The global pandemic may have postponed our annual in-person holiday parties and celebrations, but all is not lost. Like most other things, you can shift the fun to a virtual format while still bringing all of the grandeur you enjoy.

Celebrity stylist Jason Bolden and his partner, interior designer Adair Curtis, are dishing on how to do your virtual gatherings the right way–and from the comfort of your home.

Both men know how to truly live grand, and they have decided to share their secrets with the world.

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Decorating your space

Curtis, an interior designer, knows a thing or two about bringing life to a space. He also knows how to set the mood for any occasion as well.

“One very important element to a successful gathering is the lighting, Curtis said in a statement. “The more candles the better.”

He suggests playing with candle holders of different heights to bring even more drama to your room. In addition to candles, he suggests finding the perfect scent to create a mood, and adding dramatic vases in the background, too.

Creating the perfect ‘fit’

If you were attending a holiday gathering in-person, you likely would get super fly so that your photos come out cute. Although you’re home and on a computer, getting dressed up is an added confidence booster.

Stylist Jason Bolden has worked with some of the best of the best, in Black Hollywood so he wouldn’t steer us wrong.

“A statement silk can also double as a pocket scarf or headband— an automatic way to elevate your outfit,” he said.

If you don’t want go all out, then you could do like most people and only get cute from the waist up. Either way don’t forget to accessorize.

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The perfect holiday drinks

Make sure your bar is fully stocked, to ensure you have an amazing night. The couple always has a cocktail shaker, jigger, and strainer on hand to create great drinks.

“A soiree is never complete without an elevated cocktail. Our favorite is the Grand 75, and of course the proper bar ware to mix and serve.”

Jason and Adair make their Grand 75 with Grand Marnier Cordon Rouge, fresh-squeezed lemon juice, simple syrup, dry French Champagne and an orange peel.

Of course, the possibilities are endless on the types of cocktails you can create for your at-home, so dig up your favorite recipe.

We hope these tips were helpful as you plan your upcoming holiday events.

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