November 17, 2010 12:00 PM

6 STAR TALK

10 TOP TIPS FROM PARTY PROS

12 JESSICA SZOHR: BAKING WITH GRANDMA

The Gossip Girl star shares her family’s holiday cookie recipe

14 CHRISTMAS WITH THE CAKE BOSS

Inside the 25-course Italian feast Buddy Valastro hosts for his extended family

18 BROOKE BURKE’S BLENDED TRADITIONS

How the reality host celebrates Christmas and Hanukkah with her family

23 BRING YOUR OWN RECIPE PARTY

Life Unexpected’s Shiri Appleby throws a potluck with a twist

27 BRYAN BATT’S ORNAMENT COLLECTION

The ex Mad Men star’s favorite baubles for the tree

28 ERIN ANDREWS THROWS A FOOTBALL PARTY

The ESPN sportscaster scores a touchdown with her game day rituals

30 CHRISTMAS AT HOME

Khloé Kardashian and her husband, Lamar Odom, deck the halls for their inaugural holiday in their new house

39 KATHY GRIFFIN SALUTES THE TROOPS

The comedian hosts a toy drive for military families. Plus: How other stars give back

44 DAVID STARK’S RUSTIC OPEN HOUSE

The celeb planner’s simple guide to a beautiful party—with no cooking required!

53 GAIL SIMMONS’ DESSERT PARTY

The Top Chef star whips up a sweets-only soiree

57 HANGOVER BRUNCH

The best post-party party

63 PLAN NOW, PARTY LATER

Prepare in advance for a surprise bash

66 1-2-3 HOLIDAY COCKTAILS

Five easy drinks that will wow a crowd

68 QUICK TABLE TOPPERS

Three fun ideas for centerpieces

70 JAZZED UP SIDE DISHES

A fresh spin on classic holiday fare

75 BEST STOCKING STUFFERS

80 MY QUIRKY HOLIDAY

Community’s Donald Glover on the meaning of the season

ON THE COVER Photograph by Andrew Southam. Hair: Frank Galasso/Margaret Maldonado. Makeup: Sabrina Bedrani/Tracey Mattingly. Stylist: Monica Rose. Insets (from top right): Coral Von Zumwalt; Ben Hoffmann;Juan Soliz/Pacific Coast News

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