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For ages we have been coming together around a table to eat, drink and be merry....
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...
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...
What Lies Beneath? A Tiki Bar Basement
This 105-year-old bungalow on a quiet street in southeast Portland, Oregon, has a secret. Upstairs it’s a neatly kept, renovated 1910 Craftsman. Downstairs, however, hides an explosion of midcentury pop culture in the form of a basement tiki bar. Think...
Bar Cart 101: Chocolate Pairs With Bourbon for a Warm Winter Cocktail
Chocolate and liquors have been a classic combination for centuries. Share both with your Valentine this year by making your own chocolate syrup and using it in a Boozy Bourbon Hot Cocoa to enjoy next to a cozy fire. And while you’re at it, why not...
Entertaining Ideas for a Perfect ‘Galentine’s’ Day
Throwing a party for Galentine’s Day — a holiday popularized by the TV comedy Parks and Recreation — is a fabulous way to celebrate friendship around Valentine’s Day. This year consider making your celebration a dessert- and craft-filled...
8 Stress-Busting Tips for Hosting Small Gatherings
Does the phrase “dinner party” strike fear into your heart as a host? If so, know that you’re not alone. While traditional dinner parties can be beautiful and rewarding, big, special-occasion affairs can also cause stress — and they’re not the...
Guest Rooms That Work
The guest room can be one of the most underused spaces in the house. It’s wonderful to have one when you need it, but when guests are nowhere in sight, it can feel like wasted space or a drop zone for odds and ends....
DIY Placemats Inspired by Nature
Fallen leaves and feasts are two highlights of the fall and winter seasons. Combine these joys in simple one-of-a-kind placemats you can make yourself.
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...
A Fresh and Fun Hanukkah Dessert Table and Wrapping Station
Beginning December 16, friends and family will come together for eight days to celebrate Hanukkah. How about giving your celebrations a fresh spin this year with a dressed-up dessert table and gift wrapping table? Each table features easy-to-arrange decor...
Thanksgiving Tales: When the Turkey Tanks
Recently we asked readers to chime in with their most memorable Thanksgiving missteps. More than 200 brave souls stepped up to the plate. Apparently,...
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