They say it's the most wonderful time of year, but what no one tells you is that wonderful doesn't come easy. There's all of the gift-buying and the hall-decking and the outfit-planning and, if you're charged with throwing this year's holiday bash, the food-prepping. Really, this is the most overwhelming time of the year, which likely finds you, the gracious party host, ripping open bag upon bag of greasy chips with your teeth as you hurry to get something out before your guests arrive.
Scrambling is par for the course this season, so if you're going to do it, why not do it in style with things that feel well considered? Because, yes, you can impress without sacrificing your sanity. Ahead, 10 ready-made, holiday-soiree-perfect picks, from cheeses to candies to a pre-batched cocktail, that will impress your guests and have you feeling merry — not harried.