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6 TIPS AND TRIMMINGS

Holiday decor, appetizers, celebs’ favorite gifts and more

25 BETHENNY FRANKEL NEW TRADITIONS

How the reality star creates happy holiday memories for her family

34 CRAZY SWEATER PARTY

Melissa Joan Hart hosts a wacky holiday gathering

38 CHRISTMAS IN NEW YORK

Carmelo and La La Anthony plan their first family holiday in the Big Apple

43 SIMPLY WINE AND CHEESE

Food Network’s Tyler Florence on the perfect party pairings

47 YES, I CELEBRATE HANUKKAH

The Vampire Diaries’ Kat Graham’s fun take on her diverse background

48 MERRY MOMENTS

For Modern Family’s Rico Rodriguez, Christmas always includes goofy gifts and lots of laughs

52 OUR BLENDED HOLIDAY

TV correspondent Samantha Harris celebrates Hanukkah and Christmas

52 FAMILY FEAST

Christmas for American Idol winner Scotty McCreery is a monthlong celebration

Welcome!

Holiday season is under way, and we’ve created this special issue of PEOPLE, just for subscribers, to help make your 2011 parties easy, fun and especially joyful. Bravo’s Bethenny Frankel shares her entertaining tips for busy moms as well as her own family traditions and recipes for a fantastic open house. We invite you to Melissa Joan Hart’s annual tacky-sweater party, and to holiday dinner with American Idol Scotty McCreery and three generations of his family. Plus, we’ve included lots of supereasy parties to throw, gift-giving ideas, celebrity style and beauty secrets, and much more. We wish you the merriest of seasons. Cheers!

58 PIZZA PARTY

Celeb event planner Brian Worley adds the wow factor to a simple bash

63 BRITISH BRUNCH

Real Housewives’ Lisa Vanderpump serves up some Boxing Day favorites

67 FESTIVE FASHION

Celeb-inspired outfits for every occasion

70 BIG-NIGHT HAIR

An easy guide to glamorous dos you can create at home

72 PRETTY PARTY LOOKS

Celebrity makeup tips

74 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE

Three pros share ideas for the perfect entertaining present

80 CELEB PHOTO ALBUM

Stars remember Christmases past

ON THE COVER Photograph by Brian Doben. Hair: Stacey Weinstein; Makeup: Veronica Pastoriza; Stylist: Mindi Smith; Dress: J. Mendel; Shoes: Christian Louboutin; Prop Stylist: Lisa Edsalv. Insets (from top): Gabrielle Revere; Jonny Valiant; Argo Images/JPI