The cries of resistant naysayers notwithstanding, the onset of November means that the festive season is inevitably, inescapably upon us.

A perfect time, then for us to reveal our annual all-stinging, all-dancing, queen bee of an Entertaining Issue! In typical Wallpaper* style, it's replete with a masterful cover – this month designed by Studio Job. As you'd expect from the Antwerp-and-Netherlands-based practice, it's vivid enough to instantaneously blow any of those nascent winter blues away.

Inside, Editor-in-Chief Tony Chambers kicks things off with a candid reflection on cranking his amp up to 11 and kicking out the jams with Tom Dixon's band Rough, at the designer's recent pop-up Multiplex store party at London's Selfridges Hotel.

The party theme continues in spirit(s), with our masterful, Waugh-inspired and cocktail soaked interiors shoot – with a host of delectable drinks and irresistible nibbly recipes supplied alongside; while there's more booze afoot in our inaugural Wine & Design* column, which sees us explore (you guessed it) wine-related design, temples to tipple and extraordinary vinophemera from around the world.

Of course, half of the effort of entertaining comes with the organising – and with Swiss stationer Hieronymous, party invitations take on a new crease of life. The company's understated papers – we've supplied a step-by-step guide to making your own tiny tuxedos – complement a superlative survey of the season's finest soirée-ready timepieces. A minimalist supper club shoot and a series of figure-hugging evening essentials rounds out our party coverage.

Hangover-fuel asides, our cover creators Job Smeets and Nynke Tynagel reveal their bold maximalist marvel of an Amsterdam pad; while Mexico City's leading creative couple – artist Pedro Reyes and fashion designer Carla Fernández – do the same with their rather more austere, but no less breathtaking, concrete palace in the Latino capital.

Finally, we reveal the winners of our Best Urban Hotels 2015, as well as giving a more detailed tour of Lake Como's Grand Hotel Tremezzo, recently transformed into an irresistible super spa by the local architectural firm Venelli Kramer – essential restorative spaces given the preceding decadence. And to think, we're still six weeks from Christmas.