The Happy Holiday Handbook

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Holiday Decorating Ideas - Home Decor for Holiday Celebrations

These snacks are so tasty, your guests might fill up before dinner even starts. By Taylor Murphy and Caroline Picard<p>From New Year's to Christmas, we have you covered for every festivity all year long with recipes, decor ideas, and seasonal upgrades.<p>Share<p>You kind of owe her one. By Caroline …

17 Stylish Hostess Gifts to Bring to a Holiday Party

Say thanks with a little something she'll want to show off.<p>01 Of 18<p>01 Of 18<p>Denim Apron<p>Here's a kitchen find that's extra thoughtful. The 12-piece collection (there are also oven mitts, pot holders and tea towels) uses recycled cotton and benefits the non-profit Whole Planet Foundation. (<i>$29,</i></i> …

Tory Burch on How to Be the Perfect Hostess

She's the fashion face that launched a thousand—and then some!— shoes. We're talking about Tory Burch and her Reva (named after her mother) ballet flat, of course. While the designer became a household name for the still ubiquitous slippers, she's proven to be anything but a one-hit wonder, …

The Best of Pop Culture Holiday Traditions

The hilarious and dramatic ways our favorite television shows feel festive.<p>01 Of 15<p>01 Of 15<p><i>Glee</i> - "A Very Glee Christmas"<p>Our adored <i>Glee</i> couple, Rachel (Lea Michele) and Finn (Cory Monteith), lead the cast with their performance of George Michael's "Last Christmas." Their reprise of the '80s hit …

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Shades so good you'll swear off hats. By Lauren Valenti<p>Is it too late to ask Santa to stick this tool in a stocking? By Kaitlin Menza<p>TFW even a bath bomb claims you're Hufflepuff. By Mehera Bonner<p>Or, conversely, to schedule purposefully so you can avoid people. By Chelsea Peng<p>And have *the* …

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12 Designers' Dogs on Christmas Morning

Pups get pampered this holiday season.<p>01 Of 12<p>01 Of 12<p>Santa Hat<p>"Our French bulldog Flo – named for legendary wallpaper designer Florence Broadhurst – was just a puppy when we got her last Christmas. We gave her an Urban Outfitters Frenchie pillow that looks just like her, but she mostly tries to …

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Holiday Traditions to Start This Year

Traditions reign supreme for creating lasting bonds and memories. So we asked readers to share the ones their families observe during the December …

How To Set A Holiday Tablescape

Whether it's a celebration planned months in advance or a dinner party pulled together the day-of, setting the table always comes first.<p>01 Of 07<p>01 Of 07<p>Step 1: Bring In A Colorful Tablecloth<p>For the holidays, start with a backdrop of color. Here, McCarthy opts for a deep plum tablecloth that richly …

The New Holiday Style Rules

Getting glammed-up this season just got a whole lot more interesting.<p>01 Of 15<p>01 Of 15<p>Shoulder Off<p>We're loving the dramatic off-the-shoulder look for cocktail hour. It's a retro way to show off some skin, as seen on siren Diana Kruger.<p>Getty Images<p>NEXTVS Fashion Show Prep: Alessandra Ambrosio

30+ Thoughtful Holiday Gifts Under $20

So you're on a budget this year — who isn't? These finds look more expensive than they really are ... just don't forget to take off the price tag …

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20 Hostess Gift Ideas to Shop This Holiday Season

What to gift the haute hostess on your list this season.<p>01 Of 20<p>01 Of 20<p><b>Diptyque</b> holiday candle set, $100, nordstrom.com.<p>NEXTWhat To Wear Now: Red & White Fashion

20 Holiday Gifts for the Guys in Your Life, Because Why Are Men So Hard to Shop For?

Impossible task, completed.<p>01 Of 20<p>01 Of 20<p>A "Masculine" Candle<p>Not that we believe in gendered candles, but the guys in your life might get a kick out of the tongue-in-cheek name, and will definitely enjoy the unique scent expressions, from kush to smoky ash to fragrant cedar.<p><b>Boy Smells Candle,</b> …

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How-To Make a Holiday Garland With Emily Thompson

Florist Emily Thompson's tips.<p>01 Of 13<p>01 Of 13<p>Step #1: Gather Supplies<p><b>What you'll need to make a 6-foot garland:</b><p>-Florist Wire (1 spool)<p>-Black Pine (1 bunch)<p>-Western Cedar (1 bunch)<p>-Sago Palm (5 fronds)<p>-Blue Juniper (1 bunch)<p>-Pinecones of different sizes and origins (10-15 cones)<p>-Pomegranates (6 …

32 Hostess Gifts That Aren't a Bottle of Wine

All under $50.<p>This holiday season, say thanks to the friends and family that make you feel at home with a thoughtful gift that won't break the bank.<p>01 Of 32<p>01 Of 32<p>NEXTELLE Editorial: Take it to the Limit

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47 Best Homemade Holiday Food Gifts

Delight family and friends with DIY treats that are fast, frugal and festive.<p>1 Of 47<p>Coffee Mug Mixers<p>Make a cup of joe (or cocoa) full-on festive! …

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Deck Your Halls with Felt Christmas Crafts

In a season that's often known for sparkly excess, we've fallen hard for felt: Bright, nubby, and touchable, it exudes the low-tech appeal of a gift …

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11 Easy Holiday Decorating Tips from Top Bloggers

Camille Styles, Style Me Pretty, and more.<p>01 Of 11<p>01 Of 11<p>Incorporate a Vintage Element<p>"Bringing in really special vintage moments will instantly bring warmth to your space. Think mismatched antique silverware, worn silver trays, and aged baskets filled with wool blankets." —Abby Larson,</i> …

Tastemaker Tips for Flawless Holiday Entertaining

No need to stress your holiday dinner party with these easy and expert tips from industry pros.<p>01 Of 10<p>01 Of 10<p>Colin Cowie - Lifestyle Guru and Party Planner to the Stars<p>As the party planner for celebrities like Tom Cruise, Jennifer Aniston, Oprah Winfrey; Author of <i>Colin Cowie Chic</i>, among 8 other …

Chic New Holiday Traditions, Straight From Entertaining Pros

Celebrity-favorite party planners share how you can take your holiday party to the next level<p>Tried-and-true holiday conventions of the chestnuts-roasting variety are all well and good, but sometimes you want to shake things up (and we're not just talking about that Eggnog cocktail).<p><b>Yifat Oren</b>, …