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There's no shortage of things to look forward to during the holidays. It might be all the comatose-inducing, carb-heavy foods that you allow a cheat day(s) for, the fun winter accessories and coats you can start wearing, or maybe just finally being able to use your PTO days. But for me, one event tops my winter social calendar and that's throwing my annual holiday party.
It’s usually a few nights before Christmas, when all my friends are back in town. It just takes some drinks, yummy appetizers, pretty desserts, and a few rowdy games with the night inevitably ending with a caroling concert (it's so bad it's good). The weekend before, I always swing by T.J.Maxx to pick up some last-minute items to make my home festive and party-ready. Get my party-favorite recipes, cocktails, and the perfect hostess outfit, ahead.