A First Timer’s Guide to Holiday Entertaining

Thanksgiving is right around the corner and with it comes the holiday season, which means it’s time for...togetherness.

Sure, a delicious meal with family and friends sounds good on paper, but holiday get-togethers become a completely different experience when you host them at your house for the first time. It was easy when all you had to do was enjoy some home cooking, catch up with Grandma, and try not to drink too much. But having your loved ones come to you for an all-important holiday dinner is a big step into adulthood — and it can be a mighty scary one!

What if you burn the main course? What if you get quietly judged by your new in-laws? What if you're hosting a celebration for a holiday you didn't grow up with? (People in mixed-faith families must know the feeling!) What if you sit Uncle Joe next to Cousin Sue and they're still having a tiff? Yes, there is a lot that can go wrong. The important thing is not to panic. We're here to help!

Our party-planning, food and etiquette experts are all primed and ready to help talk you through this intimidating time — so you can be sure to enjoy your celebration as much as your guests!

Denise Landis has been a recipe tester and food writer for the New York Times for over twenty years. She has taught cooking classes for children, teens and adults, and has a professional test kitchen in Exeter, New Hampshire. She is publisher and editor in chief of an upcoming free digital publication called The Cook's Cook: A Magazine for Cooks, Food Writers & Recipe Testers.

Seri Kertzner and Michelle Bachman are the duo behind Little Miss Party Planner, a New York based company that specialize in throwing big events in small spaces. Seri and Michelle are known for parties tailored to their clients’ interests and desires. You can follow them on twitter at @LMPSeri.

“Colonel” Anthonette Klinkerman is the CEO, Chief Etiquette Officer, of Courtesy Bootcamp™, and author of the book, Courtesy Bootcamp™ – a not-so-gentle reminder to live by The Golden Rule. Whether at home or at work, or just out and about, her courtesy reminders help create the “kinder, gentler nation” a president suggested we become a couple of decades ago.



Ricky DeMaio is a community manager at Likeable Media in New York City who handles all things SodaStream. You'll find him tweeting and posting bubbly tips on SodaStream's Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram profiles. He loves hearing from fans on social media how they flavor their day with SodaStream. You can follow him on Twitter at @RickyDricky


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