Throw a holiday party to raise money for charity

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GOOD FOOD, GOOD CAUSE: A salad that brings together wild rice, cranberry and hazelnuts is among the recipes in a free guide which benefits Feeding America, a domestic hunger-relief charity.

– Courtesy of Family Features

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As the holidays draw near and families look forward to spending time together, get creative with the recipes you make and the parties you host. Celebrity event designer Preston Bailey, who has planned events for such notables as Donald Trump, Oprah Winfrey and Catherine Zeta-Jones, has partnered with Uncle Ben’s to encourage people to consider a charitable approach to holiday entertaining this year.

“I am urging my guests to give back to a cause that is dear to my heart this holiday season,” said Bailey, author of three entertaining books. “For me, it’s the fight against hunger. In lieu of traditional hostess gifts, I’m suggesting on my party invitations that guests make a charitable donation to Feeding America.” Feeding America is the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief charity, and maintains a network of more than 200 food banks that reach communities across the country.

Although Bailey’s number one tip this year is to give back to a good cause, he also shares this advice for memorable holiday entertaining:

*        Fill clear glass vases of various sizes with monochromatic seasonal produce, such as pomegranates, cranberries, clementines and artichokes, for a festive update to the traditional cornucopia.

*        Get creative with your party theme – throw a winter white party by substituting traditional holiday décor with a snow-covered forest.

*        Make extra food so you have plenty for any surprise guests.

To download a complete holiday entertaining guide filled with recipes and tips from Bailey – and give to Feeding America in the process – visit UncleBensGivesBack.com. For every holiday entertaining guide downloaded, Uncle Ben’s will donate $1 to Feeding America.