31 No-Stress Holiday Entertaining Tips

No need to run yourself ragged over the holidays. Try these tips for simple, elegant holiday entertaining.
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Ration your treats

Here you go: 4,500 calories and 229 grams of fat! That's how much the average American may consume on Thanksgiving, according to research from the Calorie Control Council. And we know Christmas and Hanukkah parties are equally as caloric. Yikes! There are lots of ways to slim down a holiday meal, but also tricks to prepare yourself for the meal. Eat a little snack before your party or big meal. Offer to bring a lower-calorie dish or a non-alcoholic beverage if you're invited to dinner. If you plan ahead you can avoid the worry of over-indulging.