Thanksgiving is just around the proverbial corner, which means that in a matter of days, we will all be in the midst of the season to be jolly.  And I don’t know about you, but being jolly to me involves a very careful combination of the world’s finest liquors dispensed regularly and generously into my gullet in a stimulating environment in the company of friends and family.

Of course, I’m a simple man with simple expensive refined elegant upscale high-end frighteningly good taste, and not all party guests this holiday season are as easily satisfied as me.  So, if you find yourself in the role of party host/arbiter of jolly-making this season, here are some easy elements that transform even the most lame ass gathering into something straight out The Great Gatsby, as interpreted by Diddy’s party planner, Kim Kardashian’s wedding planner and Michael Jackson’s estate planner.

Steve Dool is a writer based in New York City. Follow him on Twitter.