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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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Increase Your RSVP’s

Respondez s’il Vous Plait! In french it sounds so much fancier but translated it simply means “Please Respond.” Did you know that the usual rule of thumb when planning a party is a 10%-30% decline rate? I have a good story from when I was 20 I was new in town and I threw a casual movie night and passed […]

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Geronimo! Balloon Company

Have you seen pictures all over the internet of these giant balloons with beautiful magic fringe hanging off them? Geronimo! Balloon Company was started earlier this year and sells balloon kits from their website in addition to a “Balloon Trooper” coming in person to deliver the balloons for special events or birthdays in the Los Angeles area. Geronimo! will also provide […]

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A New Way to Use Quinoa

Quinoa is the latest superfood trend that everyone’s buzzing about. And no wonder—this magical seed is a complete protein (it has all nine essential amino acids), cooks up quickly like a grain (it takes about 15 minutes), and is gluten-free, too. Plus, it’s easy to dress up in all kinds of ways for delicious, healthy side dishes. Quinoa is starting […]

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DIY Party Light Strands

Entertaining in the summer is all about dining al fresco! Get creative and light up your outdoor soiree with these genius lighting ideas. All three of the ideas use a strand of lights and some simple paper materials. Keep reading to see them all!

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