more about: entertaining

Do You Need to Use Place Cards?

While there’s no hard-and-fast rule about using place cards, arranged seating can help keep awkward situations at bay. Read: Do you really want the introvert and the politico seated next to one another?

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10 Minutes Before Guests Arrive—Do This

In the last few minutes before party or dinner guests start arriving, the best thing to do is quickly touch up the bathroom. It’s one of the rooms that likely everyone will see, and it is very apparent if it’s not clean. Here’s the 10-minute cleaning plan for your bathroom: 1. Wipe out the sink. 2. Wipe down the mirror […]

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Link Round Up: Eggnog Recipes

I don’t know about you, but I LOVE eggnog. I know it’s not all that healthy for you, and I admittedly tire of it fairly quickly, but as a seasonal treat it’s the best (beat out only by hot apple cider). That said, I’ve never made eggnog before, so I did a little investigating and found a range of recipes. […]

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Add These Fruit Crisps to Your Party Food Supply

I’m always looking for new foods to add to my entertaining pantry—those foods that I can keep on hand and pull out for snacks when I have unexpected or last-minute guests. And these new dried fruit crisps from Simple & Crisp will be a new staple for me. I got a chance to try them last week, and they are […]

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Holiday Entertaining: Make Your Own Cocktail Shaker from a Mason Jar

I don’t know about you, but I only own one cocktail shaker. I live in a small apartment after all. But with holiday party season now officially upon us (I’ve been mentally planning my outfits all week), I’m not sure one shaker will cut it. Luckily, one thing we do have in abundance in our apartment is mason jars. So […]

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The Perfect Apple Cider from HuffPo Taste

This past weekend I attended a one year-old birthday celebration where the hostess, and my dear friend, served hot apple cider (spiked for the adults). It was the perfect cocktail to celebrate such a special occassion, plus kick off the holiday season. Our friends at HuffPo Taste have an apple cider and spiced rum recipe that caught my attention. It requires early planning but promises a great outcome. See […]

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To Please Your Turkey Day Guests, Buy a Wine That’s Hard to Pronounce

In the market for a bottle of wine that goes with turkey and stuffing? If you don’t know much about varietals or aging, you can always choose one with a tongue twister name. Research shows that not only are people willing to pay more for wines that are difficult to pronounce, but they also prefer the taste of tongue twister […]

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Would You Buy Wine from Amazon?

Amazon has made forays in to so many different product categories (books, music, movies, décor, and fashion), and now they are dipping their toe into the wine barrel and offering discount bottles online as well. They have launched with delivery in select states—California, Connecticut, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, Oregon, Washington, Wyoming, and the District of Columbia. […]

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Planning a Dinner Party? This Website Makes it Easier

There are few things I love more than going out to eat with a big group of friends. Alas, there are also few tasks I find more annoying than figuring out a date that fits everyone’s busy schedules. So I was thrilled to come across the website whichdateworks.com. You don’t even have to register for an account to use it. Just […]

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Watermelon Pops! (Plus, a Boozy Option)

What better way to celebrate Independence Day than with a juicy slice of watermelon? Make it easier to eat by adding a popsicle stick to the rind and storing them in the fridge or freezer before serving. For a decidedly grown-up twist, “marinate” the watermelons slices in tequila, and dip in coarse salt for a twist on the classic margarita! […]

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