Giada De Laurentiis's Holiday Entertaining Tips & Tricks

From serving traditional dishes to getting the kids involved, the chef and mom shares her helpful advice

01 of 06

SERVE IT SIMPLE

SERVE IT SIMPLE
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Instead of flowery or festive pottery, I usually prepare and serve most dishes in my ceramic bakeware for Target. It can go directly from the oven to the table, and still look great, while leaving one less dish to wash.

02 of 06

MAKE IT A FAMILY AFFAIR

MAKE IT A FAMILY AFFAIR
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If the kids are old enough, get them involved! My daughter Jade helps me prep holiday meals by topping and mixing in final touches. Not only does she love being included on the fun, but she's a master with sprinkles.

03 of 06

KEEP TRADITIONS ALIVE

KEEP TRADITIONS ALIVE
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In my family, we serve the traditional Italian Christmas Eve dinner of all fish courses, or La Vigilia! Then afterwards everyone gets ready for a ruthless game of Mercante in Fiera – it's so much fun!

04 of 06

DON'T GO EMPTY-HANDED

DON'T GO EMPTY-HANDED
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Instead of buying a bottle of wine or bringing flowers, I love baking cookies and gifting them in a beautiful box or festive cookie tin. It's the perfect way to pack, present and enjoy a holiday treat.

05 of 06

KEEP IT ALL ABOUT THE KIDS

KEEP IT ALL ABOUT THE KIDS
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My daughter is a girl who knows what she wants. This year, Jade created her must-have list for Santa using Target's Digital Wishlist. The best part? I shared it with family via email so Jade wouldn't get the same thing twice.

06 of 06

GIADA & FAMILY

GIADA & FAMILY
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The celebrity chef, here with 4-year-old daughter Jade and husband Todd Thompson, loves any chance to make food and entertain. And clearly, it has rubbed off on her little girl. "She's been cooking for quite some time now," Laurentiis recently shared. "She's very into food. We'll see how long this lasts, but for now it is all consuming."

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