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Holiday Entertaining

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
Add an extra special touch to the holiday table with these festive ideas.

Getting Ready for Overnight Guests
Easy ideas for prepping your place ahead of time, so visitors feel at home.


Tide your party guests over while whetting their appetites, with these easy predinner nibbles.

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4 Step-By-Step Place Cards

Personalized produce—a tasteful way for guests to find their seats.
Photo: James Wojcik

26 Beautiful Table Settings

Elegant table-topping ideas to enhance any occasion.
Photo: Lucas Allen

12 Thanksgiving and Christmas Crafts for Kids

Simple DIY holiday projects that will keep kids entertained.
Photo: Photo: Nicole Hill Gerulat; Styling: Morgan Levine

Creative Thanksgiving Table ideas

Easy, unexpected, and festive settings for every style.
Photo: Christopher Baker
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Appetizers, Cocktails, and More

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12 Affordable Wines for Thanksgiving
What goes well with turkey? Here, a dozen easy-to-find bottles—all $15 or less—that are worthy of your feast.

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7 Ways to Serve Hors d’Oeuvres
Expert tips to get your party off on the right foot.

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Holiday Cookie Exchange Checklist

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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