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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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, […]
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, […]
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!
“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. […]
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 […]