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From the decorations to the food, planning for a holiday party can be pretty stressful, but it can also be fun and rewarding. But where to begin? Follow our simple steps to help you get started on throwing the best holiday party of the year.

Step 1: Start with a theme. It can be a cookie swap, an elegant dinner party or even one for your pup!  Once you figure out your theme, picking out decorations and a menu will be a breeze.

Cookie Swap Holiday Party

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Step 2: Pick out a menu. Whether you’re serving appetizers, a full menu or just desserts and cocktails, choosing the right items can mean the difference between a subpar party to an unforgettable experience. Stick with your theme, and make recipes that are hearty, easy to eat and presentable.

Nut Crusted Brie with Cherry Chutney

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Step 3: Set the perfect table. Give your party a festive look with a DIY holiday centerpiece and table setting. If you’re really on a budget, make decorations using everyday household items.

Snowflake Table Runner

Step 4: Give your guests a small gift. Your party will be more memorable if you give guests something to take home. Make your own flavored liquor or a box of sweets wrapped in vintage dish towels.

DIY Flavored Liquor

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Entertain like a pro this holiday season with the help of Target and HGTV.com. For holiday celebration inspiration including party themes, easy decorating ideas and festive recipes, check out HGTV.com. From decor to party essentials, Target is your holiday entertaining destination.

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4 Responses

  1. Yolanda says:

    Exactly what I needed to get me motivated, great ideas.

  2. Aldo says:

    I really like pot luck dinner parties. Lots of food choices and less work for everyone.

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