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We’re roughly one month from December, the annual can’t-eat-another-cookie, party-every-weekend month. No matter what holiday you celebrate, this is a month jam-packed with open houses, cocktail parties and cookie exchanges. Be ready for anything — even drop-by guests — with today’s Freebie Friday giveaway,  the SkateModerne Teal Logo Tray.

SkateModerne makes couture furniture and trays in any size or pattern, but the one we’re giving away is 12 3/4″ x 12 3/4″ x 1 1/2″ and made of teal faux shagreen. (It’s both chic and environmentally friendly.) Load it up with an ombre decander filled with your favorite spirits, cocktail glasses and a few bar snacks for an instant (and portable) party.  Or, use the tray as part of an of-the-moment teal-themed party.

SkateModerne Logo TrayTo be entered for a chance to win this chic tray, simply leave us a comment in the field below before 12/11c on Monday, October 31.

This week’s question: What’s your best holiday entertaining tip? Do you have a go-to cocktail? A theme party that people look forward to all year? A super-simple homemade favor? Tell us in the comments below.

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73 Responses

  1. Anne says:

    My great grandmother's cheese straws are a must!

  2. Rita Haring says:

    WE KEEP IT SIMPLE WITH LOTS OF FINGER FOODS SO OUR FRIENDS CAN WALK AROUND AND MINGLE WITH EACH OTHER. SAUSAGE BREAD PIN WHEELS ONE OF THE FAVORITES.

  3. vintageviolet says:

    Relax and have fun! Holidays are for spending time with friends and family, so don't get so stressed that you forget that part

  4. dre-len says:

    Hi guys i am new here….:)

  5. dre-len says:

    i would like to share…that presently i am living in costa rica and we have a home that we would like to sell it, if someone is interested to retire or live in costa rica e-mail me for the info…thank you…have a wonderful night everyone….

  6. Klile5ab says:

    Doing as much preperation as possible the night before, and having great background music!

  7. Laura says:

    What’s your best holiday entertaining tip? Do you have a go-to cocktail? A theme party that people look forward to all year? A super-simple homemade favor? Tell us in the comments below.

    The simpler you make things, the better they will go. It's always really about people getting a chance to share and spend quality time with one another. So, my best tip is to invite the right mix of people who share a great deal in common. And, it's always good to have cheerful holiday music, make a bit more sparkling (candles, silver napkins, a beautiful tablecloth), hot mulled cider, good wines. No matter what, though, it's really all about the wonderful company.

  8. M. Sullivan-Pondell says:

    I find that if I cook, bake, prepare much of any holiday or "company" meal ahead of time, then I can join in the conversations and fun. Guests love to help with something like dessert, i.e., making fondue, making s'mores, dipping pretzels in microwave melted chocolates (white & brown), making imitation turtles with Rolo candies and pecan halves. They work up their appetites as they "work", and then eat their reward products. Grandchildren in particular are very pleased and proud of their accomplishments.

  9. Heidi K. says:

    I always have apple cider simmering on the stove. That way guests have something delicious to drink and the house smells incredible!

  10. NICKIE says:

    DONT SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF CHANCES ARE PEOPLE REMEBER THE COMPANY NOT THE LITTLE THINGS SO STOP BREATH RELAX AND HAVE FUN

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