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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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Holidays or HOLYdays?

“Ms. Slatalla, your advice on holiday hosting is not only wrong, it’s rude. First off, the holidays are HOLYdays, based on religious celebration and ritual.” This week, a reader named loschinchi wrote to say it’s not OK to skip the prayer before Thanksgiving dinner just because praying might make guests uncomfortable, disagreeing with my Modern Manners column in Real Simple‘s November issue. […]

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Pantone Seating Cards

These pantone inspired place cards spotted over on frolic! are genius! Such a simple and great way to continue on a color theme of a party. The classic pantone swatches are perfect for those design junkies among us. I also love the idea of making these for a dinner party or baby shower. Photos by Scout’s Honor for Frolic

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A Wine Tasting Diary Can Help You Know What To Buy

I’m not sure if it’s commonplace in the rest of the country, but in the Mid-Atlantic wine is a form of gratuity among friends. If your neighbor lets you borrow his lawn mower, you give it back to him with a full tank of gasoline and a bottle of wine. If your friends invite you over for dinner and tell […]

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Easy Potluck Ideas

Earlier this week a friend asked me to help him make an entrée for an international potluck lunch he was supposed to participate in at work. When we were planning the dish, he made two recipe suggestions: chicken paprikash and shepherd’s pie. I suggested going with the latter since it would be easier to double the recipe and serve to […]

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