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The holiday season is here!  And guess what?  You have been appointed to throw a party.  Yes, you!    Don’t fret.  It will be grand and everyone will remember it as being the best holiday party of the year.

1.  First things first.  The theme and invite. 
Determine your theme by using sites such as Pinterest to get the creative juices flowing.  Create a fun invite with free online tools such as Pic Monkey and Evite.  There are hundreds of beautiful designs that will go with your soiree tone and personality. Photobucket 2.  Natural is better.
Use your natural surrounding for décor inspiration.  Beautiful fruit such as red and green apples, cranberries and deep red pomegranates are great centerpiece accents.  Use pinecones, cinnamon sticks, pretty stones, flowering blooms and pine tree branches for unique details.

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3.  Eco-chic is in!
Paper or plastic?  Neither!  Use plant based disposables such as bamboo plates.  They are very nice looking and you won’t feel guilty throwing them out.  Their design is pleasing to the eye and are very durable.

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4.  Serve simple food
Easy five-ingredient appetizers are the rage.  Use easy to use, versatile ingredients and put a spin on the classic favorites by mixing and matching flavors.  Bake small cutouts of puff pastry as mini pizzas.  Drizzle cheese and fruit with balsamic vinegar or serve mini tamales, crostinis or cucumber slices with ricotta and herbs. Photobucket

5.  Have fun!
Don’t be afraid to ask your family and friends for help cleaning your house, planning the party menu, going grocery shopping and mixing and serving drinks.  They will be more that glad to help out.  By following a to-do list or a game plan, you will be the one having he most fun at your own party! Do you have any favorite holiday entertaining tips to share?  Tell me!

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November 27, 2012