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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...
Mix Your Plates for Memorable Table Settings
Dishes — formal or casual — come in sets of four, eight, 12 and even 24 in stores. That’s the way it’s always been, and that’s the way it ought to be. Says who? After all, where’s the fun in that? Have you ever been to a flea market...
5 Tips for Hosting a Memorable Cocktail Party
Whether you’re throwing a party for a reason or having friends over “just because,” hosting a cocktail party is perhaps the easiest and most glamorous way to entertain. The lack of a seated meal helps keep costs low, while also ensuring minimal...
Room of the Day: A Maine Guest Cottage Steeped in Charm
Before Gail Landry bought Flanagan Farm in 2011, the local fire department was planning to burn the place down as a training exercise. But Landry intervened and transformed the Buxton, Maine, property into a rural haven steeped in contemporary country...
Dress Your Dining Room With Love
As soon as my Christmas tree comes down, my Valentine’s Day decor goes up. A heart-shaped wreath made from a wine barrel strap goes on the front door, primroses populate my coffee table and valentine hearts — sometimes in the form of iced cookies,...
Touchdown! How to Host a Winning Super Bowl Party
Coming from a family of football lovers, it pains me to admit that I’m not the biggest football fan out there (unless we’re talking about my kids’ league — then you can totally give me that title). I do, however, love big game days like...
Got Hand-Me-Down Dinnerware? Make a Memorable Meal
I’m not one to hang on to everything, but there are certain things that have been passed on to me from loved ones that I can’t let go of. Recently, while organizing our storage room, I came across a box of milk glass dinnerware...
Modern Manners for Conflict-Free Family Visits
Where are you supposed to have Grandma sleep when you don’t have a guest room? Who controls the thermostat? Who gets the first shower? And do you have to let your brother bring his dog? Having family come to stay can be both easier (you know what to...
The Busy Mom's Guide to Throwing a Kids' Holiday Tea Party
I’m a sucker for a children’s tea party. Don’t need much of an excuse to throw one for my two kids, though the holidays are an obvious justification to release my inner party girl. The only issue is that I, like every other mom I know, am too busy...
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