6 Secrets of a Beautiful Holiday Party

perfect holiday partyAnnette Joseph's advice for the perfect holiday party is straightforward: "Keep it simple, keep it gorgeous."

The entertaining expert and author of cookbook-slash-party-manual "Picture Perfect Parties: Annette Joseph's Stylish Solutions for Entertaining," explains that in order to maintain your budget and your sanity when entertaining this holiday season, it's important to keep your event low-key.

"We have a tendency to overbuy and overdecorate, which is expensive and unnecessary," Joseph explains.

So, how do you keep it simple at a time of year when everything begs for tinsel and bows?

Below, Joseph shares her secrets from 20 years as a hostess and photo stylist—including the one entertaining investment that will up the ante of every party you throw.

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