Christmas Party Dos and Don'ts

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As we mentioned with our guide to a do-ahead Christmas party, being prepared is key. But sometimes, there’s more to a great bash than making the punch ahead of time. Here are some simple do’s and dont’s that will ensure Christmas cheer.

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DO make as much ahead as possible, even if it means starting a week before. Check out our party timeline for a guide.

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DON’T panic if you don’t have everything ready on the dot; just be sure the punch and at least one hors d’oeuvre are set out.

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DO make sure you have enough punch or backup booze: It’s what keeps the party going.

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DON’T forget to make the table colorful, from the food to the plates and napkins.

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DON’T feel that all the food has to be in one place. Creating stations around the room (or house) prevents bottlenecks and promotes mingling.

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DO enlist someone to help keep an eye on the stations so you’ll know when to refill serving bowls.

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DO have plastic containers or bags at the ready so friends can take home leftovers. That ham is big.

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DON’T forget to plan your leftover brunch. Enjoy the jam tarts with coffee; spread the salmon dip on bagels; and dice the ham and cube the rolls for a breakfast casserole.

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DON’T forget the antlers for the family dog.

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As we mentioned with our guide to a do-ahead Christmas party, being prepared is key. But sometimes, there's more to a great bash than making the punch ahead of time. Here are some simple do's and dont's that will ensure Christmas cheer.

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