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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 like to get it done.
Spring Party Primer: 20 Ideas for Fabulous Fetes
When it comes to planning a springtime fete, fickle weather can make things tricky. If you would like to have the party at least partially outdoors, there are basically three ways to go: host an outdoor party but have an indoor backup plan;...
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...
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.
Simple Pleasures: Host a Casual Happy Hour
Planning a big cocktail party or fancy dinner has its place, but there are times when we would all rather just kick back with a few friends. Small, spontaneous gatherings place less stress on the host (you) while still offering a fun break from the day-to-day...
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...
Want More Party Space? 5 Tips to Improve Indoor-Outdoor Flow
Wouldn’t you love to double the size of your house for the holidays, or when you’re entertaining a large groups of friends? And when the party is over and all the guests have gone home, have your nice, cozy house back just...
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...
Host a Laid-Back Girls’ Night in Your Own Backyard
Ever feel like getting away with your friends, but don’t have the time, money or energy to plan an excursion? Bringing interior design elements outside for a few hours allowed me to create a chic setting for a summertime girls’ night around...
Summer Living: How to Welcome Weekend Guests
Being a good host is something of a lost art. Balancing the roles of tour guide, innkeeper, cook and friend (while still managing to have fun yourself) can be challenging, to say the least. Make visiting friends and family feel at home, and...
20 Ideas for Easygoing Summer Parties
Summertime calls for a distinctly unfussy approach to entertaining, and thankfully so — because who wants to sweat over planning a summer soiree?...
Take It Outside! Inspiring Ideas for Outdoor Dining
As the days get longer, the temperatures gets warmer and the light gets brighter, our daily routines undergo a radical paradigm shift. Whereas just a month or two ago, we were huddled indoors eating hearty stews, roasted meat and baked potatoes, we’re...
Genius Home Prep: A Guest Room in a Box
Last month I got in touch with a friend to tell her our family was coming to her city for a few days and wondered if we could get together for dinner. She wrote right back and invited us to stay. They had plenty of room. Her...
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