Throw a Holiday Party for Charity.

Throw a Holiday Party for Charity.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.”

A little fruit with big benefits

CranberryCommonly associated with Thanksgiving Dinner, cranberries and cranberry sauce offer much more than serving as a colorful accompaniment to turkey and stuffing.

According to a variety of health professionals and sources, such as the Cranberry Institute (cranberryinstitute.org), maintaining a lower risk of chronic disease is closely related to maintaining a diet high in fruits and vegetables.

Hilton Head Island–Bluffton Chamber to serve up its 19th culinary event at Sea Pines Country Club.

Taste of the SeasonWhen it comes to holiday gatherings, it’s all about the food. Taste of the Season has become one of the area’s premier events for foodies and for those just looking for a deliciously good time.

Whacky Batty Cupcakes

Whacky Batty CupcakesScaring up delicious Halloween treats doesn’t have to be tricky. Transform ordinary recipes into spooktacular ones with some of your favorite candies and a little creativity – it will bewitch all your guests and leave them screaming for more. For more Halloween recipes, party ideas, activities and printable templates, visit BrightIdeas.com

Makes 24 cupcakes; prep time: 10 minutes; baking time: 22 minutes; decoration time: 25 minutes, degree of difficulty: easy Ingredients:

Vampire Bites

Vampire Bites

Scaring up delicious Halloween treats doesn’t have to be tricky. Transform ordinary recipes into spooktacular ones with some of your favorite candies and a little creativity – it will bewitch all your guests and leave them screaming for more. For more Halloween recipes, party ideas, activities and printable templates, visit BrightIdeas.com.

Makes 24 bites; prep time: 20 minutes; baking time: 7 to 10 minutes; decoration time: 15 minutes; degree of difficulty: easy.

Dancing Bones BrowniesScaring up delicious Halloween treats doesn’t have to be tricky. Transform ordinary recipes into spooktacular ones with some of your favorite candies and a little creativity – it will bewitch all your guests and leave them screaming for more. For more Halloween recipes, party ideas, activities and printable templates, visit BrightIdeas.com.

Dancing Bones Brownies

Makes 16 brownies; prep time: 10 minutes; baking time: 20 minutes; decoration time: 20 minutes; degree of difficulty: easy.

A tasty dish for young and the young at heart.

CHEF JORDAN BOOKHOOPDining out with children is usually a matter of compromise. Adults want something truly delicious that will tempt their tastebuds. Kids, generally, just want to play with their food. At Carrabba’s Italian Grill, everyone gets what they want, young and old alike. For the adults, there’s tasty cuisine like the Chicken Gratella presented here.