February 27, 2014 14:53 ET

Throwing the Perfect Winter Party

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - Feb 27, 2014) -  Tracy Metro, celebrity lifestylist, shares some tips on how to throw a perfect winter party.

One type of party is a stand-up party where people stand the whole time. You want to get people talking, so try doing things differently. The quote "Life is short, eat dessert first" sums up how to start the party with two cookie recipes made with Post Fruity Pebbles and Cocoa Pebbles. These treats are easy to make and tasty to eat. And, they'll spark conversation between guests -- who's Team Cocoa and who's Team Fruity?

Food tastings are the perfect way to add an interactive element. Start with olive oil. Pick one brand and showcase their varieties like Pompeian's new Varietals Collection which currently features three different mono-varietal extra virgin olive oils -- Arbequina, Picholine, and Koroneiki. The flavors range from mild to full bodied, allowing you to find the perfect flavor profile for all of your dishes and the unique flavors are also great for dipping.

Another great conversation starter is cheese. Roth Grand Cru® Alpine-Style cheese is made using European traditions, but done right here in the U.S. Again, there are three varieties -- Original, Reserve and Surchoix -- so everybody can pick their favorite. This cheese also melts beautifully, so it's great to use in recipes. If you have some left over at the end of the party, you can use it in any cheesy dish.

Beverage tastings are also a fun way to get people talking. Some people serve coffee, but how fun to do a tea tasting at the end. Green Mountain Coffee Roasters exclusively packages Bigelow and Celestial Seasonings tea so it's easy to make with a Keurig. Guests can try different teas and discuss which ones are their favorites.

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