December 10, 2012 14:15 ET

Holiday Entertaining With Chef Jamie Gwen

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - Dec 10, 2012) - The holidays are here and that means lots of get-togethers. Chef Jamie Gwen has festive suggestions on how to throw a holly jolly holiday party.

When you're entertaining and have the family over, stains are inevitable. Speaking from personal experience with tough food stains, this year there's no need to worry about these spills on your favorite table linens and smudges on your new outfit. Oxiclean Versatile Stain Remover is a powerful, multi-purpose stain remover that gets the tough stains out. It is chlorine free and color-safe so you can use it on a variety of fabrics and surfaces throughout your home.

With the colder weather, it's great to be inside and warm up with a hot beverage. Eight O'Clock Coffee is America's original gourmet coffee and you can brew up a pot for a whole party or enjoy yourself by using Eight O'Clock coffee's Keurig K-Cups! Put up a coffee bar so guests can create their own flavors and creations. Create a delicious dark chocolate raspberry by putting 2 Dark Chocolate Raspberry Squares and a drop of orange extract into the mug, then pour in the coffee and stir!

Another "go to" secret for the holidays is to have Bauducco Panettone on hand. It's a special Italian holiday cake and is amazingly versatile which makes it a fabulous hostess gift. It is great for breakfast, lunch and dinner and makes an elegant dessert paired with champagne or dessert wine. There's a new version this year, grand natal -- it's higher end Panettone and great for those fancy holiday parties. Available at all major retailers, it is super affordable at a suggested retail price of $4.99.

A great idea for any party is an activity with a little competition. Gingerbread House Decorating Parties are the way to go! They are a fun and entertaining alternative to the classic cookie exchange. Wilton has an entire line of Gingerbread Kits that make the activity easy so you can make amazing creations. There is plenty of extra candy included in the kit so you can snack while you are creating. The Deluxe Gingerbread Kit makes a great holiday decoration centerpiece.

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