Holiday Entertaining Ideas and Tips

This holiday season, let 'The Greatest Showman' dazzle guests and show you how to be The Greatest Entertainer with Moët & Chandon

The holidays are a time to indulge in dazzling decor, sumptuous food and extravagant cocktails that we look forward to all year. However, such things take time to prepare. For truly great entertainers, a busy schedule can get in the way of planning an event that reflects their style—even for those who live to host. If you want to elevate your party to new heights without stress, count on Moët & Chandon. Our preferred champagne is the key to making an occasion feel special, but it also can simplify your party in unexpected ways. From a dramatic display that also serves champagne with flair to an enchanting bar, here are a few tricks to enhance any gathering, inspired by The Greatest Showman.

A Sophisticated Spectacle

For a party centerpiece that never fails to amaze, create a stunning champagne tower. The appeal isn't just in the way this setup makes it easy for guests to help themselves to a coupe of champagne—it's all about the dramatic presentation of filling the glassware. Watch the video above for the simple trick for perfecting this extraordinary pour.

An Effortless Menu

The right fare enhances any cocktail party, but it can be a challenge to decide what to serve along with the preparation. Your best bet is to keep your menu simple and focus on flavors that never fail to please a crowd. And don't forget the cheese plate.

Dinner parties are a wonderful way to catch up with friends, but this type of gathering can be daunting. Instead, opt for a stylish cocktail party with glamorous touches so you can experience all the hosting glory with none of the requisite stress. Bolster the above appetizer menu with classic shrimp cocktail and end the evening with a slice of subtly sweet five-spice cider Bundt cake. Batch a signature cocktail, like the above Le Grand Garnet made with Moët Imperial Rosé, which ensures that you spend your time mixing with guests instead of mixing up drinks. Watch the video above to see how to make this gorgeous cocktail.

Put a Bow on It

Last-minute guests aren't a cause for alarm when you're already prepared to host at a moment's notice. You can capture the essence of a special occasion on a smaller scale through thoughtful upgrades that make everyday moments worth celebrating. For an easy decorative accent, add touches of velvet (one of the top trends of the season) with ribbon. Use rich red or pale gold ribbon to bundle napkins or flatware at place settings, or simply tie a small bow around the stem of a glass for a little color.

Create an Enchanting Champagne Bar

Ring in 2018 with a celebration that features French-inspired bells and whistles sure to surprise and delight guests. The centerpiece of the party is a champagne bar, the glamorous gathering spot where guests can mingle as they help themselves to Moët & Chandon. Fill the bar with champagne bottles on ice, and a selection of coupes or flutes. A few extras like edible gold, an assortment of fruit and a few fine liqueurs allow guests to express their creativity. For a unique touch, add bitters-soaked sugar cubes in a bowl with small ice tongs. Just drop each cube into a glass for an instant champagne cocktail.

The Greatest Showman is a bold and original musical that celebrates the birth of show business and the sense of wonder we feel when dreams come to life. Inspired by the ambition and imagination of P.T. Barnum, The Greatest Showman tells the story of a visionary who rose from nothing to create a mesmerizing spectacle that became a worldwide sensation. The Greatest Showman is directed by exciting new filmmaker, Michael Gracey, with songs by Academy Award winners Benj Pasek and Justin Paul ("La La Land") and starring Academy Award nominee Hugh Jackman. Jackman is joined by Academy Award nominee Michelle Williams, Zendaya, Zac Efron and Rebecca Ferguson.