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How Sweet Tooth Hotel’s Jencey Keeton Does the Holidays

Wish you had a cheat sheet for how to make the most of the holidays? Look no further.
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Illustration by Emily Olson

We asked Dallas tastemakers for their seasonal staples—those items that, for them, the holidays wouldn’t be complete without. Sweet Tooth Hotel founder Jencey Keeton shares her favorites.

Favorite place to buy gifts: Half Price Books flagship on Northwest Highway

Favorite hostess gift: A curated art or design book based on their personal style

Go-to place for gift wrap: Read Between the Lines has the cutest gifts bags and cards

Best place to buy a holiday party outfit: Dolly Python or Vintage Martini for something unique that has some history

Go-to holiday catering company: Mesero. Feliz Navidad!

Go-to source for holiday tabletop and serving pieces: Lula B’s Design District for vintage holiday finds

Go-to holiday cocktail or spirit: A tried-and-true hot toddy or mulled wine made on the stove

Favorite non-alcoholic holiday drink: Gruene Coffee Haus’ “Texas Pecan” coffee

Favorite holiday sweet treat: Gingerbread or pies from Empire Baking Company

Dish your holiday spread would be incomplete without: Sweet potato casserole with vegan marshmallows

Favorite holiday tunes: “Christmas is All Around” from Love Actually

Favorite holiday flick: Love Actually is the only movie to watch during the holidays

Favorite holiday scent: Glade’s “Ginger Spice Oh So Nice”

Go-to source for holiday décor: Etsy

Must-have decorative item: Porcelain Christmas tree and gingerbread house made by my grandmother

Favorite holiday tradition: We always make a Christmas Eve meal with my family that is Thai or Chinese inspired, since my dad is from Bangkok.

Favorite holiday event in Dallas: Sweet Tooth Hotel Holiday Pop-up! We fill our space with Christmas trees and have a 20-foot shipping container filled with a magical forest.

Best Santa in Dallas: I haven’t been to see Santa since I was a kid, and they scare me.

Anything we missed?: The best dive bars to take visiting relatives to are Cosmo’s, Lakewood Landing, and Ships Lounge.

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