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David Tutera's Four Fast Parties
Got About An Hour? The New York City-Based Party Pro Offers Ways to Entertain—No Cooking Required!
1. JUST DESSERTS
Who to invite: The neighbors
When: After you're done setting up the lights and decorations outside your home, bring the block together to start the season off on a sweet note.
What to serve: Tutera suggests red velvet cupcakes and madeleine cookies paired with hot cocoa. (Irish cream optional!)
2. ZEN HOLIDAY PARTY
Who to invite: Girlfriends
When: After a busy work week, host this weekend lunch to "give your guests a break with this light and laid-back atmosphere."
What to serve: Order in your favorite Chinese dishes and "simply replate to add a bit of sophistication," says Tutera. Top off the afternoon with champagne with a splash of green tea.
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3. FESTIVE FAMILY FIESTA
Who to invite: The extended family. "It's great for young, old—it's universal."
When: After bringing home a tree, invite folks over to help trim and decorate it.
What to serve: Adapt Mexican takeout by adding jalapeños to chicken quesadillas for an extra kick or mixing melted cheese with an order of guacamole for a new dip. Then, once the tree is done, gather everyone for a holiday toast over colorful Ice Blue Martinis.
ICE BLUE MARTINI
Combine 1 oz. vodka, ½ oz. blue curaçao, ½ oz. crème de cassis and a splash of lime juice. Shake, strain and pour into a martini glass rimmed with white sugar. To garnish, add a blueberry kebab.
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Reindeer piñata, $12.99; partycity.com
4. TOP YOUR OWN PIZZA NIGHT
Who to invite: Friends and their kids
When: With the kids on holiday break from school, put together this family-friendly party for a "low-key weeknight," says Tutera.
What to serve: Order plain cheese pizzas or pick up frozen pies from the grocery store. Then set out a buffet of fresh toppings such as mushrooms, bell peppers and crumbled sausage, so guests can customize their own slices. To drink? Warm cider to ward off the winter chill.
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