5 Alternative Holiday Party Ideas

With all due respect to Christmas and Hanukkah, sometimes the smaller soirees are the most fun -- and have the best food! From tree-trimming to post-yuletide get-togethers, here are the parties five of our favorite hosts look forward to all year long.

By Gabriella Gershenson; Photography by Jonny Valiant

Katie Lee
Breakfast Leftovers

"There's no chaos, no presents to be unwrapped. I call it the calm before the store," Lee says. She whips up a big, beefy lasagna with a chili-powder kick, serves it with salad and garlic bread, and invited guests to help themselves, buffet style. The best part? "I get to eat cold lasagna right out of the pan for breakfast the next day."

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