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To kick off the holiday season, we headed to the Hamptons in November with a group of 20 influential media to immerse them in all things holiday hosting. At CBC’s annual Hosting House, top brands taught us how to bring a little cheer to our holiday entertaining and shared helpful tips and tricks to make hosting a breeze.

 

 

Day 1: Welcome to The Hamptons!

Our group’s first stop in Water Mill, New York was the Parrish Art Museum, a landmark modern art museum known for its focus on local work.  It was the perfect location to not only welcome media to the area, but also introduce them to Tea Forte, a gourmet tea company that keeps design at the forefront of their brand.  The group enjoyed an educational tour of the Parrish’s current collection before heading over to the Topping Rose House for a quaint lunch with Tea Forte.  Editors learned about the design process behind Tea Forte products and some fun facts about tea.  By the end of our 3-course meal, complete with tea pairings, everyone was timing their steeps to create the perfect cup.

 

 

Following lunch, media arrived at their beautiful Water Mill home for the next few days, decked out with holiday lights and décor.  First on the agenda was learning the art of making the perfect bed with Boll & Branch.  Media gained insight into the sustainable background of ethically sourced bedding and took part in layering the softest sheets with perfectly matched flannel duvets and knit blankets, for a bed that looked divinely inviting.

 

 

Before anyone could tuck themselves in, it was time for a lively dinner with Bose!  Their on-site product team led media through the capabilities of the new Bose Home smart speaker and soundbar, demonstrating how to make the perfect dinner party playlist – a must have for holiday entertaining and playing those favorite, festive classics.

 

 

Day 2: Tis the Season

Our group started the day bright and early with a Stonewall Kitchen pajama breakfast.  Yes, you heard correctly…nothing like an old fashioned pj party to get you out of bed.  Editors lined up to build their Insta-worthy waffles at our breakfast bar, complete with a wide range of fun toppings.  The Maine blueberries and maple syrup paired perfectly with everyone’s LL Bean plaid flannel PJs to create a picturesque taste of winter in the Northeast.

 

 

Fueled up from breakfast, it was time to dig in to holiday décor vignettes with Home Depot and Behr Paints.  Media were given an overview of the season’s hottest trends in paint colors and table settings. For a hands-on experience, everyone had the opportunity to get crafty with chalk paint and festive materials to make seasonal wreaths and shadowboxes, ensuring their own home décor for the holidays was on-trend.

 

 

When the clock struck ‘happy hour’, it was Coravin’s time to shine with an around-the-world wine tasting.  Editors were amazed at the ability to pour a glass of wine without uncorking the bottle, allowing for the freedom to taste a nearly endless array of varietals without compromising the quality of the remaining wine.  Imagine the possibilities!  Wine tasting is our new favorite house party theme.

 

 

Following our global wine tasting, we sat down to a one-of-a-kind #pinksgiving with Ocean Spray.  The iconic purveyor of all things cranberry recently launched Pink Cranberry juice and celebrated by creating a jaw-dropping meal of pink décor, pink foods and pink drinks.

 

 

Day 3: A Sweet Farewell

Hosting House closed out with a grand finale at Levain Bakery, hosted by Canon.  The editors got their hands dirty in the kitchen at Levain, making the bakery’s famously gooey chocolate chip cookies.  After popping them in the oven, we hopped next door to Wainscott Main Wine & Spirits, where the group learned about the latest products from Canon – the Ivy Portable Mini Photo Printer and hdAlbum app.  Media took turns printing fun copies of their favorite photos from the memorable weekend, all while enjoying delicious pizza and wine, courtesy of Levain and Wainscott Main.  Of course, they couldn’t leave without testing the fruits of their labor in the cookie kitchen before hitting the road back to New York City.

What would be your favorite part of the trip? We’re thinking those cookies sound pretty scrumptious… If your mouth is watering just like ours and you are curious about how to get your brand involved in an upcoming HOUSE program, contact us here.  

 

Doesn’t it seem like in every group of friends there is always one that stands out of the bunch when it comes to entertaining? An expert in building a comfortable space for guests whether it’s a stack of magazines on the nightstand, a vase of fresh lilacs, or a fridge full of delicious snacks.

Prior to holiday hosting season to learn all about the art of entertaining, we packed our bags and traveled to the Hamptons in November with 20 editors for CBC’s first Hosting House – an edition of our HOUSE programs that highlights all of the best brands in home decor, entertaining and gifting.

Jackson Family Wines prompted our holiday planning with a lesson on wine and pie pairing, featuring its aromatic La Crema line.

Pro tip: Pair Pinot Noir with berry-based pies and save your Chardonnay for the apple.

Garnet Hill invited the group of editors to their boutique in Bridgehampton to give them a sneak peek at their spring home collection as well as provide a fun tutorial on beautiful holiday gift wrapping. (An added cool factor of this experience was that social engagement tagging #StJudeShareaGift donated $10 to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.)

Pro tip: Incorporate natural elements into your gift giving, for a unique twist on traditional wrapping.

Omaha Steaks hosted a delicious, savory dinner cooked by their executive chef to showcase the quality of their easy to prepare, frozen meals. Who knew Omaha Steaks was the secret to holiday dinner success!

Early risers the next morning, Leesa treated the editors and influencers to a yoga class and delicious breakfast a Hampton’s gem, The Topping Rose House. Morning yoga was particularly enjoyable after a restful night’s sleep on our Leesa mattresses!

Pro tip: Comfy mattresses = happy guests.

Cabot Creamery hosted an extra-special edition of “how to craft the perfect cheese board.” New York Times food stylist Judy Haubert taught us all how to make Instagram-worthy cheese boards. Editors from Family Circle, Lonny, and Real Simple magazines all broadcasted these cheese board tips from their outlet’s Instagram channels.

Pro tip: Use Cabot’s effortless cracker cuts to trick your guests into thinking you’re a cheese board genius.

Overstock then hosted a game night in the house’s stunning Great Room – a room they gave an impressive floor-to-ceiling makeover and completely outfitted in Overstock furniture and home décor.

Rubbermaid hosted breakfast showcasing their newest line of storage containers which was followed by a cooking demonstration and lunch with Dyson. Dyson brought in two food and wellness influencers Candice Kumai and Rachel Mansfield to cook healthy, yet aromatic, meals to show off the power of the Dyson Air Filters.

Pro tip: Did you know that indoor air 5x dirtier than outdoor air? Investing in a purifier may be the best decision you could make for your guests and yourself.

In three days, we transformed from gracious guests to hosting experts. At this point, we feel like the Duchess herself – although we certainly wouldn’t say no if Kate Middleton wanted to dish out her tips during next year’s Hosting House!

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If you’re a home entertaining brand interested in participating in this year’s Hosting House in November 2018, contact us!