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How to overcome 3 fears of holiday entertaining

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The most festive season of the year is upon us, the time for beautifully decorated homes to open their wreath-bedecked doors for holiday parties.

This is also the season for fear: Fear of sending out that Evite for the first time, of setting up the buffet and of welcoming friends to your less-than-perfect home. It’s easy to dig up an excuse for not throwing a party.

You may worry that your apartment is too small for entertaining more than two people. Or your holiday to-do list is already packed and there’s no room for hosting guests. Maybe the gloom-and-doom economic cycle has you convinced you’re too broke to swing it.

None of these woes should prevent you from hosting a holiday celebration. In fact, everybody needs a party this year.

Our local experts share their secrets, such as using your car as a temporary party day storage zone or where to get the cheapest mini-cupcakes.

The 3 fears of holiday entertaining

Fear #1: I’ve never entertained before

Fear #2: My place is too small to entertain

Fear #3: I have no money for a party

We’d also like to know how you pull off a holiday party with a packed December calendar.

Share your ideas at localliving@washpost.com. We’ll post the best ones in this section and online in the coming weeks.

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