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Entertaining 93 Stories

For ages we have been coming together around a table to eat, drink and be merry. As our culture has evolved, so has the art of setting the table for entertaining. In the medieval times of kings, queens and knights, where someone sat in relation to the salt cellar on the table indicated social standing, and...
Modern Party Etiquette for Hosts and Guests
Invitations, seating cards and cell phones, oh my! Navigating modern party etiquette can be tricky for both hosts and guests. These 10 do's and don'ts should help clear up everything from what to bring (try a book instead of flowers) to those pesky details...
A Punch List for Party Decorating
When planning a party at home, decorating can easily slide down the to-do list as more essential tasks (like menu planning, shopping and cleaning) take priority. But isn’t much of the fun of a party the feeling that things are a bit fancier than the...
How to Create a Built-In Home Bar
You may have just finished draining your champagne glass on New Year’s Eve, but it’s not too soon to resolve to make your next home gathering more stylish, more sophisticated and easier by adding a home bar in 2014. Here’s what to know if you’d...
Easy Hospitality: 3 Basics for Successful Hosting
Hospitality doesn’t come naturally to everyone, but a little thoughtfulness can make it easier to share your home and to create a place where friends feel welcome and laughter is encouraged.
How to Grow Your Own Cocktail Garden
Spring is here. Gardeners and local food enthusiasts are growing ingredients for their lunches and dinners, but how about for their drinks? Amy Stewart, author of the New York Times bestseller The Drunken Botanist, has forged a different...
Your Pre-Entertaining Quick Cleanup Checklist
In an ideal world, we would all have the time (and energy) to completely clean the house before a party. In the real world, it can be a struggle to get the shopping done and the family dressed, let alone do any sort of deep cleaning. For those times (which...
Make Your Checklist for Entertaining Season
Fall and winter offer ample opportunities to entertain, not only on holidays (of which there are plenty!) but also with more casual gatherings. And whether you entertain a lot or a little, having a well-stocked home can take a lot of the stress out of...
The Easiest, Most Versatile Cake Stand You'll Ever Make
Why should cake have all the fun? Cake stands can display many other foods, such as fruits, cookies, candy and cupcakes, serving as great centerpieces and dishes for your parties. So whether you're hosting a holiday buffet, birthday party or baby shower,...
How One Couple Got a Perfectly Intimate Backyard Wedding
Alissa Martin, owner of the clothing and shoe store Pavement, and Jeb Jungwirth, a psychologist, wanted their autumn nuptials to feel like the two of them just woke up that day and decided to have...
Raise Your Glass to Home Bars in All Shapes and Sizes
Unleash your creative prowess when designing a custom home bar. While a tiny unit can be squeezed into an empty corner, a larger-than-life bar that takes over a whole room can work as a real party starter. Just add swizzle sticks, mood music and...
Simple Pleasures: Movie Night for Film Buffs
What could be better on a crisp fall night than curling up on the couch with a soft throw, a bowl of popcorn (or perhaps a glass of wine) and a great movie? Avoid the crowds at the theater, save a little cash and embrace the simple pleasure of movie night...
Overnight Guests Coming? How to Be a Great Host
If you have ever had a bad experience as a weekend guest, you know just how awful it can be. Dog hair in the sheets, bare windows, nothing for dinner, missed rides at the airport — I have experienced all of these and more ... thankfully not at the same...
Eye-Catching Centerpieces Beyond Flowers and Fruit
Fruit and flowers are centerpiece classics, but chances are, your pleasing arrangement could sit on your neighbor’s table and look equally at home. Want something a little different? Look to your dining room decor for inspiration,...
Take a Summer Vacation in the Backyard
Let me first confess that my idea of camping is a long, luxurious stay at a five-star hotel with a spa and a Michelin-rated restaurant. But when my two sons were growing up they had an entirely different perspective. They actually liked sleeping...
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