Throwing a holiday shindig is easy when friends pitch in.
Invite friends over for the most creative gathering of the season-a cook-together appetizer party. It's the idea of Sheri Castle, a cooking-school teacher in Chapel Hill, North Carolina ( www.shericastle.com). "This brings guests into their favorite party room-the kitchen-to cook and catch up," she says. "Assign two recipes for each couple, and have a no-cleanup policy for your guest chefs."