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10 Holiday Entertaining Tips from Clinton Kelly

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by: Candace Keener
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It's a season for magic and believing. Clinton Kelly believes you can throw a great party. You just need these magical tips.
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We all have a friend who makes entertaining seem absolutely effortless. We'd love to hate her, but then we wouldn't get invited to her parties. And these are can't-miss events: From the canap├ęs and cocktails to the show-stopping centerpiece, no detail is spared for an unforgettable evening.

If you've been tapped to host this year's Christmas dinner or New Year's Eve cocktail party, you've already been given the best gift of the holiday season -- the chance to prove your martini-mixing, flower-arranging and chicken-roasting talents. But you may be a little rusty. Say the last time you entertained was that Academy Awards party when Jodie Foster won the Oscar for Best Actress. Or, you might be feeling the pinch of a down economy. Either way, you could use some advice from Clinton Kelly, host of TLC's "What Not to Wear" and author of "Freakin' Fabulous: How to Dress, Speak, Behave, Eat, Drink, Entertain, Decorate, and Generally Be Better than Everyone Else."

With his biting wit and practical recommendations, Clinton dismisses the notion that entertaining is an impossible feat. Follow his 10 tips, and people won't be dreaming of a white Christmas -- they'll be dreaming of an invitation to your holiday party.

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