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Lucky: What's your definition of a perfect holiday party?
Jonathan Adler: Groovy tunes, tasty bites, interesting guests and a hot stripper. Just kidding about one of these (you pick which one). People are coming to spend time with you, not judge you on your food or décor—so don’t stress too much!

Simon Doonan: Informal, informal, informal. It ensures there’s no stuffy vibration.

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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.
What's the most memorable holiday party you ever attended?
SD: It was at Beth Rudin DeWoody’s gorgeous, art-filled fantasy house in Florida. It’s a fantastical palazzo, and she made it even better by adding a dash of informality by having food trucks on site handing out delectable nibbles.

JA: My food philosophy when it comes to the holidays—and every day, really—is more is more is more. As such, I agree with my hubby—Beth DeWoody’s party was a smorgasbord of delights that continues to set the bar.
When it comes to invitations, do you go the paper or email route?
JA: Email, email, email. My handwriting is atrocious, so I use e-cards from my collaboration with Paperless Post.

SD: J’adore email.  The response is quick and it’s efficient.
Finish this sentence: At a holiday party, you can never have enough...
JA: Gold. Gold tones, from brass to bronze to copper, are looking very meow-ish.

SD: Joie de vivre. And alcohol doesn't hurt. We don't drink, but other people really seem to enjoy it.
What are your signature holiday cocktails—either to drink or to serve?
SD: Sparkling water. I'm boring, but I cover it up by using bright glassware.

JA: Ditto to what my adorable Little Buddy said.
When it comes to decorating for a holiday party, what are a few of your decorating must-haves?
JA: You know how in Goldfinger, Shirley Bassey sings “she loves only gold?" I think she was singing about moi. Gold gold gold. If it's not twinkling gold, it should be Lucite!

SD: I love a piñata. It’s a gorgeous objet that injects a note of informality. And I love an improbable centerpiece.
What are some good theme ideas for holiday parties?
SD: It’s fun to go retro: Gatsby, 1950s California surfer, or go oceanic and fling a few starfish around. My personal must-attend fete looks like a 1970s freaky, psychedelic Andy Warhol Factory with tinfoil everywhere.

JA: I love a retro soiree. Anything that could be 1960s or 1970s.  I like the combo of mod and hippie, glam and groovy.  Everyone loves a fondue fête.
What sort of music is best to play at a holiday party? Any must-include favorites?
JA: I have the musical tastes of a 13-year-old girl. It’s Ke$ha, Katy Perry, and Pitbull all day long.

SD: We love '70s funk, '90s rap, and I love Motown. And everyone loves ABBA whether they admit it or not.
How do you prefer to decorate the tree?
JA: I keep it minimal by picking two colors, but make it maximal by packing on the ornaments.

SD: Put anything on it. Express yourself. Do a Southwest tree, or an Andy Warhol tree, or get postcards of your favorite artist’s work and pin them all over. For my favorite tree, I used copper pot scrubbers. They’re bright, have great texture, and one trip to Home Depot and you’re done!
Walk us through the perfect holiday table settings, please!
JA: Make the table chic, symmetric, and graphic. Place cards let people know it’s a fancy soiree, but our brass Muse set is surreal and irreverent so it’s not too stuffy. Instead of flowers, I like a bowl in the middle packed with something unexpected and seasonal, such as pine cones or silver balls. Most importantly, leave room for plates with oodles of food.
What food do you prefer to serve?
SD: We like simple food.  Everyone loves a chicken leg or guacamole. Think of the things that people actually LIKE to eat and serve those.

JA: Simple is best. Roast chicken, vegetables, apple pie. No one wants some weird crisp served with a reduction of something and drizzle of something else unpronounceable.
Have you ever encountered any holiday party disasters? Do tell!
JA: The only disaster is when the host invites boring people. When you’re at a party, it’s your duty to be an up-for-anything funster.

SD: Once a friend used real candles and the tree caught fire. Everyone threw their drinks on it, which made it worse because of the alcohol! Someone finally broke out a fire extinguisher and saved the day.
If your guests don't know each other, what sort of icebreakers are good to try?
JA: Bring a game as a hostess gift. If the conversation lags, everyone can play and unleash their competitive spirit!

SD: We hate small talk. It’s better to ask deeply profound questions such as, “Are you happy with your life?” or “How can we achieve world peace?” Everyone prefers that to boring small talk about the weather.
What are your thoughts on DIY decorations?
JA: I love a homemade craft-tastic bauble.  When in doubt, add more: the holidays are not a time to skimp.

SD: In the UK, people make paper chains. They’re poppy, friendly and fun.
What's the best holiday gift you've ever received? How about the best you've ever given?
JA: When I first met Simon, my nickname for him was Truffles. I made him a really nifty vase that I wrote “Truffles” on, and he still keeps it on his desk to this day. It’s sentimental and it looks chic even though it’s almost officially an antique.

SD: The best gift I ever got was when Jonny came home with our pup Liberace 14 years ago. The best gift I ever gave was to my mum. I gave her a vintage Mexican silver charm bracelet that she wore for the rest of her life.
What are a few holiday gifts you like to buy in bulk every holiday season—say, for people you don't know very well or for last-minute presents?
JA: Socks. Good for ladies, good for gents, and they fit everyone. It’s my personal mission to bring back the ankle as an erogenous zone.

SD: Fluorescent gloves. They’re fab, inexpensive, and when everyone walks home they’ll show up in the dark.
Lastly, what are your thoughts on giving out party favors at the end of the evening? Any suggestions?
JA: Everybody loves a present. At Thanksgiving, I gave everyone one of my Zebra Carnaby Stacking Dishes—they’re cheerful and perfect for all your bits and bobs.

SD: I love those party horns that unfurl as you give them a blow. They’re cheeky and they’re noisy and they’ll wake the neighbors.