Jason Priestly, Shay Mitchell and more Canadian stars share their holiday entertaining tips

Throwing a successful holiday get-together – whether it’s a festive bash with friends or a Christmas dinner with family – can wreak havoc on your stress levels, but between cooking, cleaning and entertaining, there are some simple ways to ensure your Yuletide gathering goes off without a hitch.

We asked some of Canada's influencers, from actors to TV personalities to celebrity chefs, to share their best advice on entertaining this season – and there was no shortage of helpful tips and tricks!


Call Me Fitz star Jason Priestly – who is no stranger to playing host, having taken on the role at the Canada’s Walk of Fame Gala this year – says the number one tip to throwing a memorable bash is an open bar. The Blacklist’s Diego Klattenhoff agrees, but also swears by a rockin' Christmas soundtrack. Shay Mitchell, too, likes to set the tone with a playlist, which she says absolutely must include Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You.

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When it comes to the food, however, Canada's top chefs were armed with expert suggestions, with Food Network stars like Vikram Vij, Mark McEwan and Corbin Tomaszeski dishing up their secrets for making a delicious, stress-free holiday meal.

See who else has entertaining tips share - you might just want to steal a few when it’s your turn to host!

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