It is possible to entertain like Martha Stewart, minus the sprawling vineyard estate. All it takes is a little ingenuity and a few cake stands. Here are five foolproof, actionable ideas to help you make the most of your small space for entertaining friends and family for the holidays or anytime.
I love Christmas so it pains me to disparage fellow Christmas lovers, but I must, for my own peace of mind, ask: what the heck is going on here??? It always makes me a bit glum to see people dragging their Christmas trees out to the curb on December 26th with looks of "okay, fun's over" on their faces. But what troubles me more is the perplexing occurrence of curbside trees in the spring. Is there any sane explanation for this? Help me understand.
Winter is the perfect season for hosting a dinner party. A hearty meal helps chase away the cold weather blues and brightens up the dark nights. Make your guests feel special with their own place setting (plus, you can sit chatty Uncle Leo at the other end of the table — the perks of hosting). Just a little planning ahead will allow you time to create one of these simple DIY name setting ideas. Some of them even double up as a little gift for your guests to take home.
So you got a few duds this year (sans receipts naturally). They're nice things, just not your style. So what exactly are the rules about passing them on to someone else? Here's the right way to regift.
"I don't know what to say, but it's Christmas and we're all in misery." If this Christmas Vacation quote sums up how you feel about spending the holidays with family, then this article from the Wall Street Journal is a must-read. Even if you don't have the so-called dysfunctional family, there are smart tips to help everyone get a handle on even the smallest of squabbles.
Children have been leaving cookies and milk out for Santa Claus since the 1930s. While a napkin with a few Chips Ahoy is plenty enough to make the big man smile late at night, we think Santa deserves a little treat this year. The idea isn't to mess with tradition, but to create a new one by trying a different recipe or new project with your little ones. Here are some of our favorite ways to elevate this Christmas institution:
I feel like I've been conditioned to despise Poinsettias. They're everywhere this time of year. And so cheap and easy to find—I guarantee you can get one for $5 right now at the grocery. I thought there was no luster left for me when it comes to the common Poinsettia, but these modern takes on the colorful flowery plant have made me reconsider. I think I'll pick one up on my way home tonight.
If your dad is anything like mine, he's awesome, loves granola, art, and science, and is still introducing you to cool stuff ("Fine, I'll give Dr. Who a try I guess, dad..."). What do you give the dude who gave you life? Here are some ideas:
My family lives in Florida. My husband's family is in Michigan. Unless somebody wants to bring back the Concorde and give us first-class tickets, it's impossible for us Atlantans to see all of our nearest and dearest on Christmas day. Instead, we spend the end of the year gathering gifts and shipping them away— to family, to friends, even to Secret Santa recipients halfway around the world. It gets... expensive.
I look at the many House Tours that are featured on this site as a treasure trove of inspiration, and the holidays are no exception. Oftentimes when we shoot around the holidays, the spaces are decked out in Christmas decor and the homeowners personal style always shine through. Here are a few of my favorite examples: