How to plan a conscious holiday party

We asked holistic party guru Lucie Boshier for some easy tips on how to make your holiday party more "conscious."
Lucie Boshier
Lucie Boshier (far right) and guests at one of her Wild Parties for Conscious Living.

As a hot designer in New Zealand, Lucie Boshier found her favorite part of fashion was putting together experiences—shows and parties that would take people out of their normal life experiences and transport them into another world.

Boshier, now in New York, combined that love with her passion for holistic living to create Wild Parties for Conscious Living.

“Laughter, friendships, and relationships add immeasurably to our longevity,” she says. “But I feel like there’s not much for people who live consciously, who want to have fun and party and be transported into an exotic and inspiring place without having to feel like crap the next day.”

We asked the holistic party guru for some easy tips on how to make your holiday party more “conscious.” (And good news, you’ll still be able to work out the next day!)

1. Shop with mindfulness. This creates the basis for infusing mindfulness into the experience. Shop with canvas shopping bags, use cloth napkins instead of paper, create a menu that’s more plant-based, and choose meats that come from local, free-range farms.

2. Ask guests to bring something cool. Sure, wine is nice, but Boshier often asks guests to each bring a single flower and then puts them all in one vase. “You end up with a mad and beautiful flower arrangement that symbolizes the uniqueness of each person there, but also the togetherness of the group,” she says. “Bringing people together is so spiritual.”

3. Encourage connection. The magic happens when people engage in meaningful conversation and start to form relationships, so encourage communication wherever you can. Boshier says this can be as simple as designing flat centerpieces that don’t prevent people from talking across the table or initiating a dance party.

4. Sow gratitude. Make a toast to thank your guests for coming, thank the chef (and the farmer) for the amazing food, and so on. You can even have everyone go around and say what they’re thankful for. “That doesn’t necessarily have to just be a Thanksgiving thing,” she says.

5. Make it beautiful.  Boshier generally chooses a theme or “feel” for parties based on an era, deity, or ceremony. “The playful and theatrical side of it is so important to me because it transports the guests to another place, almost a dream-like place or another dimension,” she explains. “I believe it awakens our spirituality and creativity.” —Lisa Elaine Held

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