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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Do everything you can in advance

There's an expression that kids learn in grade school that applies to throwing a party: PPPPP, which means Prior Planning Prevents Poor Performance. Since poor performance = stress, we're all for simple steps for an easy-going party that lets you mingle. Cat Cora suggests simple drinks, appetizers, and desserts that can be prepared and plated for a buffet in advance. She also likes to plump up a buffet table with store-bought nibbles, such as nuts and marinated olives.