Are you planning to host a festive soiree for the holidays?  A little bit of holiday party prep can go a long way to ensure less stress and more cheer.  Here are a few fabulous and festive recipes, DIYs and design ideas!


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10 Ways to Make Your Home Smell Like Christmas via The Kitchn

Create the perfect cozy atmosphere to set the mood for your holiday.  The Kitchn’s list 10 Ways to Make Your House Smell Like Christmas features a variety of ways to set the tone.

Appetizers & The Menu


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Planning which appetizers you’re going to serve ahead of time will allow you to focus on the main menu.  Once again The Kitchn comes to the rescue with 20 Fast and Fancy Appetizers for Your Holiday Party.  Plenty of these savory, delectable apps are easy to make; simply bookmark your favorites!


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If this is your first time hosting your own holiday party, or you are looking to mix things up, try Chef Mary Payne Moran of Hail Mary, Food of Grace’s menu for a festive feast.

Cocktail Hour


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Bon Appetit (Michael Graydon & Nikole Herriott)

Now is the time to adorn your barcart with your best crystal for cocktail hour.   This year I definitely want to try Bon Appetit’s Under-the-Mistletoe Punch, which can be made ahead of time!  This Cranberry Ginger Fizz Cocktail is also a tasty option to serve.

The Centerpiece


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Create a notable tablescape with fresh flowers!  An original, hand-assembled bouquet adds a personal touch and is a wonderful conversation piece.


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