Your midweek holiday party

How to host friends without the fuss

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Your midweek holiday party

Keep things simple: Make just a few dishes and buy some prepared foods to fill in the gaps.

Lisa Romerein

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Roasted Red Pepper-Tomato Soup

Pear and Blue-Cheese Pastry Triangles

White Bean Dip with Rosemary Olive Oil

Cranberry-Mint Infusion

Follow our advice here, and you'll find that a midweek party can be easier to pull off than a weekend one ― which is good, because with all of the season's office gatherings, tree trimmings, and dinner dates taking up your schedule, it might be your only chance to host a fete of your own.

The key is to keep things simple: Make just a few dishes, buy some prepared foods to fill in the gaps, and offer wine and beer instead of a fully stocked bar (don't forget the sparkling wine).

If you have time on your hands, you can add our "two-for-one" hors d'oeuvres and our cranberry-mint infusion cocktail. With a party this easy, you can finally have a little peace with your joy.


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