Holiday Entertaining Tips

Throwing a holiday party can seem daunting. Between the food, liquor, decorations, and floral arrangements, there is a lot to get to make your home festive. And when you host, you typically want a nice outfit, a refreshed hairdo, and glowing skin. 50th & France has a wide variety of businesses to help make your party planning simple and convenient. And you only have to get out of your car once with our complimentary parking. 


Have you checked out Lunds & Byerlys website with recipes featuring their products? We think the Mini Grilled Cheese Sandwiches with Brie and Cranberry Bourbon Pepper Jelly sound amazing. It's a perfect combination of comfort food but with a unique edge that will dazzle your guests. 


Christmas Champagne Cocktail from Edina Liquor

Toast family and friends with this fun, fruity and effervescent drink. - 2 ounces each orange juice

- 2 ounces raspberry liqueur (such as Chambord)

Combine in a cocktail shaker. Fill with ice and shake well. Strain into 2 flutes and top with sparkling Rosé*. Garnish with raspberries.

*We recommend Mumms Nape Brut Rose 750ml from Edina Liquor. Sale $16.99 (regular price $24.99).

Christmas Craft Beers – Great for Parties and Gift-Giving Provide your guests with variety at your holiday gathering.  Edina Liquor stocks a wide selection of Craft plus Imported and domestic seasonal and sampler pack. Try the Summit Sampler Pack, on sale for $10.95 starting Dec. 1. A great gift idea for the beer-lover on your list too!

Holiday Wine: Eric’s Picks - From Eric Pellinen, Manager at Edina Liquor 50th & France:

Mumm Napa Cuvee M (sparkling), $16.99. “This is one of my favorite domestic sparkling wines. It pairs well with sweet and spicy and at under $20 is hard to beat.”

A BY ACACIA PINOT NOIR, $11.99 sale. “Full of red cherry, raspberry and juicy dark plum flavors with fragrant oak spices. Supple tannins softly frame this pinot noir's fruit-forward flavors. A crowd-pleasing choice for all your holiday parties!” 750 mL, $19.99.


At Home & Co. - At Home & Co. has a great pillow the holiday season! Comfy for guests and stylish for the holidays. The colors and design are neutral enough to have the pillow out all winter even past the holidays. Size: 22” x 22” Price: $149 Color Ivory & Grey

Heinrich + Schultz - Wine and cheese are integral to holiday entertaining. Heinrich + Schultz has your covered. Wine Glass: $10 ea., Handcrafted Bone Cheese Spreads: $49, Marble Cheese Spreads: $59, Wood Cheese Board: $99

Live, Laugh, Love - Woodwick candles are available to warm up your home in festive scents such as Pear Cider, Cranberry, Frasier Fur, and more. 

Spruce Flowers & Home - Spruce has created a handy entertaining guide with a focus on table arrangements. 

Games for Kids

PACIFIER - Pop-Out Winter Wonderland + Gingerbread House - Create a magical world for play and display with these chunky punch-out characters. Each puzzle piece pops out and easily slots into place to create an adorable 3D scene. Ages 3+ $13 each.

What to Wear

Banana Republic - From Banana Republic's 50th & France Style Expert, Laura Madden: "The look: When you're hosting a party, the perfect look is obviously one in which you shine, since this is your chance to shine. But at the same time, it's your obligation to work the room, enjoy your guests, look great, and still feel comfortable. I chose this catchy, yet practical Flutter sleeve dress from Banana Republic, shown in Preppy navy (also in pink strawberry, $128.). The shift dress is an iconic & classic silhouette. This one, embellished with bracelet-length sleeves to discretely and perfectly show off any arm candy you might be wearing. This dress is easy to move in, so you can look cute and work the room, and feel good doing it- a host's dream dress- easy, practical, yet completely memorable! 

Shoes: I love a pop of color, especially something as classic and eye-grabbing as patent red. These flats will stun your guests! But since they are flats, you'll be properly prepared to work the room all night long, without wearing yourself out.  

Arielle Kiltie Oxford, shown in new vermillion (red) $108." 

Pamper Yourself 

Cos Bar - The Black Rose Oil from Sisley is extremely nourishing for the skin providing a luxurious and velvety texture to soothe and hydrate any skin type. It is packed with super antioxidants that provide anti-inflammatory benefits for the perfect glow. It can be paired with any serum and moisturizer to step up your winter skin wardrobe.

The Surpemya Eye Serum is one of a kind. It has an exclusive patent that inhibits chronological aging around the eye area. It has targeted anti-dark circle and anti-puffiness ingredients for an instant anti-aging effect.

Yves Saint Laurent is the best highlighter for any brightening needed for the holiday season. This perfect gold pen will illuminate any area of the face, under the eye area, and diffuse any fine lines and shadows. It can brighten any look. Quick and easy.

Cle de Peau has a perfect face luminizer that enhances any women's inner glow. This can be paired with any red extra riche lipstick for the perfect holiday look.

Jenny Patinkin is featuring a elegant 4-piece brush set embossed with Swarvosky crystals presented in travel friendly burgundy velvet case. It is the best gift for a lady of luxury.

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