20 Easy Holiday Party Ideas Slideshow

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1. Feast of the Seven Fishes Cocktail Party

Mario Batali says, "It's what Italians do when they say they're fasting," according to Epicurious.com. The Feast of the Seven Fishes is still the way many Italian families celebrate Christmas, so it's a classic way to share the holidays with friends. One TDM editor is convinced the meal even outranks Christmas.

The feast is typically a dinner, but works just as well as a cocktail party theme to keep things easy. Pass one-bite shrimp salad cups, or go all out and roast up a whole salmon in salt that people can serve with toasts. Round out the party with other dishes from the sea, like shrimp-topped deviled eggs or smoked salmon served on fish-shaped platters.

Arthur Bovino