Christmas Party Ideas

Let our hosting how-tos and quick and easy recipes inspire your celebrations this season. Find clever traditions and smart sanity savers to reduce your holiday stress (and amp up the holiday cheer). Pick up party pros’ top tips for throwing your best-ever holiday bash. We have time-saving tricks for all of your party prep, plus simple, fast, and make-ahead party appetizers and snacks. Want to step up your Cookie Swap skills? Treat yourself to Real Simple’s 61-day cookie calendar, featuring a crowd-pleaser cookie recipe a day (buckeyes, snickerdoodles, and lots more) for the entire season. And because no seasonal party is complete without some Christmas cocktails, check out our recipes for Christmas alcoholic drinks, from old classic standbys to fun, modern twists (like these delicious cinnamon cocktails). You can find thoughtful gift ideas for everyone at the party, with out editor-curated gift guide, and inventive holiday party décor ideas, too.

Inexpensive Ideas for Party Food

Don’t let sky-high food-and-drink bills crash your party. These affordable strategies let you scrimp without looking like Scrooge.

4 Crafts for Extra Christmas Tree Branches

Don’t waste those extra branches—try these easy projects instead.

10 Mini Christmas Desserts You’ll Want to Add to Your Wish List

Don’t be fooled by their tiny size. These one-bite treats, which are dangerously delicious, will be the star of any holiday party.

How to Entertain in a Small Space

Live in a shoebox? You can still be the ultimate host. Try these 10 tips and tricks from designers and entertaining experts when you throw your next dinner party.

5 Genius Ways to Style a Bar Cart for Every Occasion

It’s a serving station when you’re entertaining, a display spot when you’re not. Here are five top-shelf setups.

8 Big Batch Cocktails Guaranteed to Delight a Crowd

Because nothing dulls a party faster than getting stuck behind the bar.

6 Steps to a Stress-Free Holiday Party

From setup to cleanup, a step-by-step guide to hosting a sophisticated yet deceptively simple party.

Holiday Open-House Party Checklist

A candy cane-to-nuts schedule for a free-flowing get-together that leaves you plenty of time to enjoy your guests.