Get ready for the holiday party season with easy appetizer recipes, tips on setting a pretty table and more.
Holiday Party Pointers
4 Decorative Napkin Folding Ideas
You don't have to be an origami master to make a linen napkin feel extra special.
Simple table decorating ideas that are fun, festive, and a little spooky!
Photo: Photo: Nicole Hill Gerulat; Styling: Elizabeth MacLennan
Don’t let sky-high food-and-drink bills crash your party. These affordable strategies let you scrimp without looking like Scrooge.
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Beautiful ideas to dress up your table.
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People have distinctive “personalities” as hosts. What’s yours?
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You bake one kind of cookie, you end up with a flavorful assortment to last through the holidays―that’s the idea behind a cookie exchange. Here’s how to organize one.
- Invite friends. Remember, you’ll be baking enough cookies for every guest to take home, so don’t invite the entire neighborhood. Shoot for eight to 10 friends who like to bake and who will have fun spending an evening together.
- Determine how much everyone will make. Typically, guests bake a dozen cookies for every attendee. But a half dozen would work if the party is large (say, more than 10 participants) or if you just want a sampling of treats, not enough to feed an army over the holidays.
- Set ground rules. Yes, it’s a party, but if you slave over homemade rugelach, you may not be happy when a friend shows up with slice-and-bake. Let guests know what the parameters are—such as, cookies should be made from scratch and holiday-themed.
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