It can be tough to get everyone outside in the winter, what with the windchill factor, freezing rain, and infinite amount of layers required...but it's so worth it! I've gathered a handful of sweet and low-stress outdoor activities that might be perfect for this winter, and many winters to come.
If you're anticipating a blue Christmas, what better way to avoid the sadness than by hosting a feast with friends? Let the decor be blue instead of your mood! And while the ostensible occasion is Christmas, I've made sure to choose items that will allow you to carry the "blue" festivities over to the rest of the year.
I should know better than to flip through a copy of Martha Stewart Living this time of year — there's already enough crafting and cooking to be done, no additional projects necessary. But then I saw them: cloth napkins embroidered with guests' names, place cards and welcoming gesture all in one. All other projects have been postponed while I search for cheap napkins to stitch...
Thanksgiving has just about arrived and two things are certain: 1. the grocery store is out of canned cranberry jelly, and 2. somebody is already deciding which filter to apply to their pumpkin pie Instagram. It's time to face the music: texting and sharing online are ubiquitous, even at the dinner table. But there's still a necessary code of conduct as host or guest for a well-mannered Thanksgiving meal.
On a recent too-cold-to-go-out-even-for-us day, our house became a makeshift stadium for countless throwing and running around games — anything we could come up with to burn off energy and avoid going stir-crazy. Invite your friends and their kids over for an all-out tournament and updated classic snacks, or, don't invite kids and use the party to "test" all their yet-to-be-wrapped gifts!
Hosting Thanksgiving is a major endeavor, but hosting overnight guests is an even more fraught proposition because nobody leaves when dinner is over. Nothing makes overnight guests feel more out-of-place than a stressed out host. If you have overnight guests coming this holiday, here are some tips for creating a relaxed experience that will make you want to do it again and make them feel truly welcome.
When my family gathers at my grandparents' farm for the holidays, where do their 7 kids, 18 grandkids, 19 great-grandkids, who-know-how-many great-great grandkids, and all of their partners sleep? Anywhere they can...
The turkiest and tastiest of all holidays is coming up — are you ready? If you're planning on hosting friends or relatives for Thanksgiving this year, here are some simple tips for making it the best Thanksgiving yet.