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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. Angelways says:

    I set up tables, decorate,& bake cakes 2 days before a big family dinner & serve wine or egg nog.

  2. @T3XASPR0UD says:

    I always like to make food for parties that is simple, but out of the ordinary whether it be presentation or putting a new twist on a typical party food. For instance, finger paninis with artichoke hearts, roasted red peppers and cheese, calamari puffs, or mini quiches rather than the typical chips & dip or crackers with a meat and cheese tray. When I throw a party it's about the guests and my time spent enjoying their company. With just a little more effort, you'll have people talking about your party for weeks.

  3. Nancy says:

    That tray would be perfect for my new sitting area done in chocolate and aqua. I'd love to serve a nice bottle of wine with some cheese and flat breads for a very easy get together. AWESOME!!!!

  4. Andrea says:

    A group of friends actually celebrate in August. Since the holidays are so busy with family, we have a garden party in August with decoration and Christmas Carols and many courses of foods under a tent in my friend's lovely yard. It's less stressful for everyone with better weather.

  5. Felipe33 says:

    A must for entertaining is a celan and fresh smelling half bath. This is sort of a deal breaker for having a nice evening or not. Tidy up and dust for a great time with family and friends.

  6. Lea81194 says:

    I just love to serve family/friends during the holiday season. I stand on my feet a great deal but the great time others are having is worth it to me! This tray could come in handy for carrying gift bags for guests as they leave our home. I like it.

  7. SweetLiz says:

    There are 8 of us in my family. Six of us live in our original home town. We go from house to house so we can see each others decorated homes and share a drink, snack, or desert. Sometimes we start with a brunch, sometimes with a late lunch. We try to do this a week before Christmas.

  8. Dorien says:

    My Birthday is on Christmas day, so my holidays are extra complicated. My secret is to, keep it all simple. I mean, birthday candles look just fine in a pumpkin pie.

  9. Pat D says:

    Doing everything we can ahead of time so we can be calm and present with our guests. We have a tiny kitchen that doesn't really allow for a group to share in the cooking or prep, so if we are entertaining a larger group we go for simple foods that can mostly be done ahead. Candles and other low lighting to provide a cozy, warm, and inviting atmosphere. Good, but low, music in the background. Don't sweat it! If you are enjoying yourself, most likely your guests will too.

  10. wes says:

    Danish pastries made from a recipe handed down through generations and crab soup in an antique very cool crab serving bowl make our holiday parties what they are… AWESOME

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