Throw an Unfussy California-Style Holiday Party
“Skip the complicated mains and keep things simple with these quick, delicious recipes.
Throwing an effortless get-together is easier than it sounds. Start by compiling a short list of friends—10 to 12 people—and craft a casual yet chic menu of appetizers, a signature cocktail, and a tempting dessert. Next, add a light-hearted activity to break the ice. At a Sunset Secret House Party in Beverly Hills, artist Lindsay Swearingen taught guests simple embroidery, while chef Ashley Rodriguez whipped up dishes from her cookbook, Let’s Stay In: More Than 120 Recipes to Nourish the People You Love. You can follow their lead using the recipes and other tips that follow. It doesn’t get much easier than this.