The holiday season is rife with cocktail parties, open-houses, cookie and ornament exchanges, and celebrations galore! I love to throw a simple cocktail party as opposed to a sit-down dinner. When you're from a military family, you typical mix with many circles, so this setting is perfect to let your guests mingle and get to know each other. Also, you don't need to worry if you have enough chairs or matching place settings. You can set up stations throughout your party space, having areas dedicated to the drinks, sweet, and savory dishes. My version was simply the appetizers leading up to Christmas dinner, but these can easily be incorporated into a wonderfully sophisticated cocktail party! Enjoy!