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How to Keep Wine Cold

When dining al fresco, keep your favorite white cold by wrapping a straight-from-the-freezer cold compress around the bottle and securing it with a rubber band.

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How to Give a Toast

Being tasked with giving a toast at any special occasion sends my stomach into knots. With all eyes on you, the pressure is on to deliver poignant, well-chosen words. Next time you’re asked to raise a glass, make it memorable (in a good way, of course!) by following this five-step guide.

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Smart or Silly: Bottle Cap Cuff

Have you ever found yourself poolside with a beverage, but no bottle opener? With the new Ooh La La Bottle Cap Cuff by Three Jane on your arm, you can skip the hassle of walking back to the house.

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How to Choose a Good Bottle of Wine

Picking out a bottle of wine should be simple enough, but finding the right one among endless aisles of bottles can be intimidating. Here’s how to take the stress out of your shopping trip.

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What’s Better: Lump Charcoal or Charcoal Briquettes?

If you’re planning on firing up the barbecue this Memorial Day weekend (come on weather, improve already!), you may be gearing up for a trip to the hardware store to buy some charcoal for the grill. So which should you get: lumps or briquettes?

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Smart Product: Built NY Picnic Bag Available for Pre-Order

I don’t normally like to feature items that aren’t available immediately, but I love this new picnic tote from Built NY too much to wait. It looks just like a regular tote, doesn’t it? But…it unfolds into this: It’s everything you need for an outdoor meal in one tote. The bag includes: 4 sets of plates, flatware, and wine glasses. […]

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How to Make Guacamole with Hard Avocados

Finding ripe avocados isn’t always easy. So when you’re stuck with the hard-as-rock variety—and you don’t have any time to let them soften—try this trick from California avocado grower Carol Steed: Place 2 peeled, pitted avocados in a blender with 1 cup peas (fresh, or frozen and thawed), and then pulse until smooth. The peas will help soften the consistency […]

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According to Science: Koozies Do Keep Drinks Cold

Before you start using that koozie (or cozy depending on where you’re from) as a fruit protector as we’ve shown here, check out this study via Lifehacker that shows a koozie actually does keep your drink cold. Not only does it insulate the can against rising temperatures, it prevents condensation from forming on the outside of the can, which makes […]

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What’s Your BBQ IQ?

Before you fire up the grill for your next summer party, see if you can answer these questions before looking at the answers below. 1. Besides citronella, what else can keep mosquitoes away? a) Garlic b) Electric fans c) Lemon dish soap d) Watering the lawn 2. What often overlooked detail should go on your barbecue invitation? a) The time the […]

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Must-Do Tips for Spring Entertaining via Refinery29

Our friends over at Refinery29 have pulled together the top “must dos and don’ts for creating the perfect soirée— no matter your budget.” From centerpiece ideas to color scheme tips, this list will have your dinner guests talking. To see the full slideshow, click here. More entertaining ideas from RealSimple.com: 10 Festive Party Drinks 26 Beautiful Table Settings Host a Spring Luncheon […]

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