There aren't enough days in the month or hours in the day for everything I need to do during this month of festivities. That's why I look for shortcuts to making my parties look festive without hours spent on the effort. Similarly, I take shortcuts with the food I serve at parties. But, don't mistake what I'm saying, these shortcuts are not compromises. Here are my Shortcuts for Entertaining at Christmas and New Year's - see if these will work for you.