Spike Mendelsohn and Lizzie Post dish on how to host your next holiday gathering

As the holiday season quickly approaches, we can get overwhelmed with the thought of planning a large holiday get together that goes off without a hitch. But now, with the help of professionals, party planning stress will be a thing of the past.

Lizzie Post, etiquette connoisseur and co-author of Emily Post’s Etiquette, 18th edition and Spike Mendelsohn, "Top Chef" season 4 contestant and acclaimed chef, recently co-hosted a holiday dinner at a chic Airbnb listing in New York City, where they shared their tips and trends to master the art of hosting a holiday dinner party.

From thinking outside the box with your menu to easily accommodating last minute surprise guests, these helpful tips in our slideshow above are guaranteed to make you feel like an expert.