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Party Food With a Pit: Now What?

As we head into the heart of the summer barbecue season, here’s one of those perennially tricky etiquette situations we’re all going to have to confront: “How do you properly eat an olive with a seed in the middle—or a cherry—when you are at a party?” wrote a reader named MJ. That’s actually a great question, MJ. There was a […]

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It’s National Cheese Day! How to Create the Perfect Cheese Plate

Did you know that today is National Cheese Day? In honor of this delicious culinary holiday, here’s how to select the perfect balance of flavors and textures for the cheese plate at your next party. Serve one from each of the following categories: 1. Blue (Gorgonzola, Cashel Blue, or Stilton) 2. Semifirm (Manchego, Fontina, or cave-aged Cheddar) 3. Super-aged (Comté, […]

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‘Dead on Time, as Only the Dreaded Can Be’

Most party guests know how to interpret an invitation. If it says “starts at 7,” that usually means, “The host will be dashing around, attending to last-minute details until 7:15, after which she will be happy to see you.” But not all guests. This week’s etiquette question comes from a reader named JoanieK, who wrote: “Whenever I have a party, […]

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Keep Bugs Away From Your Backyard Buffet

This weekend is the unofficial start of summer, and if you’re planning any outdoor feasts, you’ll need this trick. To keep bugs away from your favorite dishes, simply place a mesh colander on top of the bowls or plates. Then remove when it’s time to serve. Have a great holiday weekend!

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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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