As the year comes to a close, one thing is for sure: it’s party season! Planning a soiree that wows friends and family can seem like a stressful endeavor for even the most seasoned hostess. There’s planning the menu, handling the shopping, completing the prep work, making the food, the list goes on – and that’s before guests even arrive! With a little preplanning and thinking outside the box, throwing your next party can be fun and easy! Busy working mom and Food Network star Ceci Carmichael shares tips that any hostess throwing a party this holiday season needs to know.