more about: entertaining

How to Windproof Your Outdoor Table

Make wind less of an issue by skipping the tablecloth. If you can’t bear to part with linens, hold them in place by sandwiching each corner with a pair of mutually attracting magnets.

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15 Fourth of July Desserts

Celebrate the stars and the stripes the sweetest way. These delicious (and beautiful!) desserts will help you round out your Fourth of July meal. All-Star Berry Tart from All You Old Glory Cherry-Blueberry Pie from Sunset Strawberry Shortcake from Real Simple   Mini Summer Berry Pavlovas with Strawberry Sauce from The Kitchn   Red Velvet-Berry Cobbler from Southern Living   Still […]

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How to Serve Ice Cream to a Crowd

Need to feed a bunch of hungry kids? Avoid a mess by starting to scoop before the party even begins.

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4 Ways to Repel Mosquitoes

If you have an outdoor shindig planned for this weekend or next, you’re no doubt wishing that all the mosquitoes in your vicinity would just bug off! Here’s how to make it happen (more or less).

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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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