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Photographed by Alice Gao.
"Even though I’m not going anywhere, it’s always nice for the host to dress up and set the tone of the party!" Advertisement
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Photographed by Alice Gao.
"Confession: I like to add a little sparkle to my outfit. Whether it’s glittery shoes, a sequined skirt, or a gold dress, you really can’t go wrong with a little sparkle."
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"So, who's ready to party?" Advertisement
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