"I want the spread to feel abundant so guests are encouraged to pile their plates high, indulge, and let loose," she says. "They stay longer if they eat too much, which is my goal during the holidays."
"We have a huge group of family and friends coming to the table this year, so I plan to keep my menu exciting, dietarily inclusive but nostalgic at the same time—the classics will be the glue that bonds us," Guy says. "I'm staying conscious of the color and texture of the menu, so when everything is dished together it's still visually enticing. I'm keeping my desserts completely classic with apple and pumpkin pie and definitely something gluten- and dairy-free (and chocolatey) for those who want to finish on a lighter note."
"This year," she says, "I don't want to stress about bartending and entertaining, so big punch bowls or drinks that I can make in advance call to me. I LOVE bubbly drinks! They're a nice palate cleaner in the mix of all those bold flavors!"
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