entertaining tips

  1. Decor & Themes

    Add a touch of class with DIY cocktail party decor

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    Keeping up with life's demands doesn’t leave much room for time with your friends. When everyone finally comes together for a night...
  2. Entertaining How-tos

    How to creatively display desserts

    Sugar and spice and everything nice — that’s what sweets are made of! You've taken the time to bake, ice and decorate your treats....
  3. Entertaining How-tos

    How to plan a cocktail party

    You’ve made the rounds to your favorite weekend hot spots. It’s the same old scene week after week, and it’s time to break the mold!...
  4. Entertaining How-tos

    How to pick the right serving accessories

    Imagine attending a black tie affair in a floor-length gown… while wearing a pair of combat boots. It’s not a good move if you’re...
  5. Entertaining How-tos

    How to set your table for a summer BBQ

    Fire up the grill and get outside! With summer just around the corner, we’ll show you how to set a knock-your-socks-off table that’s...
  6. Kitchen and dining

    Decorating Diva: 8 stylish ways to impress your guests

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    Welcome to Decorating Diva , where every week we share fresh, fun ways to update your home and spice up your living space! We...
  7. Home

    10 Things your guest room needs

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    Before your next houseguests arrive, gather up these 10 thoughtful and practical items to place in your guest room. Make their stay...
  8. Entertaining Checklists & Tips

    5 Tips for stress-free entertaining

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    If thoughts of guests arriving, pots simmering and cakes baking give you heart palpitations, then take a deep breath. Just keep...
  9. Entertaining Menus & Recipes

    Host an Oscars-caliber party: Tips from the Governors Ball event planner

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    Can you imagine a party that includes 4,000 small plates, 6,000 cocktail forks, 1,000 bottles of Moët & Chandon Champagne and 1,400...
  10. Entertaining Checklists & Tips

    Tips for serving food during the big game

    If you are hosting friends and family on game day, try these nine easy tips to make preparing and serving food a snap. Keep the...
  11. Decorating How-tos

    How to make homemade holiday place settings

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    To make your holiday dinner parties festive from start to finish, be sure to set the stage with these easy homemade holiday place...
  12. Organizing & Cleaning

    4 Spaces to keep spotless when expecting visitors

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    When company's coming, you have a lot to do, between making trips to the store, preparing food and putting your house together. It...
  13. Organizing & Cleaning

    Detailing your house for company

    You may not detail-clean your house when your best friend is dropping by for the weekend, but smudgy baseboards and other small...
  14. Organizing & Cleaning

    Real women speak: How I clean for company

    For most of us, cleaning is not fun. And when company's coming, it can get stressful. The best way to cope is to clean at your own...
  15. Party Planning

    How to be the best hostess

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    Hosting an event – be it a backyard barbecue, holiday bash or cocktail soirée – takes effort. Not only are you part of the party,...
  16. Entertaining

    7 Summer party hostess gifts

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    Don’t you love the friend who has a knack for entertaining and invites you to so many of her summer parties, you never have to fuss...
  17. Holidays & Seasons

    How to host the ultimate summer patio party

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    There's nothing quite like sitting around with friends in your backyard, eating great food that’s been grilled to perfection and...
  18. Entertaining

    Ask the Hassle-Free Hostess

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    I’ve made just about every entertaining mistake in the book. But, with a little persistence, I’ve also pulled off some pretty darn...
  19. Entertaining Checklists & Tips

    Expert holiday entertaining tips: Stress less and cut costs

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    Want to approach your holiday gatherings like a pro? Be it your first time inviting holiday guests into your home or your annual...
  20. Celebrations

    Elegant holiday meal planning: Tips to create an eye-catching holiday feast

    Looking to impress your holiday guests but not looking forward to spending a fortune on pricey holiday dinnerware and expensive...