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Throwing the Perfect Holiday Bash

Image: decorated table (ARA) - As the holiday season approaches, it's time to hang the lights, dust off the china, pull out your favorite recipes and get set to throw the perfect bash.

Although nearly half of Americans report experiencing stress during the holidays, according to a recent Gallup survey, holiday entertaining should be an enjoyable form of self-expression.

"Whether you're having the in-laws over for brunch or hosting an elaborate cocktail party with co-workers, entertaining can be simple and fun if you plan ahead and take inventory of your belongings," said Robert Zollweg, creative director for Libbey Inc., a leading provider of tableware products.

"Everyday household items, such as martini and wine glasses as well as forgotten dishes, can be transformed into elegant conversation pieces, making it quick and easy to make a lasting impression on your guests."

For your next holiday gathering, try one of these simple tips from Libbey:

  • Cut down on the holiday chores by throwing a themed holiday pre-party with friends, such as a bake-off, tree decorating or gift wrapping party.
  • To engage your guests, set up a do-it-yourself bar. Instead of the old standby, make it a hot cocoa or eggnog bar. Offer different liquors, toppings and recipe starters.
  • Take photos of guests throughout the night. Use them for a holiday scrapbook or send them to your guests in their holiday card.
  • Set up a station where guests can make their own wine charm. Have on hand a variety of charms, ornaments, stones and beads. It also makes a great keepsake.
  • Play old holiday movies on a projector or flat screen with the sound muted. This makes for a simple and fun backdrop.
  • For an easy centerpiece, fill a clear bowl with greens, kumquats, oranges, crab apples or multicolored glass ornaments. Finish with holiday greenery or seasonal white flowers.
  • Fill drinking glasses - stemless wine glasses work great - with decorative stones, then place a tea light inside. Or, turn traditional wine glasses upside down and use them as candleholders. Use different heights and group them together for an elegant look.
  • Use clear martini glasses or margarita glasses to serve eggnog, desserts, sorbets, condiments or other side dishes.
  • Fill beer pilsners with nuts, mints and other candy and use ribbon to tie a bow at the stem. Place glasses throughout the house so guests can munch while mingling.
  • Broke a saucer? Missing a plate? Create a festive look by mixing and matching patterns.
  • Create custom glassware by painting a simple pattern onto a plain wine glass, using egg whites and a small paintbrush - immediately sprinkle fine sugar over the egg-white pattern.
  • An inexpensive way to dress up your party is to pick up some specialty barware like unusual martini glasses or stemless wine glasses.
  • Invite early, at least four to six weeks in advance, since calendars tend to book up fast during the holidays.
For more information about tableware products, visit

Courtesy of ARA Content

EDITOR'S NOTE: For more information, contact Michelle Vocaire, Marcus Thomas,for Libbey at (216) 514-4567 or

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