Mix & Mingle

Our ultimate entertaining guide.

Photo by Eliesa Johnson
Don't let the "how" stop you. Let the best restaurants, chefs, delis, bakeries, and caterers in town do most of the work. Our editors scoured the cities and found the best local resources. Plus, we planned four parties of our own to show how easy it can be. Here's what to serve, where to order it, and how to get the look. Just add good friends and stir.


There's nothing wrong with not cooking, especially during the stressful holiday season.


Don't have the space or piece of mind for post-party cleanup? Host your event in a restaurant's private dining room.


Whether it's the end of your event or strictly a dessert party, dazzle your guests with sweet treats.


A swanky cocktail party is easy to pull off and make the toast of the season.