7 Tips for Easy Holiday Entertaining

Plus: Great healthy cocktails and appetizer recipes.

By Bruce Weinstein & Mark Scarbrough

Caramelized Onion & Shrimp Bruschetta

5. Refill platters often. For food-safety reasons, as well, you should hold back some food in the refrigerator. Nothing’s ickier than a platter of shrimp left at room temperature for five hours. You don’t want your guests to get food poisoning. One bathroom downstairs and 20 invitees? You do the math.

Tip 6: The dishes can wait. »

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