EXCLUSIVE: Jonathan Adler and Simon Doonan's Complete Guide To Throwing The Best Holiday Party Ever

Jonathan shows us how to kick back and relax—with a little help from a cheerful canine.
Which do you prefer: a sit-down holiday dinner or a casual cocktail party?

JA: Nothing’s worse than being shackled next to someone boring. Casual cocktail parties—or mocktail parties, in our case—allow guests to mix, mingle, and motor quickly if needed.

SD: A sit-down dinner is good for older relatives to feel comfy and focused on conversation. At the end of the day, casual is my preference—you can sit anywhere, you’re not stuck next to anyone boring and everyone enjoys circulating.

via Instagram/@jonathanadler

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We're not ones to play favorites, but when it comes to ranking the most stylish couples on the planet, Simon Doonan and Jonathan Adler seriously take the proverbial cake. Both have parlayed their top-of-the-notch taste into incredibly successful careers—Simon's the creative ambassador at large for Barneys New York and a bestselling author to boot, while Jonathan's namesake collection of peppy, modern home goods and accessories has earned him a cult following. They also happen to be two of the funniest people in the entire fashion industry, as any editor who's spent time in their company (or read their books) can attest.

So when it comes to throwing a holiday party, Simon and Jonathan really know their stuff. From decorating their space to reflect the season to serving up snacks and helping guests mingle, the duo does it all with ease—and style, of course. So with the December party circuit already in full swing, we asked fashion's favorite power couple to spill some of their tried-and-true tips for hosting a memorable holiday shindig—and they were more than happy to oblige. Click through above for Simon and Jonathan's favorite invitations, decorations, drinks and much more!

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