* Pre-party with healthy snacks so you do not arrive hungry! Think fibrous vegetables and good fats.   (Carrots & hummus/ avocado, apples & almond butter/ string cheese.) * Channel your inner holiday sprite! Holiday drinking can double calories. Try a mixer with two ounces wine, club soda and a splash of cranberry juice. Nurse that baby into the night!

* Be colorful! Build a balanced dinner plate. Start at the salad bowl and work from there, keeping your plate full of bright colors and avoiding the dull-colored foods (they tend to be the worst ones for you.)

Eat mindfully! Careful not to get so caught in the excitement that you take down the dessert tray. Take time to chew and set your fork down between each bite.

* Brace yourself! On party days keep your calories low. Have a smoothie for breakfast, a salad for lunch and plenty of healthy snacks so you don't arrive hungry.