There's no need to be hesitant to entertain around the holidays, even though it's the busiest time of year.
With these make-ahead menus and some strategic planning, you can enjoy the pleasures of hosting without any of the usual last-minute hassle and accompanying angst.
-- Lucinda Scala Quinn, food executive editorial director, Martha Stewart Living
Holiday Cocktail Party Menu
Orange Punch, Green Apple Martini, Cheese Balls, Bacon-Wrapped Dates, Lemon-Parsley Gougeres
Weekend Brunch Menu
Ham and Leek Frittata with Citrus Juice Bar, Smoked Salmon, and Coffee Cake
Exquisite Evening Menu
Dijon Baby Lamb Chops, Crab Cakes, Spinach Dip, Honey Roasted Figs, and Lemondrop Champagne Punch