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The Best Holiday Hosting Tips to Make Your Life Way Easier

We've got everything you'll need--the tips, the tricks, the adult beverages--to make this your best holiday season yet


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28 Things You Can Do Now to Get Ready for the Holidays

Merry and bright and oh, who are we kidding? Busy as hell. Here's how to get ahead of the game

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8 Surprising Ways to Not Spend A Million Dollars This Season

Be festive, but don't break the bank

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How to Wrap All Your Presents for Only $25

Or as we like to call it, the lazy girl's guide to getting crafty

6 Secrets of People Who Get Their Christmas Shopping Done Early

Mark our words: 2016 will be the year we finish our Christmas shopping before December 24.

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The Proper Way to Hold a Wine Glass

Whether you’re sipping red or white

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A Cheat Sheet for Setting the Table

Which side does the fork go on?

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The 30-Second Trick to Cleaning Pine Needles Off Your Floor

They're Christmassy...but they're driving you crazy

PRETTY STUFF

17 Christmas Decorating Ideas We Bet You Haven’t Thought Of

It's time to go beyond the mantle 

7 Stove-Top Potpourris to Make Over the Holidays

The scents of the holidays make us happy, and you can bring those same good vibes into your home anytime you want by whipping up an easy stove-top potpourri.

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5 Holiday Party Games That Aren’t Charades

Pairs best with wine (a lot of it)

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Super-Smart Ways to Store Christmas Decorations

No more tangles, no more tears

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5 Ways to Get Your Family Off Their Phones Over the Holidays

Screen addiction is real, people 

PureWow Presents: How to Hang Christmas Tree Lights from PureWow on Vimeo.

How to String Lights on a Christmas Tree

You lugged home the perfect Christmas tree, and now it's time to decorate.

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This Wrapping Paper Hack Will Save You This Christmas

And it reuses something you'd normally toss in the garbage

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22 Things a Good Hostess Always Has in Her Home

Be ready for whenever guests pop in

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How to Skip the Long Lines at the Post Office This Season

And still get all your Christmas gifts out on time

How Much Wine Should I Actually Be Pouring?

To the top of the glass? Halfway up? Here's a handy cheat sheet so you know exactly how much to serve.

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How to Improvise a Pastry Brush When You’re Baking

Works for basting, too

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The 7 Biggest Pie Baking Mistakes (and How to Fix Them)

Avoid a total crust catastrophe

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18 Holiday Drinks We Scored from Pinterest

We love any occasion that allows us to kick back with a seasonal sipper that instantly puts you in a cheery mood. 

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Hot Buttered Rum Is Basically the Adult Version of Hot Chocolate

It's a total crowd-pleaser

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Mulled Wine Sangria Is What Winter Dreams Are Made Of

Yes, it's served warm

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This Chai Hot Toddy Will Warm You Right Up

Sip it all winter long

10 Punch-Bowl Cocktails to Make Over the Holidays

The hostess with the mostest shouldn’t stand in a corner preparing individual drinks for each and every one of her guests. Here, ten big-batch blends that make it easy for everyone to get their party on.

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CELEBRATING SWEETS

Hard Apple Cider Floats

All you need are two ingredients

IMMA EAT THAT

How to Make Red Wine Hot Chocolate

There’s no reason a cozy night in can’t be spiked

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Boozy Cider Slushies

Best thing ever

PureWow Presents: How to Make Crock Pot Hot Cocoa from PureWow on Vimeo.

Slow-Cooker Hot Chocolate

Move over, Swiss Miss. Slow-cooker hot chocolate is what holiday dreams are made of.

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Peppermint Candy Platter

There are the types of DIY projects we roll our eyes at (yeah right, gingerbread castle). And then there are the types of DIY projects that are absolutely worth it. Like this edible serving platter made of peppermint candies. 

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Gingerbread Lattice Cookies

Take it or weave it

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Caramel-Stuffed Chocolate-Chip Cookies

It's what's inside that counts

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Cheesecake Thumbprint Cookies

Basically two desserts in one

Homemade Milano Cookies

Light, buttery and filled with chocolate. What's not to love?

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Coconut Cookies

Part sugar cookie, part macaroon

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4-Ingredient Lemon Cookies

The lightest cookies in the whole entire universe

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Oatmeal Cookie Cream Pies

Step aside, Little Debbie

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Oreo-Stuffed Brownies

You deserve the best of both worlds

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Nutella Sandwich Cookies

It's what's in the middle that counts

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Red Velvet Whoopie Pies

Can you feel the love?

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Some people crave soft and chewy, and others thin and crispy. So we created recipes for cookie lovers in both camps.

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Mini Gingersnap Icebox Cakes

Just layer and refrigerate 

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Granola Cookies

Breakfast cookies are, in fact, a thing

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Black-and-White Cookies

Never choose between chocolate and vanilla again

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Chocolate-Chip Cookie Dough Dip

This is the pinnacle of life

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Santa’s Cookies

Plus, 10 more kid-friendly cookie recipes

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Cake Batter Dip

Extra sprinkles, of course

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The Fastest Way to Decorate a Cookie or Cake

No need for a slew of fancy tools or next-level skill to add a special touch to your holiday confections

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Flourless Oatmeal Chocolate-Chip Cookies

Shhh...they're gluten-free

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Brownie Pops

These might be the perfect party dessert

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Double Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

Guys, they only have four ingredients

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How to Make a Disgusting Cookie Sheet Look Brand New

It did its time, now erase the grime

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A Clever Way to Keep Cookies Fresh for Days

Basically, they need a buddy

Betty Crocker

The 12 Best Holiday Slow-Cooker Desserts

Set it and forget it (then devour it).

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Cinnamon-Roll Pie Crust

Kick your holiday pie up a notch

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Caramel Almond Cake

No frosting required

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No-Bake Coconut Cream Pie

Just assemble and serve

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Mini Mason Jar Apple Pies

The easiest upgrade for apple pie ever? Mini mason jar apple pies. The individual portions are just the right amount, and the whole mason jar thing is way more impressive than a boring pie dish. 

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Blueberry Crumble Pie

The crust is everything

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Apple-Cider Doughnut Holes

Just say yes to mini doughnuts

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Easy Cherry Skillet Cake

A light and simple option

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Ice Cream Sandwich Cake

Raise your hand if you like ice-cream cake. Raise your other hand if you like ice-cream sandwiches. Great. (We love them, too.) And when you make our ice-cream sandwich cake recipe, you get to enjoy both frozen treats.

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Chocolate-Caramel Pretzel Tart

The right balance of sweet and salty

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Chai Creme Brulee

Have your tea and eat it too

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This 2-Ingredient Frosting Is Healthy and Delicious

And you'll never guess what it's made with

Chocolate Glazed Espresso Cheesecake

Everyone needs a little pick-me-up. Sometimes it’s a latte. Sometimes it’s chocolate. Our espresso cheesecake is a little bit of both. It's New York-style—extra tall and rich—and coated in a chocolate glaze.

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Chocolate-Chip Cookie Tart

The crust is made of cookies, people

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Mini Yogurt Cheesecakes

A lighter take on the classic dessert

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Thin Mint Tarts

Better than a sleeve of cookies

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The Genius and Mess-Free Way to Ice a Cake

Presenting the easiest (and most Insta-worthy) way to ice a cake. We'll give you one hint: No silverware necessary.

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Dairy-Free Cheesecake

You can use the words indulgent and dairy-free in the same sentence. Like to describe this dairy-free cheesecake recipe with blueberry topping. It's rich yet virtuous, which is achieved without using cream cheese or butter or even flour.

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Mini Tiramisu

An Italian classic but, you know, mini

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Frozen Chocolate Souffle

Guaranteed not to fall

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Angel Food Cake

Light, airy and satisfyingly simple

18 Holiday Drinks We Scored from Pinterest

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Pretty Christmas Decor You Can Make Yourself

37 Cookie Recipes That Will Elevate Your Baking Game

Guys, You Can Make a Christmas Tree out of Books

17 Hot Cocoa Recipes That Will Get You Through Winter

How to Make a Peppermint Candy Platter

Coconut Cookies

Cinnamon-Roll Pie Crust

Mini Mason Jar Apple Pies

Brownie Pops

Introducing: Hard Apple Cider Floats

23 No-Bake Holiday Desserts

7 Stove-Top Potpourris to Make Over the Holidays

Guys, These Thumbprint Cookies Are Filled With Cheesecake

15 Holiday Hosting Hacks to Make Your Life Way Easier

Chocolate-Caramel Pretzel Tart

The Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie Showdown

Chocolate Glazed Espresso Cheesecake

10 Punch-Bowl Cocktails to Make Over the Holidays

Chocolate Skillet Cake

The 12 Best Holiday Slow-Cooker Desserts

5 Holiday Party Games That Aren't Charades

How to Improvise a Pastry Brush When You're Baking

No-Bake Coconut Cream Pie

5 Ways to Get Your Family Off Their Phones Over the Holidays

How to Skip the Long Lines at the Post Office This Holiday Season

Frozen Chocolate Souffle

6 All-Natural Scents That Are Better Than Therapy During the Holidays

22 Things a Good Hostess Always Has in Her Home

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