Credit: Photo: Annabelle Breakey; Styling: Karen Shinto

Hold a potluck.
Assign a recipe to each friend. The booze, cream pies (in pan), and beignets (frozen) are easiest to transport.

Simplify the bar.
Set out hot chocolate in a thermos, with nut-flavored or peppermint liqueurs so guests can serve themselves.

Choose one or two recipes (beignets should be on your list) and supplement with store-bought truffles.

Do a little each night. Each recipe can be prepared ahead and baked or set out on the day of the party.