Holiday Party 101: Expert Stress-free Entertaining Tips

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’Tis the season for throwing elegant holiday get-togethers! Whether you’re planning a sit-down family dinner or a cocktail party for friends, sometimes hosting a holiday fête can feel more like a burden than a blessing.

That being said, online retailer zulily’s in-house trend expert, Claire Magruder, to give us her tried and true tips for hosting a simple, yet sophisticated holiday party this year. Read on for her tips:

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·        Set the Scene: Winter White parties are perfect for this time of year. Chunky and soft throws, white pillar candles, and shots of metallic confetti are great ways to add sparkle and shine to a party. Something as simple as stringing a line of pretty white lights across your mantle can also add to the festive mood!

·        Prep the Day Before: Prep your food and pre-batch your cocktails the day before so all you have to do is heat, plate and serve. Avoid the dreaded lines at the mall by purchasing all of your holiday party supplies on sites like zulily to get the best deals delivered right to your door.

·        Suit up! When tasked with hostess duties, a casual ensemble is your best bet. I love flowy, off-the-shoulder tunic tops paired with slim white trousers and a great heel.  It’s simple and sleek, and perfect for a busy hostess.

·        Keep it Light: In the end, it’s all about gathering friends and family together to celebrate the season.  So even if you experience a hiccup or two, just remind yourself to take it easy and enjoy the night!

At online retailer zulily, shoppers have something new to discover each morning including apparel & accessories, home décor, party supplies, gifts and more- all at the very best prices. Be sure to check back often on or via their mobile app to get the best deals, for the whole family, this holiday season.