If you’re looking for some entertaining ideas for the upcoming holidays, we’ve got you covered. Moms know it’s best to start planning early. Be prepared for that unexpected guest or finicky eater by taking the time now to plan an extraordinary gathering in your home. From signature cocktails to exquisite holiday décor, the following hot picks will make your soiree the talk of the holiday season.
Skinnygirl Cocktails: 100 Fun & Flirty Guilt-Free Recipes by the four-time New York Times bestselling author Bethenny Frankel will help you get the party started. Who better than the "queen of cocktails" and cast member of The Real Housewives of NYC to give us moms the 411 on holiday entertaining? With 100 easy-to-follow, guilt-free cocktails, many under 150 calories, this inclusive guide is everything you need, and more, to throw an effortless holiday gathering. It also makes for a perfect gift or stocking stuffer for a friend, sister, or co-worker.
If you’re planning a family affair, Kris Jenner’s new book In the Kitchen with Kris: A Kollection of Kardashian-Jenner Family Favorites is a must-read selection. Blending two families’ cultures and cuisines into new holiday traditions is this matriarch’s specialty. From setting a gorgeous table to planning an incredible dining experience, this reality star and momanger shares her tips and secrets with over 70 scrumptious family recipes. Whether you want to make a culinary statement or create a joyful gathering, Kris will help manage all of your holiday needs.
Sometimes our guests have dietary restrictions making it a challenge to whip up a traditional feast. No worries! CarbSmart Low-Carb & Gluten-Free Fall and Winter Entertaining: Festive Recipes That Nourish & Party Tips That Dazzle by Tracey Rollison, Misty Humphrey includes over 90 appetizing recipes your guests will devour. Designed for novice to seasoned cooks, your special guests will be feasting on such favorites as Flank Steak Pinwheels, Bacon-Wrapped Fig Jalapeno Peppers, and Chocolate Raspberry Mouse.
12 Days of Christmas With Six Sisters' Stuff: Recipes, Traditions, Homemade Gifts, and So Much More by Six Sisters’ Stuff will become your go-to guide for all things holiday inspired. Included in this wonderful entertaining book are ideas for twelve days of gifts, dinner and brunch recipes, treats, crafts, party themes and much more. Stop by their popular blog www.sixsistersstuff.com for more suggestions as to how to make this holiday season truly spectacular. And while you're there, sign up for their newsletter filled with yummy recipes your family will love.
If you prefer to make your meals ahead of time when the little ones are napping or at preschool, then check out this new release Make It Ahead: A Barefoot Contessa Cookbook by Food Network Star Ina Garten. With precise instructions as to how to create such scrumptious dishes like Ultimate Make-Ahead Roast Turkey, Gravy with Onions & Sage, and Decadent (gluten-free) Chocolate Cake topped with Make-Ahead Whipped Cream, your in-laws will be more than impressed with this year’s holiday spread.
Finally, if you are looking for some decorating ideas, our favorite pick is Southern Living Christmas All Through The South: Joyful Memories, Timeless Moments, Enduring Traditions by the Editors of Southern Living Magazine. This beautifully illustrated coffee table book combines elements of food, travel, and home into one collective celebration of style. A kaleidoscope of merriment, this keepsake book also includes menu ideas and delicious recipes for every festive occasion.
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