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The Basics

The Guide to Holiday Entertaining

The holidays can be a stressful time—so many people to please, so many decisions to make, and so much to do.

We’re aiming to make things a little easier by giving you the tips, information, how-tos, and recommendations for just about any entertaining situation that involves making things merry and bright.

Holiday coupe / Laura Sant

Hosting Thanksgiving or another large meal? We can’t tell you how to cook a turkey, but we can help you choose the best wines to serve at Thanksgiving dinner with advice from top sommeliers. You’ll also find our picks for food-friendly bottles, from beaujolais to riesling.

Looking to host a holiday cocktail party? It’s much easier to serve a prebatched cocktail than to mix up individual drinks. We’ve also rounded up the best cocktails for every occasion, from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Eve and any other holiday gathering.

If you’re looking to serve something special after dinner, we offer our suggestions for choosing a range of digestifs, from amari to dessert wines. And because it’s a time of celebration, we’ve broken down the most common types of sparkling wine.

Above all, we hope to take the stress out of hosting and help put the cheer in your holiday gatherings, ensuring your celebrations sparkle.