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.
Going out for New Year's Eve is fun, but so is hosting your own big shindig (bonus: you don't have to fight for a cab home). Be ready to capture the memories with your own photo booth. Everyone loves to ham it up in front of the camera and it gives your guests a great souvenir of their super fun night. Here are eight glam and glittery DIY photo booth options to try:
Still feeling like there's a corner of your home that's missing a bit of holiday cheer? Need something else to add to your home but don't want to spend a lot of time, money or energy doing it? Consider one of these five easy decor details you could whip up in minutes and end up with a last-minute but lovely bit of holiday cheer to add to home.
"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:
The holidays are one of those rare times when entire families are together, ensuring no one will be missing from great pictures and memories. However, if you often find that you are not hugely excited about about the images that come out of these wonderful days, there are a few things you can do to make more memorable images.
When I was a teenager, I was mystified by the holiday tipping guides in magazines: do all grownups have a hairdresser/dogwalker/doorman, and fret annually about how much/whether to tip them? Growing up- and 14 years in customer service- has taught me that it doesn't have to be so fraught...
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: