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Can I Get You Something From the Bar? (Not)

“What should you do when you’re at a party having a conversation with someone, and you suddenly realize they are obviously not listening?” writes a reader named JS. “You are talking away, when you notice the person you are addressing is straining to hear another conversation going on nearby,” she writes. “How does one handle this situation?” Cut your losses, JS. […]

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2 Easy Spring Hosting Tips (Just in Time for the Holiday Weekend)

If you’re hosting a get together this weekend here are two fun ideas from bloggers to make your party a little bit better. First, if you’re dining al fresco, serve salads or drinks in clear glass cookie jars with lids. That way your food will stay protected from flies and leaves or debris. Here’s an example from 4 Men 1 […]

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Last-Minute Super Bowl Party Idea: Do-It-Yourself Nachos

I’m a big fan of do-it-yourself parties—they get people talking, mingling, and interacting, which is the point of a get-together in the first place. Plus, people end up having a lot of fun when they get to be hands-on. Here’s an easy way to entertain for the Super Bowl if you’re short on time—just set up a nacho bar and […]

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Slate Boards for Entertaining

Since I moved to Paris I noticed that about every third restaurant I got to serves food on a slate board. Whether it is being used as a cheese plate or breakfast, slate boards are all the rage. I picked up a few and am surprised how often I use them. Sometimes you just want a small serving platter for […]

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The Ultimate Baked Mac and Cheese Recipe

January is a tough month—you’re full of resolutions to eat healthier, work out, and shed some pounds, but the weather is bitterly cold, it gets dark early, and you just want to cozy up on the couch with a bowl of something warm, carb-y, and cheesy. I opted to start my new year with the latter by making one of […]

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Sequin Wall

Last week I made a giant sequin wall for a New Years Eve party. This would be great as a photobooth backdrop or even just decoration. It does take some time to assemble but the whole thing can be made without too much money. The only problem is I like it so much I find myself never wanting to take […]

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Dress Code: Blue Jeans or Sequins?

A New Year’s Eve party is arguably the biggest dress-up opportunity of the year. But what’s the definition of “dress up” these days? I wore jeans and a sparkly beaded top to a holiday open house two days ago — and felt pretty good about it until I read what columnist Helena Eichlin has to say here on the subject. […]

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Snack Smartly at Tonight’s Holiday Party

Tonight as you’re standing at the hors d’oeuvres table at your holiday party, which of the two appetizers will you opt for: pigs in a blanket or a mini quiche? In the end the better option is the mini quiche because while they are both high fat foods, the quiche does at least give you a bit of calcium and […]

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A New Baby, a Toddler and …House Guests for the Holidays? Ho Ho Ho

Major dilemma!  “I have my mother in law and her female friend coming to visit for the holidays,” writes patina21. “They are staying for two weeks. … “We have a three-bedroom house, a 2-year-old and a new 4-month-old baby. I only have one guest room. I have a futon in our game room, but the game room doesn’t have the […]

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Pardon My Bed Bugs

What if you’re about to host a big family gathering and a few days before the event, one of the guests sends this email: “GUESS WHAT?!  We discovered bed bugs in our apartment this morning.” Happy holidays, indeed.  There I was the other day, setting the dining room table for 16, when I got the news that two guests were […]

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