Make holiday season stress-free with our ultimate party guide: simple decorations (from the pantry or your fridge), signature cocktails and bites both sweet and savory.

Up Your

Hosting Game

Steal our savvy hosting secrets like simple apps (hello, fig-and-cheese tartlets) and show-stealing cocktails.

EVERYTHING YOU NEED
Fig, Walnut and Chevre Tartlets, Plus More Easy Appetizers

Alie + Georgia's Custom Cocktails

Alie Ward and Georgia Hardstark's Holiday Cocktail Recipes

Embrace holiday spirit(s) with Alie and Georgia's best bar tips and seasonal sips,

like spiked ciders and cocoa with a kick.

8 Holiday Cocktails with a Twist

Get Tips From the Bar Mavens

YOUR COCKTAIL PARTY PLAN

How to Throw a Holiday Cocktail Party

Rock the party circuit with this glitzy gold-

and jewel-toned holiday affair. (We promise: It's easier to execute than it looks.)

The 5 Food + Decor Elements You Need

Set the Scene

Savvy Hosting Secrets

Easy Puffy Pastry Appetizers

They key to keeping your cool when hosting a big holiday bash? Deploying these clever shortcuts and tricks.

1 Frozen Ingredient = 5 Easy Apps

Party Hosting, Made Easy

Nadia G.'s New Year's Eve

Nadia G.

Nadia G. reinvents the typical New Year's Eve bash with a fun (and boozy) party menu that'll have you ringing in 2014 with pizzazz.

See Nadia's New Year's Menu

Top New Year's Eve Recipes

Hungry, Hungry Houseguests

CHUCK'S GO-TO APPS

Popcorn Shrimp with Spicy Honey

Chile flake-flecked honey elevates popular popcorn shrimp into a party win.

Spicy Honey Popcorn Shrimp

CHEESE, PLEASE

Antipasti de Salumi Recipe

Prep a pretty cheese plate ranging from mild to sharp for an easy, no-cook starter.

Antipasti de Salumi Recipe

GO NUTS!

Chuck’s Chorizo With Arugula Pesto

Toss nuts with spices and oil, bake 'till browned and you've got homemade party snacks.

Chile-Spiced Mixed Nuts

HAVE A BALL

Mini meat or veggie balls are instant crowd-pleasers — so be sure to make plenty.

Get the party rolling with mini meat- or veggie balls (and be sure to make plenty).

Cheese-Stuffed Meatballs

Dessert on a Stick

Pecan Pie Pops Recipe

Surprise guests with skewered sweets that they can eat in one bite.

Pecan Pie Pops

Eat Your Eggnog

Eggnog Ice Cream + More Eggnog Recipes

Remix those noggy flavors into desserts that pair with your creamy cups.

Eggnog Ice Cream Recipe

Festive Brunch Beverages

How to Set Up a Bellini Bar

Turn a midday gathering into a very merry fete by setting up a beautiful breakfast bar filled with various spirits and mix-ins.

Set Up This Colorful Bellini Bar

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