November 20, 2006 11:00 ET

2006 Hot Holiday Entertaining Ideas

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Nov. 20, 2006) -

BACKGROUND: Eatertainment Special Events Events Sebastien Centner, is one of Canada's leading at-home entertaining experts.

This season Sebastien has developed some of the hottest at-home entertaining concepts for your readers. From stocking the bar to hostess gifts to decor and new trends in `themed holiday parties' as well as office party dos and don'ts, Centner has cutting edge ideas for all editorial-driven stories for the upcoming holiday season.

Sebastien's entertaining ideas have been featured on ET Canada, Canada AM, BT-Breakfast Television and in such high profile print media outlets as Chatelaine, Style At Home, NUVO Magazine, Fashion Magazine; National Post, the Globe & Mail and the Toronto Star, to name a few.

NOTE TO EDITORS: Should you decide to select any of the topics listed below, we will provide you with a detailed synopsis including full details, recipes, sources, images (limited stock available) , etc., as well as facilitate any interviews you may require with Sebastien.


Stocking the Bar for the Holidays

Whether you entertain often or not, and whatever your budget, stocking the bar for the holiday season is an important step in planning your holiday entertaining. Between featuring the newest products and the hottest cocktails, ensuring you have the right variety of products, calculating just how much you will need depending on the expected attendance, and keeping your guests safe while serving them alcohol, we have all the tips to ensuring you are all set for the holiday season.

Planning the Party of the Season

Mistletoe and smoked salmon just won't cut it anymore. Sebastien helps your audience/readers entertain better with tricks of the trade for bringing your holiday entertaining up a notch.

Impress your guests with great canapes, cool cocktails, interesting decor, the newest music, and much more. From a simple step-by-step party- planning guide, to insight into what's hot and what's not in holiday entertaining, Sebastien will get your readers on-track for planning the ultimate holiday celebration.

Hostess Gifts... That Get Remembered

The bottle of wine as a hostess gift is no more. From fun party games to interesting trinkets, give the gift that will stand out. For ranging budgets and varied tastes, there is something for even the pickiest of hostesses in our holiday hostess gift guide.

Holiday Decor for Entertaining

From how to spruce up the table to making every inch of the house sparkle for the holidays, Sebastien features a complete list of the stylish decor trends for 2006. Think glam and glitz, think feathers and ornaments ... this one will be a holiday season to remember.

Office Party Do's and Don'ts

DO read this article very carefully before you show-up at the office holiday party. DON'T blame us if you don't read the article and end up the butt of office jokes for 2007. This fun list of Do's and Don'ts is perfectly timed for the 2006 holiday party season.

Themed Holiday Parties

Christmas Cookie Party

A traditional cookie recipe switching party - everyone brings a batch. The Host provides Christmas gift boxes/tins. Everyone leaves with a selection of Christmas cookies and the recipes. Serve specialty martinis and coffees (Under the Mistletoe, Jingle all the way)- with recipes for drinks as well.

Condo Jumping Party

If you have a group of friends that all live in the same condo-building host a traveling party. Have a different course in each condo - keep the menu simple.

Cocktails and canapes in the first home, mains in the second, followed by desserts and coffees in the third. Gives everyone a chance to show off their Christmas decor and you don't even have to worry about putting on a jacket.

Holiday Tea Party

A Christmas themed tea party! Kids, adults, what could be better. Serve peppermint, green, chai tea - pretty Christmas china, use all your best linen, silver etc... No one ever uses that silver tea set they have sitting in the corner. Now is the time!

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