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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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Progressive Dinner

Recently some friends and I did a progressive dinner. That’s where you start at one house to have a course and then continue on to another house for the next course. It’s so fun because you get to visit a few different homes and go on a little adventure together. I think these work so well for Holiday parties because […]

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Hobnob Trashcans

When you are entertaining usually what to do with your garbage is an afterthought. In reality there aren’t a lot of good solutions. Your normal garbage cans probably can’t handle all your party guests which means you’ll be emptying garbage in the middle of the party. Your other option is a garbage sack sitting limp in the corner–not the best […]

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An Easy Thanksgiving Side Dish Starring…Brussels Sprouts!

I’m a fan of many fall and winter vegetables. Butternut squash. Cauliflower. Parsnips. But the nearest and dearest to my heart is the lowly Brussels sprout. If you think you hate them, I strongly encourage you to give them another try. When overcooked, Brussels sprouts can turn into a mushy, stinky, skunky mess (in fact, I first had them this […]

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Freeze Candles for Longer Burn Time via Apartment Therapy

Next time you’re lighting up the candles for a dinner party (or just a weeknight meal), try freezing them first. Doing so will make them burn more slowly, meaning you’ll be able to enjoy them longer. For the best results pop them in the freezer the night before. Get the full details on Apartment Therapy.

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Handmade vs. Store Bought

  It’s almost become ubiquitous on TV, in popular movies and books: Harried working mom doctoring some store-bought item, trying to pass it off as handmade. Whether it’s cupcakes for a school function, dessert for a dinner party or your daughter’s Halloween costume, who among us has not fretted over whether it’s better, easier, smarter, faster or cheaper to make […]

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Entertaining Out-of-Town Visitors

Most of my friends live here in New York but jobs, graduate school, and familial obligations have scattered a few of my closest friends throughout the East Coast. I love to entertain visitors and it’s always great to catch up with an old friend, but I can’t help feeling some pressure when hosting out-of-towners. As with any highly-anticipated and planned […]

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