A warm and hearty bowl of chili on New Year's Day. A Christmas tree decked with vintage holiday ornaments hand-picked from flea markets or your favorite antique stores. Sound inviting? When it comes to holidays and how to celebrate them, award-winning handbag designer (and gracious hostess) Kate Spade encourages friends and family to think outside the box. Who says you have to be a professional party planner to make the occasion memorable? Read this excerpt from Kate's book for unique party ideas, gift suggestions and holiday traditions you'll want to make your own.
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New Year's Day
"It's temping to stay inside on New Year's Day, but after sleeping in, I love to bundle up and go for a walk in the park, especially if it's sunny and cold. First, however, I put a pot of New Year's Day chili on the stove to simmer. It's what Andy calls our 'blinner'
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"As nice as it is to spend the night with your special someone, it can be a total ball to be with a close circle of friends. For instance, throw a 'favorite couples' party, inviting friends to come as iconic duos
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Excerpted from Occasions by Kate Spade. © 2004 by Kate Spade LLC. Reprinted by permission of Simon & Schuster, Inc.