be vegan, and then there’s something for everyone. For example, I once did a 1,000-person
turkey dinner. All of the side dishes had to be vegan. I challenged the chef and culinary team
to come up with side dishes that had no gluten, no dairy, no meat, and they were absolutely
For beverages, create a beautiful, festive water station so guests stay hydrated. It’s a time
of year for over indulgence, so water is important. Add seasonal ingredients that double as
decor, such as cranberries floating in a jug of water or blood orange. Add sprigs of rosemary
or mint or lay them out at the water station. It’s also a beautiful time of year to infuse your ice
cubes with fresh herbs, such as rosemary.
Create a bar cart for guests to curate their own drink. If they wanted to have a cozier expe-
rience, they could select a lovely spirit and sit in a quiet contemplative space or have bar carts
set in areas with smaller, cozy connection spaces for people to mingle over a snifter of brandy.
You can also set up a dark hot chocolate bar with all the fixings. Use natural pieces of wood,
bark, pines. Allow guests to curate their own hot chocolate beverage with the ingredients.
Winter is a busy time, so think of gifting people with something they can really use. Some of
my favorites are gluten-free banana bread, olive oil, maple syrup and spices for hot mulled
wine. Other great options are essential oils they can put in diffusers like peppermint, or even
scented candles, to recreate the ambience of the event at home.
A recovery kit is another great gift for this time of year, with cozy socks, a silk eye mask and
bath salts. A cashmere scarf draped over the attendee’s chair is another beautiful touch.
WINTER-THEMED PLACE SETTING
Remember to breathe. Take some deep cleansing restorative breaths to invigorate your senses
and get yourself awakened and feeling alive in
the morning. Breathe and set your intentions for
the day. Our tendency is to just run. Take time
to remember how far you’ve come this year and
enjoy the beautiful ambience of the season.
Use essential oils. Take peppermint or rosemary
oil and rub it into your scalp, temples or palms
first thing in the morning as you take deep,
invigorating breaths. Peppermint oil can also be
edible. Put a couple of drops under your tongue
if you’ve overindulged, as it helps to soothe
For beverages, keep a nice spicy chai tea by your
side, especially during busy times of production. It
keeps you warm and the spices are invigorating,
and it actually kick starts your metabolism. Keep
the sugar and dairy additives to a minimum. Try to
drink it black if you can.
Deb Gee’s Daily Ritual
Tips for Winter