The holidays are approaching and you know what that means: pie! Maybe that sounds like a joke, but eating pie (and most holiday foods) is a perfect example of a ritual at home. And the more you practice them, the richer these rituals become.
Now, don't get me wrong. I can cut a rug to "The Monster Mash" with the best of them, but there are so many creepy, dark, and spooky songs out there that it seems a shame not to bring some new tunes into the fold.
For all those in-charge, always-organized holiday pros already far into holiday planning, this post isn't for you. For the rest of us who just recently noticed it's already the middle of October, you might find these four get-ahead-holiday things to tackle right now helpful!
One of my favorite parts of hosting a dinner party is setting the table, so I'm always looking for a little tabletop inspiration. Jessica Graves, the Atlanta-based writer whose living room we featured Friday, also sent us these photos of her dining room, staged for an intimate dinner party.
I moved into my first all-mine, no-roommates apartment in mid-August. Less than three weeks later, I was throwing a housewarming party. It's okay if you think I'm insane (my best friend did); but if you haven't had people over yet, there are compelling reasons to just do it already. Here's why:
Trick-or-treating is usually the big Halloween "event" but if you've got a Halloween party in the works - you're gonna need some games. Here are thirty creative ideas to keep kids entertained and burning off the holiday sugar.
Once we bit the bullet and ordered a sleeper sofa for our guest room, I started thinking: how many nights in a hotel would this same amount of money buy? Would we actually come out ahead by paying for our guests' lodging instead of a piece of furniture?
When I started Apartment Therapy as a design service in NYC in 2001, I quickly noticed that if I helped someone to improve their home, but their refrigerator was empty, progress halted. In other words, no matter how lovely I was able to get a home to look, if my clients didn't come home to cook and eat, everything got cold and dusty. This got me thinking about the importance of cooking in the making of a home...
With the holidays around the calendar corner, you might find yourself hosting or being a guest at a great many dinner parties and get-togethers. Do you know the best ways to getting the party started and keeping a great conversation going? Do you always have everyone in stitches? Share your secrets to help those who are on the shy side out!