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Remove Red Wine Stains From Linens

If your table linens are dotted with red wine stains thanks to a little extra merriment at the holiday party you hosted, follow this stain-fighting trick to ensure the mess gets properly cleaned up.

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The Best Way to Open Champagne

You may want to start the New Year with a bang, but chances are a rouge cork isn’t quite the bang you’re looking for. To properly–and safely–pop the sparkling wine, follow these steps.

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A Clever Way to Use a Lemon

With New Year’s Eve parties coming up, I thought I’d share one of my all-time favorite Real Simple entertaining tips. Here’s a party trick that’s both fun and practical: When you’re serving up hors d’oeuvres on toothpicks (bacon-wrapped dates, meatballs, cubes of cheese), place a lemon on the table to collect all the used picks. You’ll avoid gathering up stray […]

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How Much Wine Should You Serve?

Follow this general rule of thumb to ensure you have enough wine to serve (without overbuying) at your next event.

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Top 15 Thanksgiving Emergency Fixes From Sunset.com

I’ll have to admit… I’ve never actually hosted Thanksgiving and cooked the entire meal myself. Last year, I provided the space, but my mother and mother-in-law brought most of the food. Lucky for me, this year I am getting off easy again and assigned  only a few sides. The pot-luck tradition has been great but part of me is interested […]

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How to Keep Side Dishes Warm

When hosting a big dinner, it’s nearly impossible to have everything come out of the oven at just the right time. If you’re preparing a large meal, use this tip to keep side dishes–like mashed potatoes–warm while the rest of the food finishes cooking.

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Wednesday Trivia: Holiday Parties

When it comes to the holiday social season, do party invites make you jolly, or turn you into a Grinch? Online ticketing service Eventbrite just released a Holiday Celebration Trends which includes some interesting (and very merry) information: Over 60% of people plan to attend as many or even more holiday events in 2013 as they did last year. The […]

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How to Listen to Christmas Music (That You Actually Want To Hear)

It’s that time of year again—when you want to enjoy holiday music on your own terms, and no longer be at the mercy of radio stations to play your favorite songs. Fortunately, you’ve got many options. A few of our cost-free picks: If you know exactly what you want to hear: Spotify Love a very specific version of “The Christmas […]

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A Good Reason to Not Wear Heels

Going to a holiday party in someone’s home who you know has hardwood floors? Here’s a reason to opt for flats instead of heels: You could potentially damage your friend’s floors. According to the National Wood Flooring Association, walking on a wood floor in high heels can cause dents. In fact, a 125-pound woman in heels creates an impact of […]

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The One Thing Your Holiday Houseguests Won’t Tell You from Apartment Therapy

This past weekend we hosted our first houseguests since moving (which was back in late September). One of my good friends from college came to visit with her two children, one of whom I’d never met (and may get the best behaved baby award—she was the easiest one-year-old… ever). We had a great weekend and picked right up where we […]

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