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

"Calm Before the Storm" Lasanga

Gear up! To cut down on cleanup time, Lee suggests making the lasagna in a disposable foil pan. Less mess, more time for merriment!

Makes: 12 to 16 servings

Prep  2 hrs 45 mins 
Bake  1 hr 30 mins plus standing
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