Local designer and home goods purveyor Bailey McCarthy shares her party essentials for the holiday season.
With at-home entertaining at an all-time high, the holiday season has us all wishing we were natural-born party planners. Fortunately for those of us lacking the Barefoot Contessa gene, home decor expert and hostess extraordinaire Bailey McCarthy is here to lend a hospitable hand. As the owner of Montrose boutique Biscuit Home, McCarthy knows a thing or two about creating a welcoming space. Since simultaneously launching her bespoke bedding line and opening her brick-and-mortar in 2012, McCarthy has expanded Biscuit’s inventory of home accessories and gifts to include more kitchen and entertaining staples. Offering a curated collection of cocktail napkins, cookbooks, tabletop necessities and vintage wares, Biscuit is a Houston hostess’ best friend. This year, the designer is leaning into the retro vibes of her new home—a 1950s midcentury modern—while staying true to her signature pink-and-green color palette. Here, she gives us her tips, tricks and tools for pulling off the perfect Yuletide soiree.
3. “I bought this tray as a housewarming gift for myself. Right now it’s styled on a coffee table with a candle, but at a party I’d use it to serve bonbons.” Paul Schneider Ceramics geode tray, shoppalomaandco.com
4. “My friend makes the most delicious buche de Noel cake every Christmas. A fancy cake deserves a fancy dessert plate, and these are perfect!” Cabana ceramic dessert plates, modaoperandi.com
5. “I collect pink vintage ornaments. My friend Mary Patton designed this one, and I could not love it more.” Mary Patton Design for The Avenue sugarplum ornament, onlyontheavenue.com
6. “The Avenue is great for special clothing finds. I love a little sparkle—just because we’re at home doesn’t mean we can’t make it festive! I would wear this skirt with a cropped sweater.” Beatrice B sequin-effect pleated skirt, onlyontheavenue.com
Photography by: portrait by Julie Soefer; Paloma & Co. photo by Fernanda Varela; all other product photos courtesy of brands