December 16, 2011 16:33 ET

Holiday Entertaining Tips With Chef Jamie Gwen

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - Dec 16, 2011) - The holidays are upon us and that means busy schedules and lots of get-togethers. Chef Jamie Gwen has some festive suggestions to make sure your Holiday party is a real stand out this year.

This year Xbox 360 and Kinect will bring the whole family together and get them up and off the couch with new games like Kinect Sports: Season 2 and Dance Central 2. And what's more with Kinect you can use your voice to search for your favorite entertainment including TV shows, games, movies, music and more. There's truly something for everyone to enjoy.

Create a fun twist on cocktail or mocktail drink recipes this holiday season. Start with Sierra Mist Naturals; the crisp lemon lime flavor lends itself perfectly to mixing and tastes refreshing. It's a drink you can feel good about serving because it's made with all natural ingredients and real sugar.

Senseo coffee pods and the Hamilton Beach single serve coffeemaker are a great addition to any party. The pods are pre-measured which means you get a fresh, delicious cup of coffee at the touch of a button. Guests can choose from 11 different pod varieties and help themselves. You can even use the machine conveniently with travel mugs for when you are dashing around.

Look for high-quality prepared ingredients that save time without sacrificing taste. Hormel's spicy flavoring is delicious right out of the bag, but also adds zest to any number of classic holiday dishes like a Peppy Party Mix. You can also use the turkey variety which has 70% less fat than regular pepperoni.

Make sure to have Bauducco Panettone on hand. It's a special Italian holiday cake and it's amazingly versatile which makes it a fabulous hostess gift. You can even make it into French toast for breakfast with your coffee. And of course it makes an elegant dessert paired with champagne or dessert wine.

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