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Casual Christmas Potluck

Get set for easy holiday entertaining with favorite recipes and festive decorating ideas.

Allrecipes and Better Homes & Gardens are teaming up to help you have a very merry Christmas.

Tips for Happy Hosting

Deck the Halls. Give your home a cheerful holiday look with simple decorating updates, such as mini potted trees on your mantel and a garland of vintage-style stockings. Not sure where to start? will help you find decorating ideas to match your personal style.

Holiday Buffet. With potluck parties, finding room for everything on the dinner table can be a challenge. Set out a second table for the dishes and serve them buffet-style to make things a bit easier. This table, covered with a deep red tablecloth and lined with a leafy garland, gets guests in the holiday spirit.

Take-Home Trees. Turn a place setting into a festive favor with this neat idea. Nestle a small burlap-wrapped tree inside a red pail and garnish it with pinecones and small ornaments. Print name tags for each place setting and spray-glue them to small squares of craft wood. Punch holes in the top and tie on to the pail with twine. Send guests home with their trees at the end of the night.

Tips for Holiday Guests

Potluck Smarts. Make sure the food you're bringing stays fresh and safe to eat at your destination. To avoid spoilage, keep cold foods cold and warm foods warm. Don't let any perishable food stay at or near room temperature for more than two hours.

Decorate Your Dish. Wrap your casserole or side dish with a festive holiday towel. (This can double as a hostess gift, too.)

Thanks for Hosting. A personalized gift is a thoughtful way to show appreciation for your host or hostess. If you're bringing a bottle of wine, you can make it extra special with a customized wine label.

Recipe Keeper. This practical gift helps your host collect seasonal recipes. Attach holiday-theme envelopes to 5x7-inch pieces of chipboard, and hold them together with a metal ring.

Fill your holidays with ho-ho-ho!

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