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Halloween Party Ideas

Contemplating a Halloween party this year? I have been to a lot of great Halloween parties. Here are some of my favorite ideas for a successful spooky party. – Fill the tree out front with 100 black crows – Wrap the entire house in fake cobwebs – Make costumes mandatory – Have a fashion show. Have guests write a description […]

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5 Entertaining Dishes I Can’t Live Without

When I entertain I find myself going back to the same five dishes over and over. Here are my five favorite serving dishes that I keep in my hostessing arsenal! 1. A Big White Platter Food always looks appetizing on white. I use platters for anything from large side dishes to serving a veggie tray. This one from CB2 has […]

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The Perils of the Last-Minute Invitation

Last Friday I was talking to a friend about her plans for the weekend. She mentioned, with clear irritation, that she’d been invited to a friend’s birthday party that was happening the very next day. I asked her why she sounded so annoyed, and she said there’s nothing ruder than being invited to a party the day before it’s supposed to occur. Obviously, she reasoned, she wasn’t really wanted at the party to begin with, or she would have been invited long before. “It’s so clearly a B-List situation,” she said. “Or even C-List.”

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