Tastemaker Tips for Flawless Holiday Entertaining

With the holidays upon us, it seems the stress of party planning is on everyone's mind. No need to freak out as we have plucked the industry's top professionals to make sure you are the hostess with the mostess. Read on for all the inside secrets to make sure your guests will eat, drink, and be more than merry. Cheers!

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    Colin Cowie - Lifestyle Guru and Party Planner to the Stars

    As the party planner for celebrities like Tom Cruise, Jennifer Aniston, Oprah Winfrey; Author of Colin Cowie Chic, among 8 other books, as well a regular guest on NBC's The Today Show, you can bet that Cowie will give you nothing short of the most perfect celebration: 

    "A savy hostess is well organized and resourceful," says Cowie.

    Tip #1: Set your table the night before and have all your serving dishes and serving pieces set out, with little stickies as to what will be served in each dish or bowl.

    Tip #2: Prepare a casserole or a dish that can be made ahead of time so you are not stuck in the kitchen cooking while the festivities are going on in the other room. This will allow you enjoy time with family and friends, and not be a slave to the stove.

    Tip #3: Or, take your favorite casserole dish to your local restaurant and have them fill it with the specialty of the house.

     

    Cowie's final tip? "When your guests show up at your door greet them calmly and well prepared with a cocktail in your hand and a warm greeting. And enjoy your holiday time together!"

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