PULLING IT TO­GETHER

For the per­fect com­bi­na­tion of mak­ing and min­gling—as well as no-stress host­ing—opt for fuss-free fin­ger foods and a project you have pretested for doa­bil­ity and com­ple­tion time.

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FOOD AND BEV

Fash­ion a buf­fet that con­veys an invit­ing, helpy­our­self ap­proach, top left and top right. Fo­cus on snack­able, sin­gle-serv­ing eats and a few vol­ume bev­er­ages you don’t have to in­di­vid­u­ally mix. Our tempt­ing cran­berry “craftini” con­sists of 1 part vodka, 1 part club soda, 2 parts cran­berry juice, and a splash of lime.

FULLY STOCKED

For craft­ing, al­ways pro­tect work sur­faces and gather am­ple sup­plies so you don’t run out, above left. Fig­ure one or more project per guest and an­tic­i­pate pos­si­ble do-overs if things go wrong. While some spe­cialty tools can be shared, nu­mer­ous sup­plies are a must to min­i­mize wait times.

BE­YOND THE THE­ATER Step this crunchy snack up a notch with gourmet pop­corn fla­vors your guests will love, above mid­dle. Grab fla­vored pop­corn from the gro­cery store or make it your­self us­ing recipes found on­line. Line wooden berry bas­kets with tis­sue pa­per. Print fla­vors on clear la­bels and ad­here to crafts sticks.

CATER TO YOUR CROWD Home­made crust­less sand­wiches, above right, can be filled to ac­com­mo­date a va­ri­ety of di­etary pref­er­ences. Place in­gre­di­ents in the mid­dle of a slice of fresh bread and top with an­other slice. Use a sand­wich cut­ter to si­mul­ta­ne­ously cut off crusts and seal with a scal­loped edge.

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