#BGHoliday: A Guide to Hosting

We asked Stephanie Nass of Victory Club to share some of her tips on hosting, signature recipes, and more. Read along to see how this New Yorker preps for her supper club gatherings.

Preparation

I use Pinterest to collect ideas, and I set my table as soon as I know how many people are coming. I do my grocery shopping 2-3 days ahead, and I do as much of the cooking 1-2 days ahead as I can. These things can be done 1-2 days in advance: cook the soup, cut the vegetables, trim the meat, debone the fish. The day of the event, I bake my desserts first and then do a final sweep of the apartment! I precook the meal an hour before the guests are due, leaving only the reheat & assembly for serving time. I light the candles 15 minutes before guests arrive, never forgetting to light a pretty Fornasetti candle in the powder room. I always write my place cards last, welcoming the chance of surprise guests.

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Signature Recipes

My signature dish during the holidays is this butternut squash soup. These chocolate chip cookies are my signature dessert year-round…

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NYC Recommendations

FLOWERS

I love buying flowers in New York’s historic flower district, specifically at Harvest. I love arranging flowers myself, so that I can use beautiful vases like this one by Lalique.

DESSERTS

Lady M for strawberry shortcake.

Yura for browned butter cupcakes.

Levain’s for gooey chocolate-chip cookie heaven.

Momofuku Milkbar for birthday cake truffles.

Eleni’s for the world’s cutest cookies!

GROCERIES

The most beautiful produce in NYC is at Eataly. When the fruits and vegetables themselves are gorgeous, I place them right on the table, alongside the flowers.

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BG Favorites

Pearl napkin rings from Kim Seybert – Kim understands that setting the table is like accessorizing an outfit! I love how she incorporates precious materials into her collections.

Bar set by Ralph Lauren – this piece will endure as an heirloom that carries cocktail recipes over generations. It is elegant and utilitarian.

Dinner Plates by L’Objet – timeless white plates highlight the natural colors of food.

Blue and White Platter by Lynn G. Feld Antiques – this platter goes so well with my favorite Naeem Khan dress. I love to fit in with the evening’s decor!

Eve Harcourt Champagne Flutes by Baccarat – for the Mumm champagne that guests sip throughout the meal.

Printed Marble Mosaic tray by AERIN – for breakfast in bed on slow & happy mornings!!

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Sartorial Choices

I dress to match the menu. In winter, many of my dishes include deep burgundy tones, so this Tory Burch dress or this Valentino dress would be perfect. I love big statement earrings, like these 19th century drop earrings by Fred Leighton, and a good pair of cowboy boots. When I am cooking and wearing a beautiful outfit, I always wear apron, something I collect along my travels. At the end of the evening, after cooking a meal, I will throw on a jacket by Alix of Bohemia, grab a bag by Edie Parker, and head downtown for some dancing!

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