Overwhelmed hosts, rejoice! Jennifer Rubell offers easy recipes for three quintessential holiday-entertaining schemes: a cocktail party for 50, an iconic wintry dinner for 12 and a hearty breakfast for 10.

cocktail party for 50

Forget complicated passed hors d'oeuvres and a full bar. Instead, mail-order crowd-friendly artisanal foods, dress them up with homemade condiments and serve with a giant bowl of modern, not-too-sweet punch.

menu
bittersweet orange punch
bayley hazen blue-cheese dip with celery stalks
gaspé smoked salmon with lemon-caper cream cheese and pumpernickel bread
berkshire ham with pineapple mustard on rye bread