7 Tips for Easy Holiday Entertaining

By Bruce Weinstein & Mark Scarbrough

Plus: Great healthy cocktails and appetizer recipes.

1. Keep your guests awake. Once, we served an enchilada buffet: six kinds, chips too. By 8:30, everyone was in a carb coma. Did someone really unbutton their pants? Researchers at the University of Manchester have found that some brain cells are actually sluggish after too much food. Fluctuating glucose apparently affects those cells’ production of proteins called orexins, which regulate levels of consciousness. Perhaps that explains why unlikely romantic matches occur at holiday parties. Not paying attention, are we? Solve the problem of drowsy brains by serving lighter fare and plenty of vegetables so your guests can enjoy the party—and not pair up in socially awkward ways.

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