Mary Giuliani Solves Your Biggest #PartyProblems

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The holidays are coming which means it’s party time! Party planning expert Mary Giuliani has a few tips up her sleeve for throwing an epic fail-proof party.

#PartyProblem 1: Your Serveware is Collecting Dust
Solution: Use everyday kitchen and serving items in new ways.

Cookie Jars: Anyone who knows Giuliani knows she doesn’t keep cookies in cookie jars -- she keeps cocktails in them, like this fun birthday-esque strawberry shortcake cocktail with sprinkles on top!

Paper Towel Holders
: Make your dessert spreads even more spectacular by piling doughnuts on a paper towel holder and surrounding it with a variety of dipping sauces. This is also a great space-saving display for serving bagels at brunch. (Check out this DIY doughnut wall for even more inspiration!)

Cake Stands: These gorgeous pedestals aren’t just for cake -- use them to create height and to add space to your serving table. It’s a simple way to up the presentation of your salads, bowls of pasta, side dishes, you name it! See her beautiful display and get more tips in the video above.

#PartyProblem 2: You Hate Dealing with Leftovers When the Party’s Over
Solution: Use leftovers to your benefit.

Chinese Food Take-Out Containers: Provide these to your guests so they can take home leftover food, and you’ll have less to clean up and pack away at the end of the night.

Mini Alcohol Bottles: Don’t throw these away, turn them into salt and pepper shakers or spice holders! Press a thumbtack through the top to turn it into an adorable shaker.

Wine: Didn’t quite polish off that last bottle of wine? Pour it into an ice cube tray and make frose with it!

#PartyProblem 3: People Love You So Much They Show Up at Your Door Unexpectedly
Solution: If Giuliani has one thing in her fridge at all times, it’s cheese! Her advice is to keep it simple -- her go-to for a last minute party spread is a mozzarella bar with toppings. You can easily reinvent the cheeseboard by having store-bought essentials on-hand like olives, pesto, sundried tomatoes and roasted red peppers. Amp it up with cured meats and artisan bread.

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