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Holidays or HOLYdays?

“Ms. Slatalla, your advice on holiday hosting is not only wrong, it’s rude. First off, the holidays are HOLYdays, based on religious celebration and ritual.” This week, a reader named loschinchi wrote to say it’s not OK to skip the prayer before Thanksgiving dinner just because praying might make guests uncomfortable, disagreeing with my Modern Manners column in Real Simple‘s November issue. […]

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Pantone Seating Cards

These pantone inspired place cards spotted over on frolic! are genius! Such a simple and great way to continue on a color theme of a party. The classic pantone swatches are perfect for those design junkies among us. I also love the idea of making these for a dinner party or baby shower. Photos by Scout’s Honor for Frolic

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A Wine Tasting Diary Can Help You Know What To Buy

I’m not sure if it’s commonplace in the rest of the country, but in the Mid-Atlantic wine is a form of gratuity among friends. If your neighbor lets you borrow his lawn mower, you give it back to him with a full tank of gasoline and a bottle of wine. If your friends invite you over for dinner and tell […]

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Easy Potluck Ideas

Earlier this week a friend asked me to help him make an entrée for an international potluck lunch he was supposed to participate in at work. When we were planning the dish, he made two recipe suggestions: chicken paprikash and shepherd’s pie. I suggested going with the latter since it would be easier to double the recipe and serve to […]

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Modern Manners: Family Food Fight

“I have relatives who will bring raw meat to a family barbecue without being asked, and then insist on having the host cook it,” writes a reader named laureltanner. “They don’t like the patties the hosts use. I feel this is insulting. “Am I wrong?” laureltanner asks. “BTW, these are the same people who will serve homemade, but pre-frozen, chicken parmigiana […]

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Hosting a Party When You’re Sick

Unfortunately it seems the changing season has caught up with me, and I woke up yesterday with a cold. It’s nothing too uncomfortable—just a sore throat, minor congestion, and fatigue—but I recently began night school at a culinary institute and the school told students not attend class if with any type of respiratory infection. I have class tonight, so this […]

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5 Entertaining Dishes I Can’t Live Without

When I entertain I find myself going back to the same five dishes over and over. Here are my five favorite serving dishes that I keep in my hostessing arsenal! 1. A Big White Platter Food always looks appetizing on white. I use platters for anything from large side dishes to serving a veggie tray. This one from CB2 has […]

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Bake Sale Recipes for a Good Cause

Looking for some bake sale inspiration or just feeling nostalgic for sweet treats from your childhood? Gretchen Holt-Witt’s Cookies for Kids’ Cancer: Best Bake Sale Cookbook is here, just in time for all those back-to-school sugar bonanzas. When I was little, I was a sucker for anything involving cheesecake. So I was always willing to plunk down a few quarters […]

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Dinner Party 101

A small intimate dinner party is my favorite kind of entertaining. You can do it low key or go all out depending on the mood you are in. I’ve gathered my tips for a successful dinner party. Some of these might seem obvious but after 10 years of throwing dinner parties I’ve officially perfected the system. Here are my “rules” for the perfect dinner […]

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DIY Party Animals

These candle holding animals are genius! We flipped when we saw these adorable animal candle holders thought up by Jenny from Hank & Hunt. It’s a simple project that involves cheap plastic animals, a drill, and some gold spray paint. Find all the directions right here.

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