It’s winter. That makes it one of the best seasons to review some party time table setting tips for hosting the perfect winter soirée. Why? Because depending on where you live, winter means it may be cold, rainy, icy, snowy or otherwise gloomy enough to warrant remaining indoors much of the time. Hence it is also one of the best times of year to pull some friends together for a party. Lucky for you the global NOVICA family is here to serve as your party inspiration source!

Leaf and Tree Celadon Ceramic Tea Set from Indonesia (Set for 2), 'Banana Frog'

When was the last time you took a break for yourself; to simply slow down the pace and spend quality moments with a good friend? An afternoon tea provides the perfect opportunity to turn a routine activity into a heartwarming event. Brew up your favorite tea flavor and serve it with the Leaf and Tree Ceramic Tea Set. Thai artist Putu Oka Mahendra uses soothing colors and a banana leaf design to set a calm and relaxing stage with this creation. Light a candle or two placed into these orchid-shaped ceramic candle holders and now you’ve created a cozy winter environment for you and your guest.

Green Celadon Ceramic Orchid Shaped Candle Holders (Pair), 'Thai Jade Orchids'

Need to take the entertaining up just a notch? In our busy world with so many of us connected mostly by technology, an easy way to come back to basics is a wine tasting gathering. Call a few friends, tell everyone to bring their favorite wine and snacks and BAM – you’ve got yourself a party! Use this out-of-the-ordinary Lizard Theme hand-carved wooden wine holder as the focal point to highlight the wine being served.

 Lizard Theme Hand Carved Brown Wood Wine Bottle Holder, 'Brown Balinese Lizard'

Sipping your vino out of glasses with a colorful yet elegant base, such as the Forest Mirage hand made blown wine glasses can easily make this gathering feel so much more special. Another tip I like to really transform the mood is by using napkin-holders like these Handcrafted Bejeweled Napkin Rings from India.  No one can argue they bring an extra touch of class to your table.

Handcrafted Bejeweled Napkin Rings (set of 4), 'Green Droplets'
Now, if you happen to live in a climate that stays warm throughout winter… well, LUCKY YOU! For everyone else, now it’s time to go all out. If you can’t get to a warm and festive locale, then bring that vibe to you. For moments like these, my party theme of choice is a chips and salsa/margarita fiesta. In the heart of winter, this is sure to convince even the biggest hermit among us to come out and join in the fun.

Fair Trade Mexican Floral Ceramic Platter Canape Serveware Daisy Stars

Choose a super festive pitcher such as the Hand Blown Glass Pitcher ‘Confetti’, designed by artist Javier and Efren of Mexico.

Hand Blown Glass Pitcher 71 Oz Multicolor Mexican Art, 'Confetti'

Complete your party set with a matching set of margarita glasses such as the ‘Confetti Kiss’ set. Wow – that looks great on your table! Set of 6 Artisan Crafted Blown Glass Margarita Glasses, 'Confetti Kiss' Decide on colorful and festive placemats, (blue, green, red, yellow; any color will do) to round out the scene and you’re ready to set the festivities in motion.
Hill Tribe Thailand Cotton placemats, 'Festivities' set of 4 NOVICA Fair TradeAnd always remember: your NOVICA  family is here to help you turn any moment of connecting with friends and family into the PERFECT party. Eat. Drink. Connect. And stay warm!

*Reprinted from NOVICA