1 This is the fabulous New York Polyphony - Craig Phillips (bass), Christopher Herbert (baritone), Geoffrey Williams (countertenor), and Steven Wilson (tenor) - They opened the show with the beautiful 'Gabriel’s Message,' a traditional holiday carol.
2 The set kitchen is decorated beautifully with evergreen garlands and mercury glass ornaments.
3 And, of course, candy in soft shades of green
4 I love how these peppermint striped amaryllis look embellished with silver foliage.
5 A silver tinsel tree with green balls
6 Another view of the kitchen
7 What could be more holiday than a crimson amaryllis?
8 Mercury glass ornaments nesting on fragrant evergreens upon an ironstone platter
9 A gorgeous lily arrangement
10 Even pears look terrific when arranged on aromatic juniper greens and berries.
11 A fragrant bay leaf wreath
12 And my favorite pomegranates
13 White amaryllis in full bloom - simply elegant!
14 The potting shed area of the studio is all decked out for the holidays. The bin contains artificial snow, which was being added to the set before the show.
15 Our prize sleigh filled with goodies for some lucky winner - New items are added each day.
16 A polar bear scene against a red backdrop
17 A mossy corner with little red cardinals
18 A demilune table with feather trees, a menorah, and gelt
19 It was our annual cocktail party and audience members who were seated on the studio floor, sat at festive round tables.
20 The audience was told to dress in cocktail attire.
21 And they got to sip Fever-Tree Ginger Ale http://www.fever-tree.com/ through festive paper straws, made by Kikkerland - an audience give-away. https://www.kikkerland.com/products/paper-straws-box-of-144-red/
22 This is the door through which the audience enters and exits the studio.
23 The tray features my original Entertaining book, as well as my recent Martha's Entertaining: A Year of Celebrations. http://shop.marthastewart.com/Marthas-Entertaining-A-Year-of-Celebrations/A/0307396460.htm
24 The audience looked so great!
25 Joey Kola warming up the crowd, although he strained his voice singing Christmas carols over the weekend.
26 Preparing the Twist and Sparkle for the opening - It is a beverage carbonating system, an audience give-away from Williams-Sonoma. www.williams-sonoma.com
27 One segment was filled with ideas from Event Designer, Bronson Van Wyck about how to set up a holiday bar that encourages self-service.
28 One way is to have flavorful infused vodkas ready for pouring.
29 Another is to have cocktail recipes written out on chalkboards.
30 Here's a citrusy champagne cocktail called 'French 76.'
31 Another audience giveaway were these rolls of disposable tear-off cotton cocktail napkins by MYdrap.
32 An inexpensive way to add a personal touch to the bar is with personalized stirrers.
33 During commercial breaks, there is always flurry of activity with Joey handing out prizes and telling jokes.
34 Sarah Mastracco prepped the next segment with Bronson Van Wyck demonstrating a really good bloody Mary mixer.
35 These are the ingredients for the Hellfire Club Bloody Mary Mix.
36 My makeup artist, Daisy Schwartzberg, popped on set for a touch-up.
37 Bronson said to add a cup and a half of vodka to the mix, but I prefer to pour by feel instead of measuring!
38 For my bloody Mary garnish, I chose a stalk of celery and a cucumber spear. I said I like to drink them without alcohol and Bronson said that in Australia, that drink is called a bloody shame!
39 Posing with Lindsay Reiss, Collins Cherry of Van Wyck & Van Wyck, and Bronson Van Wyck
40 TV Chef Thomas Joseph demonstrated his winning recipe for Brown Butter Nuts with Rosemary and Thyme.
41 Our next segment was all about bitters, which are often described as a bartender's 'salt and pepper.' Bitters have had quite a resurgence in the last few years.
42 Brad Thomas Parsons, author of the book, 'Bitters,' showed how to make a delicious Cranberry Crush cocktail.
43 It includes both orange and cranberry bitters, candied ginger, cranberry syrup, gin, Ramozotti bitters, lime juice, and tonic water. Garnish with a lime twist! http://www.marthastewart.com/873195/cranberry-crush
44 With Brad Thomas Parsons, who generously shared 'Bitters' as an audience give-away. btparsons.com
45 The New York Polyphony closed the show with another wonderful song and then took questions from the audience.
46 Because they performed one song in French, this woman asked what other languages they sing in.
47 Chris, who is fluent in Arabic, listed Latin, English, Italian, Spanish, and German. He has also sung in Polish and Portuguese, but not in Arabic, yet.