All in the FamilyWhat to serve: When all the fam's around, Joe Bastianich and Jeff Zalaznick of the private-dining reservation site dineprivate.com suggest good-luck foods like the Italian cotecchino, a sausage made of pork meat and rind.
Available at Florence Meat Market ($7.99/lb).
What to do: Celebrity stylist and TV personality Robert Verdi suggests a cookie-baking party. Prepare all of the ingredients in the afternoon, then over the course of the evening, bake and decorate several kinds of cookies. It’s all-ages, and the house will end up smelling delicious.
For baking supplies (including cookbooks, if you're really starting from scratch), try Broadway Panhandler.
What to drink: For mixologist Jason Kosmas of Employees Only, the coziness of mulled red wine laced with citrus and spices is not only a good metaphor for family, it also produces an amazing holiday aroma. (View Recipe)
What to toast with: Rosemary Gray, manager of Chambers Street Wines, suggests the Champagne Brigandat NV Brut Réserve ($29.99) for its forward, generous style and ample red fruit quality.