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.
Did you entertain as much as you wanted to in 2014? We spend a lot of time beautifying our homes, but most of us don't share them as often as we'd like. Let's look back at our best advice for entertaining at home, so that we're ready to kick off 2015 partying in style:
Thinking about throwing a holiday party, but are worried about it being blah? I got together with an old friend in 2007 and put together this simple primer, which we've been updating and collecting comments on ever since. Are you hosting one this season and need last minute pointers? Here's Party Architecture to the rescue...
Anyone that knows me knows that I am a big fan of wrapping with kraft paper. I have been using it for years and it has not gotten old yet. Sometime I just simply pair it with some neutral twine, other times I drag out my craft box and get creative. The possibilities really are endless. Here are 10 of my current faves — all of which use a little green which feels festive this time of year.
We've all been to the holiday party with the lackluster spread: You know, the one with the sad-looking shrimp cocktail and the flimsy plastic deli trays? We're pretty sure that science backs us up on this: food tastes better when it's served from a beautiful buffet. Right, science? This year, let's build a food table that's delicious, decked out and — dare we say — glamorous.
Are you hosting a special dinner this winter season? My favorite way to dress up a table is with some simple greens and plenty of candles. You can use clippings from your yard and your holiday tree; you can even use herbs from your kitchen if you have an over abundance. Here are five lovely arrangements to get you inspired.
It happens to the best of us: We accept a last-minute invite and need to pick up a thoughtful hostess gift; We put off our online shopping until shipping deadlines are passed and we dread facing the lines at the mall; or we just accidentally left a name off the list.
There is nothing like a festive table to get you in the mood for the holidays. Whether you are throwing a big bash, a dinner party or having a small family dinner, consider dressing your table up. Here is some inspiration from around the web to get your wheels spinning!
I’m having a sit-down dinner party later this month and I’m struggling to plan the menu. Is it impolite to serve meat - as well as vegetables - when you have a vegetarian over? Should I just go totally vegetarian for this guest or should I serve what I want (meat) and make a separate veggie dish.
The holidays are upon us, and with them holiday guests. From our video archives, here are a few tips for getting your home overnight guest ready, so that having friends or family crashing at your place will be a blissful experience and not a stressful one.