No-Fuss Holiday Cocktail Party

All you need is one hour to pull together an updated holiday cocktail party. Ready, set, ho ho ho!

Cocktail Party Menu:

60-Minute Party Plan
Great food, jazzy cocktails, hip music, and sophisticated style--all in 60 minutes. Think we're kidding? Use our plan, put it all together, and still have time to glam it up. Now, set the timer and go!

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You have groceries, ice, and flowers. Put your plan in action--guests arrive in an hour.

Super Simple Decorations
Get fresh and sassy with your decorations. Inexpensive feather boas can replace traditional greenery on the mantel. Fill a vase with lights and beaded garland. Suspend glass candleholders in a window, and construct a simple, square wreath dressed up with one perky flower.

You're Invited
Party invitations rain down like snowflakes this time of year. Make yours stand out. Print your message onto card stock, and cut each section into a circle. Punch holes at the top and bottom of each piece, and thread onto a wooden dowel. Finally, dress it up with shiny pipe cleaner to resemble olives.

Purchase a yard of white vinyl from the fabric or crafts store. Cut it into rectangles. Use several as table runners under serving pieces. Punch holes, about three inches apart, down each side of another piece. Fit the vinyl around a glass cylinder vase, leaving two inches uncovered. Begin at the top, and lace it together with a narrow ribbon. Tie it in a small bow at the base.

Music Mix: Instant Party

"Boogie Woogie Santa Claus"
"Jingle Bells"
"Santa Claus Baby"
"We Wish You a Merry Christmas"
"Winter Wonderland"
"Baby, It's Cold Outside"
"Cool Yule"
"Underneath the Mistletoe"
"(Everybody's Waitin' For) The Man With the Bag"
"The Christmas Song"

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