Camilla Belle's clever hostess gift idea is perfect for any holiday party

With a classic look and an eye for sophisticated ensembles, it is no wonder that Camilla Belle has a similar approach to the holidays -- thoughtful yet simple.

We sat down with Camilla Belle at Cointreau's celebration of the cosmopolitan and chatted with her about all things holiday, starting with the festive and iconic holiday drink-- the cosmo. Camilla told us that celebrating such a classic drink "is really fun." Plus, "being in New York and celebrating a drink that was created here" makes it even more special.

She even recalled her first memory of discovering the cosmo in her hometown. "My girlfriends and I watched 'Sex and the City' back in L.A. like 'oh, okay that's what we should be drinking.'" 

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Camilla Belle during 'Blue's Big Musical Movie' Premiere at Paramount Studios in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
Camilla Belle during 2005 Sundance Film Festival - 'The Chumscrubber' Premiere at Eccles Theatre in Park City, United States. (Photo by Todd Williamson/FilmMagic)
Camilla Belle during inside arrivals at the premiere of 'The Ballad of Jack & Rose' at Chelsea West Cinema in New York, New York, United States. (Photo by Sylvain Gaboury/FilmMagic)
Camilla Belle (Photo by Tony Barson/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 15: Camilla Belle attends InStyle & WARNER BROS. Post GOLDEN GLOBE PARTY at Oasis Court at The Beverly Hilton on January 15, 2007 in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Clint Spaulding/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
Camilla Belle during Dior 2007 Cruise Fashion Show with Vogue and Everychild Foundation at Dior store in Beverly Hiils, California, United States. (Photo by Donato Sardella/WireImage)
Camilla Belle for Oscar de la Renta during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall 2007 - Heart Truth Red Dress - Backstage at Bryant Park in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage)
NEW YORK CITY, NY - MAY 7: Camilla Belle attends The COSTUME INSTITUTE Gala in honor of 'POIRET: KING OF FASHION' at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 7, 2007 in New York City. (Photo by BILLY FARRELL/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 06: Actress Camilla Belle arrives at the Madonna + Gucci Present A Night to Benefit Raising Malawi at the United Nations on February 6, 2007 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage)
NEW YORK - MAY 07: Actress Camilla Belle arrives at the world premiere of 'The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian' at Ziegfeld Theatre on May 7, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by Charles Eshelman/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 27: Actress Camilla Belle arrives at the 12th Annual Hollywood Film Festival Awards Gala at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on October 27, 2008 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
�2009 RAMEY PHOTO June 4, 2009, Beverly Hills, California Joe Jonas and Camilla Belle walking down the street together after having lunch at 'Joan's On Third' cafe. WORLDWIDE DISTRIBUTION MMI (Photo by Philip Ramey/Corbis via Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 22: Camilla Belle attends 2009 Rodeo Drive Walk of Style Awards Ceremony October 22, 2009 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
Actress Camilla Belle arrives at the Los Angeles Premiere '2012' at Regal 14 at LA Live Downtown on November 3, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
Actress Camilla Belle arrives at the 11th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards held at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on November 11, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 19: Camilla Belle attends Extra at The Grove on January 19, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/Getty Images for Extra)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 20: Actress Camilla Belle attends the 13th Annual Young Hollywood Awards at Club Nokia on May 20, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 23: Actress Camilla Belle attends the Women's Filmmaker Brunch during the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival on April 23, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 17: Camilla Belle arrives at the Wallis Annenberg Center For The Performing Arts Inaugural Gala at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on October 17, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
SANTA ANA, CA - OCTOBER 26: Actress Camilla Belle attends 'A Quest for Beauty: The Art of Van Cleef & Arpels' new exhibit opening night reception at The Bowers Museum on October 26, 2013 in Santa Ana, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 19: Actress Camilla Belle arrives at H&M Conscious Collection Dinner at Eveleigh on March 19, 2014 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 20: Camilla Belle attends NET-A-PORTER Celebrates Rosetta Getty on November 20, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for HL Group)
SANTA MONICA, CA - JANUARY 10: Actress Camilla Belle arrives at The Art Of Elysium 8th Annual Heaven Gala at Hangar 8 on January 10, 2015 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 09: Actress Camilla Belle attends the premiere of 'Jurassic World' at Dolby Theatre on June 9, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
VANCOUVER, BC - SEPTEMBER 16: American actress Camilla Belle attends Nordstrom Vancouver Store Opening Gala Red Carpet at Vancouver Art Gallery on September 16, 2015 in Vancouver, Canada. (Photo by Andrew Chin/Getty Images for Nordstrom)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - NOVEMBER 05: Actress Camilla Belle attends the Screen Actors Guild Foundation 30th Anniversary Celebration at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on November 5, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 06: Camilla Belle attends Tory Sport Store Opening at Tory Sport on April 6, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images for Tory Sport)
PACIFIC PALISADES, CA - OCTOBER 15: Camilla Belle arrives at the 7th Annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic at Will Rogers State Historic Park on October 15, 2016 in Pacific Palisades, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 07: Honoree Camilla Belle attends The Art of Elysium presents Stevie Wonder's HEAVEN - Celebrating the 10th Anniversary at Red Studios on January 7, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by C Flanigan/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 01: Actress Camilla Belle attends the Victoria Beckham for Target Launch Event on April 1, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/ Getty Images for Target)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 14: Camilla Belle, wearing Bottega Veneta, at the Hammer Museum 15th Annual Gala in the Garden with Generous Support from Bottega Veneta on October 14, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Donato Sardella/Getty Images for Hammer Museum)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 02: Camilla Belle attends Cointreau Celebrates The Cosmopolitan and The Art of La Soiree with Camilla Belle at La Sirena on November 2, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Bennett Raglin/Getty Images for Cointreau)
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When it comes to her go-to holiday party outfit, Camilla explained that you can't go wrong with "just a simple cocktail dress and [then] add a little pizzazz with shoes or jewelry or a pop of lip." And as far as entertaining goes, her #1 tip for all hosts and hostesses is to a must total: "plan ahead. Organization is key."

Our favorite holiday tip from the starlet? Definitely her creative hostess gift idea -- a cookbook! "It depends on who I’m seeing, I think obviously flowers are really lovely, but... I also love cookbooks, so that's something I’m a big fan of as well, and I have a ton at home. That's usually a nice gift and anyone would appreciate a really nice cookbook," the actress explained.

Make Camilla Belle’s Sparking Holiday Cosmopolitan at home!
3/4 oz Cointreau
1 ½ oz Vodka
1/2 oz Fresh lime juice
1/2 oz Cranberry syrup
1 ½ oz Champagne
 
Combine all ingredients in a shaker
Shake vigorously with ice and strain into a champagne flute
Top with champagne
Garnish with frozen cranberries

Find your new favorite holiday cookbook below!

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