The Contributing Editor at Vogue and Co-Founder and Creative Director of Moda Operandi shares her tips for hosting the perfect mid-winter dinner for friends. See Vogue.com's feature on Lauren at home.


SIGNATURE HORS D'OEUVRE...

I serve "Deditos," a Colombian finger food — it is like a South American pig-in-a-blanket dipped in spicy guacamole.

SIGNATURE COCKTAIL...

Ginger ale and vanilla-flavored vodka. Boys say they love my Bloody Bulls.

JANUARY MENU...

Butternut squash soup, lamb chops and Momofuku Bakery cake for dessert.

ON THE TABLE...

My wedding china (Royal Copenhagen blue and white china), crisp white linens, paperwhites in long planters, family silver and Baccarat crystal glasses. After years of 'mixing it up' I'm going back to my classic roots.

ON THE PLAYLIST...

Best Coast, Tamaryn, Ariel Pink and Washed Out are amazing bands. Friends always ask me to make cds of my party mixes.

ALL GRACIOUS HOSTS KNOW HOW TO...

...Make their guests feel comfortable. I try to dress somewhere in between dressy and casual. I have had guests show up in everything from jean shorts to beaded cocktail dresses and I want to make each of them feel they are dressed appropriately!

Photo: Claiborne Swanson Frank