We may have put the big parties on pause this year (sigh), but that doesn\u2019t have to mean tamping down the holiday spirit. In fact, in the absence of all those big bashes, making your own home festive and cozy feels more important than ever\u2014even if it\u2019s only one other person, or a few, that you\u2019re having over. That\u2019s not to say that you should be giving hosting a lot of time or effort. There\u2019s no need for that, say interior designers and couple Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent , who are all about easy entertaining. Take their go-to cocktail, a Holiday Thyme Martini made with Tanqueray London Dry Gin , for example. Instead of mixing each drink on the spot, they prep a pitcher-full ahead of time so that guests can pour their own. \u201cThat\u2019s one thing off your plate,\u201d says Berkus. \u201cIt takes some of the pressure off.\u201d Want to see how they make their Tanqueray martinis? Press play in the video above to get the recipe and their top hosting tricks, then read on for more! Dial down the temperature of your drinks Martinis taste best when they\u2019re suuuuper cold, so Berkus and Brent keep their Tanqueray London Dry gin in the freezer and dry vermouth in the fridge. \u201cPeople don\u2019t realize that instead of just adding ice at the end, you can start with chilled ingredients, which will get your cocktails even colder,\u201d says Brent, who serves theirs in frosted martini glasses for an extra-wintry look. Have a menu strategy In reality, you\u2019ll get pretty much the same wows whether you make everything from scratch or just pick one impressive \u201cheadliner\u201d to pull off (for Brent, that's usually a pomegranate-jalape\u00f1o ham) and phone in the rest (literally\u2014we\u2019re talking ordering them in from your favorite local restaurant). It\u2019s simply so much easier, and rewarding, to focus on making that one dish amazing. For the takeout, Berkus and Brent love shareable apps (bruschetta, arancini, fried olives) and rustic sides like pasta and roasted vegetables. And, of course, the key is to serve them all up in beautiful bowls and platters. Try a minimalist take on merry You could go all out on over-the-top holiday decor, but it can feel just as festive (and chic) to do a light nod to the season, says Berkus. \u201cA holiday look can be as simple as hanging a garland of white lights on a staircase and setting metallic ornaments in silver bowls on top of a table.\u201d Rethink the regular florals The two have nothing against flower arrangements but prefer using other, more unexpected objects from around the house to zhuzh up their get-togethers. \u201cWe\u2019ll fill old pottery bowls with potpourri, set out votives in sculptural vases, and turn elephant figurines from a trip to Laos into a centerpiece,\u201d says Berkus. \u201cYou can pull any interesting objects from your desk, bookshelves or cabinets to use as table decor, and they become a conversation starter.\u201d PLEASE ENJOY RESPONSIBLY. TANQUERAY London Dry Gin 100% Grain Neutral Spirits. 47.3% Alc/Vol. Imported by Charles Tanqueray & Co., New York, NY.