Jumpstart January with an After-the-Holidays Party

Laura Umansky, Founder and Creative Director of Laura U Interior Design

By Elizabeth Bonner Czapski
Photography by Leah Wilson and Hannah Swiggard

As the flourish of holiday festivities draws to an end, resist winter’s drear and throw a party! You can borrow from the lingering magic of the celebratory season. Find inspiration in this simple yet sophisticated soirée hosted by Houston-based interior designer Laura Umansky with the help of a team of local talents.

“A wintry cocktail party with good friends is a great way to extend the joy after the holidays have ended,” Laura says. “This year, I hosted a group of exceptional Houston ladies for a glamorous late-afternoon fête at my home. I always want my guests to feel special and, to me, that means the party must be beautiful yet effortless.”

Laura enlisted Elizabeth Whitehead, founder of Your Butler’s Pantry, for unique table wares sourced from estate sales and antique shops. Layla Asgari of Joy Box Flowers fashioned the floral arrangements and Kelli Bunch of KB Table developed the delectable menu. These complementary collaborations resulted in a gracious gathering that welcomes the new year.