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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. Deb says:

    We do appetizers more than meals on holidays. Maybe an excuse to eat all day long, but it seems to work. Also having planned games with prizes seems to go over really well. I also try to have projects for the little ones, they love cutting and pasting. One year we had them find someone similiar to their parents in magazines and tell why they thought they were alike. That brought some funny comparisons. We made a simple scrapbook that we still take out and laugh about.

  2. jeannine m says:

    have something for everyone

  3. Anda says:

    Christmas music in the background, the smell of warm cookies in the oven and laughter filling the entire room :)

  4. Sharon K. says:

    I like to make lots of different cookies and treats in the weeks belore Christmas, and freeze them. Then I can easily pull out a tray of yummy homemade treats any time we entertain over the holidays.

  5. Debora says:

    Nice tray!

  6. gina bonagura says:

    This shagreen tray is so chic! Super luxe!

  7. pam says:

    When company comes, I love collecting plants/flowers from my yard and arranging them in baskets or trays.
    Just bringing a little nature inside to enjoy!

  8. Jack Miller says:

    The smell of my mothers nut bread cake she is deceased but I loved it so much!!!!!!

  9. Sylvie R. says:

    This is not strictly "holiday entertaining," but my friends look forward to our Christmas in July party. We all dress in thick, tacky sweaters, reindeer headbands, etc, and enjoy making gingerbread, peppermint schnapps-infused hot cocoa, and everyone's cultural Christmas food. We also do a white elephant gift exchange. Who says the holidays only come once a year?

  10. Melanie says:

    I do as much as possible in advance so that I'm not stuck in the kitchen the entire party!

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