‘Tis the season’: 5 expert tips for seamless holiday entertaining

(BPT) – As we gear up for the busy holiday season, a foolproof plan is essential for throwing an unforgettable party everyone will be talking about. Whether it’s a casual weekend brunch, formal sit-down dinner or a glitzy cocktail party, you want to make sure the atmosphere is set, and that you’re party ready.

Interior designer and artistic advisor to LG STUDIO appliances, Nate Berkus, is not just a design guru but also an expert party planner and host.

“The key to minimizing stress during the holiday entertaining season is to keep things simple, and be as prepared as possible,” Berkus says. “Making sure everyone, including the host, is relaxed and enjoying themselves is the most important element of a good party. Whether it’s the food, the décor and anything in between, nothing should feel uptight or over-complicated.”

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5 ways to take your holiday party to the next level

(BPT) – On the one hand, the holidays are all about traditions. You and your family probably have some favorite recipes you like to cook up, or maybe it’s a trip to the tree farm or pumpkin patch. But just as much as holidays are about tradition, many have an insatiable drive to outdo themselves and try something new, to outdo the festivities of years past and make this holiday season the most memorable yet.

How can you outshine yourself this holiday season? The answer is simple: Think big. Don’t be confined to the party supplies you have around your house; stretch out and rent equipment similar to what professional party planners use. RentalHQ can connect you to nearby rental stores and help your party stand out from the usual traditional gatherings.

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Share the sweetness of the holidays with a new kind of cookie exchange

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Have a Holiday Cookie Exchange Party

(BPT) – ‘Tis officially the holiday season, and what better way to get in the spirit than sharing sweet treats with family and friends. This year, we invite you to wow your loved ones by putting a twist on the traditional cookie exchange. Featuring delicious, no-bake treats and a gifting station for your guests, there will certainly be cause for celebration.

Here are some ideas for a new kind of cookie exchange:

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Making Holiday Traditions Meaningful

How Can You Make Traditions Your Family Will Love

Christmas traditions are for personal family enjoyment. It’s a way to bring your family closer together by sharing experiences. Our family has had the tradition of going to ‘A Christmas Carol’ for the past 20 years.

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Charles Dickens’ A CHRISTMAS CAROL

The same play at the same little theater in our hometown. It would not be Christmas without seeing that play. It brings us all together to eat and play Christmas Carol trivia before we go. We look forward to it each year.

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5 Great Appetizers for Every Occasion

Bacon Wrapped Smokies

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Bacon Wrapped Smokies

 

 1    pkg. “Lil Smokies” smoked sausages

Bacon-uncooked-cut to wrap around sausages

Toothpicks

Brown Sugar

Wrap each smokie in piece of bacon strip-toothpick to hold it.

Place on cookie sheet (lined with foil or clean up is no fun)

Sprinkle generously with brown sugar.

Bake at 375-400° until brown

This is always a big hit!

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