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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Buy multiples of one hostess gift

"I choose one host/hostess gift each holiday season and buy a dozen of them," says Birmingham-based food writer/editor Katherine Cobbs. "I package up each festively with a gift tag and stash them away so I always have something to grab as we make our way through the holiday party circuit." Some years she gives homemade items like smoked paprika pecans or honey from her own bees, and other years she looks for a meaningful local gift, like soy candles made in Alabama.