Dorinda Medley's Got Some Advice For Surviving Holiday Party Season

She's not just a 'Real Housewives of New York' star — she's the host who does the most this holiday season.

'Tis the season to celebrate, decorate and, according to Real Housewife of New York , avoid conversations about politics at all costs.

The Berkshires, Massachusetts-born bon vivant knows her way around a cocktail party, after all, having spent the better part of a decade in London, in the company of legends like Princess Diana and Joan Collins.

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So when the holidays roll around, Medley's right in her element, and not without proper party attire, a signature cocktail in hand, and all the festive decor one could cram into a two-bedroom apartment on Manhattan's well-heeled Upper East Side. (Maximalists, take note.)

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To help set the mood this year, Medley called on HomeGoods Style Expert, Mike Harrison, who outfitted nearly every inch of her TV-famous living and dining rooms with nostalgic Christmas décor, including a tree tall enough to hold its own against her home's double-height ceilings, a faux mantlepiece trimmed with stockings, and lots and lots of snow globes.

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At the bar, Harrison laid out the ingredients for Medley's go-to Christmas cocktail — an almond-chocolate flavored Pink Squirrel — while she laid out her tried-and-true tips for surviving holiday party season. See what they are in the video above.


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