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Throwing a fabulous holiday party can be a snap when you take a simple approach and utilize some proper planning for serving food and drinks.

1. Food planning is as simple as doing the math. For cocktail parties with heavy hors d'oeuvres, plan 8-10 different items and 10 items per person. You will need one person passing food for each 25 guests. If you plan a buffet, you can hire one person to keep the buffet filled and flowing for each 50 people.

2. When it comes to drinks, your best bet is to stick with beer and wine. You may be able to skip a bartender altogether and you do not have to worry about ice. Buy high quality screw top wines. Plan on each guest having 2 drinks in the 1st hour and 1 drink per hour after the 1st hour. Wine is usually 70-80% of the drinks poured so buy less beer than wine.

3. Keep things simple and you will be able to relax and enjoy your party with the guests. Your guests will surely appreciate this more than food and the drinks.

Happy Holidays!

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Liz Wallace
Century 21 Sherlock Homes - Rockville Centre, NY
Broker C21 Sherlock Homes, Rockville Centre, LI, N

Thanks for the info.  I do an open house on Christmas Day from 1 to 5 and I keep it casual and easy.

Dec 13, 2010 03:56 AM #1
Michael A. Caruso
Surterre Properties - Laguna Niguel, CA

This sure is helpful when we are all running around like crazy people during the holidays. Have a good one.

Dec 13, 2010 06:21 AM #2
Larry Lawfer
YourStories Realty Group - Newton, MA
"I listen for a living." It's all about you.

I went to a couple of parties this weekend and although they were different people, homes and neighborhoods they both shared what you have laid out above.  Beer and wine is what most people drank, but it was also possible to make your own drink as the bar was left open.  The casual and simple nature was very nice.

Dec 13, 2010 08:37 AM #3
Tina D Saporito, Your Dedicated Palm Desert, CA Realtor Since 2005
Ronald Christopher & Associates. Proudly serving Palm Desert, La Quinta, Indio, Rancho Mirage, & Palm Springs. - Palm Desert, CA
Call (760)799-8460. www.JustListedinPalmDesert.com

These tips are from a real pro, you are great at entertaining and I'm sad I'm going to miss your holiday party this year.

Dec 13, 2010 11:30 AM #4
Will Nesbitt
Nesbitt Realty at Condo Alexandria - Alexandria, VA
Nesbitt Realty is a family-run brokerage.

Great tips for the home held parties this holiday! You must be the expert when it comes to hosting a party.

Dec 13, 2010 10:07 PM #5
MeLisa Minter, Realtor
RE/MAX Space Center - Taylor Lake Village, TX
Taylor Lake Village Real Estate Broker

I love these tips.  They are spot on.

I didn't get to do a Christmas Party this year, but I am hosting Christmas again at my home.  My family loves Christmas in the Country.  They look forward to food, gift exchanges, and warm fire by the fire pit.


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