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Decorating & Entertaining

Holidays meet history on Capitol Hill

On Barracks Row, the Marine Corps commandant’s historic home is filled with the spirit of Christmas.

Ideas for a smooth holiday

Our best ways to make the holidays easy and stress-free.

There arose such a clutter

The holidays bring an avalanche of paper, but with a little discipline, you can keep it under control.

Decor-taining for the holidays

As entertaining season begins, it’s time to spruce up your dining room and plan your menu.

House Calls: Holiday edition

Decorating a mantel for the holidays

Fresh decor for elegant holiday

How the owner of home furnishings shop And George decorates her own home for the holidays.

Preparing a feast for the eyes

House Calls’ Holiday Edition shows how to get your dining room ready for a party.

Time to deck the hallways

House Calls’ Holiday Edition shows how to give your hallways some holiday cheer.

The car Christmas wreath hangs on

Are car wreaths a thing of the past? Should they be?

A warm holiday welcome

House Calls’ Holiday Edition shows how to deck out your front door for the holidays.

Three fears of holiday hosting

Is it the money, the space or the intimidation factor that’s keeping you from entertaining? All three? Oh, dear, read on.

Deck the hall: Christmas decorating advice

Where to find a tree, how to safely string lights and more resources for holiday preparation.

Historic homes get in the holiday spirit

Washington’s notable homes are gussied up for Christmas.

Holiday hosting fears: My home is too small

The apartment is too small! The tree is too big! Everyone will be tripping over presents!

Holiday hosting fears: No money

Tips on holiday entertaining if you are on a limited budget.

Holiday Recipes

In Your Glass

Champagne: Get the good stuff

Our wine columnist admits his heart belongs to the true bubbly stuff.

End a day of indulgence with a spirited splurge

A little decadence, in the form of an after-dinner drink, is in order for Thanksgiving.

For Thanksgiving wine, go All-American and versatile

Our columnist offers pairing suggestions to go with a White House-inspired menu.

Stocking a bar for holiday parties

Modestly priced options and a range of cocktail possibilities for the holidays, from Spirits columnist Jason Wilson.

Thanksgiving wine recommendations

Up for something a little unusual? Try a fizzy Italian red or an alternative Riesling for Thanksgiving.

Spirits: Savory, seasonal cocktails

Maggie Savarino’s book is as hip and unique as its author, who offers great recipes meant to be altered.

Wine: Holiday pairing myths

Dave McIntyre debunks the dogma.

No-fail holiday cocktails

Jason Wilson has recommendations to calm the annual kerfuffle over what to drink when the guests arrive for Thanksgiving.

Holiday season is Champagne season, too

Sommelier Ramon Narvaez is making sure you have plenty of bubbles this season.

Wine: Beaujolais, beyond nouveau

Dave McIntyre recommends getting to know a wider range of this underappreciated region.

On Your Table

Holiday dinner tips for picky eaters (and hosts)

Fussy eaters can happily accept holiday dinner invitations. Stephanie V. W. Lucianovic explains how.

The party dish made for a one-pan man

Spanish rice, fusion possibilities, easy cleanup.

The gift of a holiday goose

One bird yields a glorious dinner plus appetizers, snacks, stock and rich fat for cooking.

Invite a big squash to the table

That’s how Lisa Jorgenson has learned to feed dozens at her family’s Thanksgiving feast.

Thanksgiving food flubs explained

Five holiday food fails, explained by science.

Taste Test: Turkey breeds

You pay a lot for birds with a pedigree. Does that translate to flavor? Plus, expert advice on how to cook them.

Thanksgiving turkey prep primer

Fast facts about how to deal with your holiday bird.

First comes Fakesgiving

Why a Washington food-blogging couple host their holiday meal before the real Thanksgiving.

Where to pick up Thanksgiving dessert

A Washington area roundup of pies, puddings, cupcakes, ice cream and cakes ready for the holiday.

From Hawaii, a kalua turkey

Using an oven, a father and daughter re-create the taste of the bird that Hawaiians cook slowly underground.

Thanksgiving by the hearth

Lessons learned from the 19th century inform the holiday cooking of Maryland farmer Sally Waltz.

The lighter side of Thanksgiving

A kosher, dairy-free menu inspired by West Coast living and Sephardic influences.

Faux meat for a Thanksgiving feast

Our panel put six vegan products to the test, with surprising results.

Remembering Pappy’s pierogi

A family’s annual cooking sessions mean more than a good meal.

Videos: Holiday Food and Entertaining

Turkey Carving 101

Turkey Carving 101

Learn how to carve a turkey from Chef Bryan Voltaggio along with Washington Post Food section editor Joe Yonan and foodie Kim O'Donnel.
Smoking turkey with Jim Shahin

Smoking turkey with Jim Shahin

Just in time for the holidays, Washington Post BBQ Columnist shows how to smoke a turkey
WATCH: DIY holiday cookie tree

WATCH: DIY holiday cookie tree

Learn how to create a showstopping, edible 3-D Christmas tree.
Cookie decorating 101 with Carla Hall

Cookie decorating 101 with Carla Hall

"Top Chef" alum Carla Hall explains the tips and tricks of sugar cookie decorating.
How to make Kalua turkey

How to make Kalua turkey

The Washington Post's Sara Goo shares her family's recipe for Kalua turkey, a Hawaiian take on the classic Thanksgiving bird.