Due to my sister's swine flu outbreak this holiday season, our NYC holiday gathering had to be canceled. We just hosted the rescheduled version this weekend. It was a huge success and a ton of fun. Here are a couple of tips for the future parties you'll be hosting someday. 1) In lieu of anything fancy just drop some votives into a cluster of glass jars that you may have in your kitchen. It's not over the the top but still looks lovely and festive. I had a bunch of jars left from my pickling adventures and it worked out well. I think baby food jars would be great also. To be fair, I borrowed this idea from Rachel but after trying it this weekend I fully endorse it.
2) I'm not a big fan of wine charms. They usually aren't all that cute and the person has to remember what color they were which gets more difficult as the night progresses and the wine continues to flow. I stuck a cheap key ring (available at any office supply store) onto each wine glass and put out a cup of colored pens. People can write their name or their initials and usually everyone can at least remember that.