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Tips to turn you fete from fair to fabulous


Entertaining at home is a great way to celebrate any occasion.

Perhaps the easiest and most stylish way to entertain this season is to be the host of a casual get-together, such as an after-work party or mixer for neighbors and colleagues. Here are a few simple tips to help you organize a standout party.

• Create a glamorous space — Any home interior easily can be made more glitzy with just a little creativity. First, try sprinkling your table and bar area with shiny gold sequins or silver confetti to add some sparkle. You can replace white bulbs with pink lighting and keep them low for a sultry, soft mood. With shimmer and shine in coming back into vogue, you can take advantage of the tinsel craze — drape tinsel from windows and door frames to finish off the look.

• Turn old favorites into chic treats — Popular hors d'ouevres include finger foods like crisp veggies, cheese and crackers and sandwich squares. This year, add pizzazz to your menu by dressing up old favorites with a touch of sophistication. Celery stalks and carrot sticks are jazzed up when you serve them with cannellini bean dip and sprigs of fresh Italian parsley. Instead of wedges of cheddar cheese on crackers, give your guests something more glamorous, like fondue.

Stylish serving — No need to stick with standard serving pieces when having an elegant get-together. Use sleek, everyday items and turn them into something special. Plain cylindrical vases are a sophisticated way to serve seasoned nuts. Flat silver dishes hold a variety of hot and cold appetizers and look modern and edgy.

To help satisfy all tastes, it's best to serve one red and one white wine and be sure to keep the white wine chilled. Round off your bar with a bright fruit punch served in a clear pitcher, and several bottles of international sparkling water.

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