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Host a stress-free holiday party with these five helpful tips from entertaining expert, Mark Addison.New York City-based entertaining expert and event designer to the stars Mark Addison shares his top tricks for hosting a stress- and stain-free party.
1 A polite reminder of house rules can be made to avoid accidents and stains, but messes are bound to happen at a party, so keep a stain fighter handy.
2 Premix a specialty cocktail to keep liquor costs down and make it easier to serve drinks. Don’t forget extra ice, and keep the chilling ice and serving ice separate.
3 If you see a carpet spill and can treat it right away, then do so. But save the major cleanup for after guests leave the party.
4 Tidy up by clearing dinner plates from the table and moving them into the kitchen. Otherwise, you should honour your guests by giving them your full attention.
5 If you’re a guest attending a party, an appropriate hostess gift is anything that will not disrupt her plans and won’t require arranging or serving.
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