With a name that's practically synonymous with the most famous Christmas tree in America, it's no surprise that Ariana Rockefeller loves the holidays. Last week, just in time for New York's first snowfall of the season, the chic socialite, designer, and equestrian hosted her third annual holiday party at The Mark Hotel, entertaining a well-heeled group of guests including Charles Rockefeller, Lilah Ramzi, Brooke Jaffe, Ian Michael Crumm, and Daniel Benedict.

"My many wonderful Christmas memories revolve around family, friends, festive tables, New York lights, and holiday gatherings with beautiful decor," she says. "Being a fifth generation member of my family, the traditions run deep. I cherish this heritage as well as cultivate my own holiday customs and style as a modern Rockefeller woman."

So how does a modern Rockefeller woman throw the perfect party? We just had to ask. Click through for Ariana's tips and tricks for stylish (and stress-free) hostessing.

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