Holiday Entertaining & Decorating

Cindy Rinfret is a master at throwing together a holiday party. When she mentioned in passing last week that she was hosting over forty people for Thanksgiving at her home we thought she had lost her mind. But then we remembered who we were talking to and that Cindy can pull off the most magnificent affair without so much as breaking a sweat. After all, last year she hosted a midnight "open house" for Christmas Eve.

So when we saw the party photos we were not surprised to see that she had pulled it off again. Check it out:Cindy in her element.

Cindy put together a gorgeous autumnal flower arrangement in her front entry -- a beautiful welcome to guests.

A turkey, fall leaves, candles and flowers in warm colors create a gorgeous Thanksgiving ambiance.

Believe it or not, but this green leaf plate was purchased from Walmart for $2.00!! It's all about the mix of high and low!

More Thanksgiving birds for the table!

Whimsical custom cookies are great for any holiday party. For really special cookies check out Sweet Lisa's in Cos Cob, Galaxy Cookies in Norwalk and Aux Delices in Greenwich/Riverside.

The large living room at Cindy's house, Laurel Hill, was cleared of all furniture to make room for the long tables.

Even though this event was for Thanksgiving, many of the same concepts can be translated to a Christmas holiday party. Here are some great items we currently have in stock at Rinfret Home & Garden that should inspire you to decorate for your next holiday fete...

Silver ornaments are the chicest look for a Christmas tree. Pair them with our silver pine cones and you'll have yourself a Winter Wonderland.

An adorable bear butler is sure to start conversations at your party and mini Santa's and Christmas-scented candles create the perfect holiday mood.

Elegant reindeer and cheery wreathes are festive additions to any home...and we can't resist these red velvet throw pillows and faux fur throw to cozy up the party.

Here's a closeup of the wreath. We love the red cardinals, which clip off so you can put them in unexpected places. Sure to amuse guests.

Now get off your computer and go decorate for your next party!