7 Tips for Easy Holiday Entertaining

By Bruce Weinstein & Mark Scarbrough

Plus: Great healthy cocktails and appetizer recipes.

2. Shop quickly. Grocery stores are madhouses at the holidays. There’s no sense in traveling to several to find vindaloo paste, organic blue-foot mushrooms and snails from a muddy pond east of Poughkeepsie. Plan on menu items that take standard, easy-to-find, but still healthy ingredients. Our party food always sneaks in several convenience products: cooked cocktail shrimp, the meat from a rotisserie chicken, prepared pizza dough. Who can clean, make everything from scratch and set the table in one afternoon? Well, who besides some celebrity with a battalion of sous-chefs and production assistants?

Tip 3: Plan on something for everyone. »

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