Skip the complicated mains and keep things simple with these quick, delicious recipes
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Taste the Holidays
Throwing an effortless get-together is easier than it sounds. Start by compiling a short list of friends—10 to 12 people—and craft a casual yet chic menu of appetizers, a signature cocktail, and a tempting dessert. Next, add a light-hearted activity to break the ice. At a Sunset Secret House Party in Beverly Hills, artist Lindsay Swearingen taught guests simple embroidery, while chef Ashley Rodriguez whipped up dishes from her cookbook, Let’s Stay In: More Than 120 Recipes to Nourish the People You Love. You can follow their lead using the recipes and other tips that follow. It doesn’t get much easier than this.
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This sparkling cocktail is made with Jardesca, a grape spirit infused with botanicals.
A happy grocery-store accident: The shishitos and kumquats are placed near one another; both end up in your cart. You wonder, how would they taste together? Your friends will describe the combo as “magic.”
Get a little crafty and stage a group activity at your gathering. It’ll help spark conversation. Stock up on a few basic supplies—pretty cloth linens, wooden embroidery looms, embroidery needles, and a variety of floss—and invite your guests to help one another monogram their own napkin with letters or more elaborate designs.