Having a summer party that looks like a million bucks doesn't have to mean spending a million bucks. Here are nine easy DIY ideas that will make your next outdoor party especially memorable... and that won't break the bank.
Are you a robot who is always ready for spur-of-the-moment guests? Good for you! The rest of us humans need to fake it once in a while. Here are twenty easy ways to do just that. Make your home look loads better in a hurry with one or two (or more if you're feeling motivated!) of these low effort, high-impact (and dirt-hiding) tips.
As the only person in my friend group who does not still live with their parents, we often end up having drinks at my apartment. For the most part, it's a good time and my friends are great guests. However, there is one guest (who is a friend of a friend) who has a habit of coming in and promptly playing her own music on her phone (very loudly) as the party soundtrack every time she comes over. This is frustrating as I often have my own music playing and she will play her music right over mine so we have both going at the same time. In addition, if my music is just loud enough that she can't play hers over it, she will change it music to something she likes without checking first. I use my Macbook for this purpose, and I am hesitant to let people just pick it up and use it, especially when they're holding a beer as they look through my music library! We also have very different tastes in music — which adds to my annoyance as she is critical of my taste and is vocal about it. How can I get her to stop doing this? Other guests have noticed this and feel that I should say something, but I don't want her to feel unwelcome or cast a damper on the party.
There are a lot of things to celebrate in the summer. Whether you're throwing (or attending) Fourth of July celebrations later this weekend or you are staring at a ton of party and wedding invitations on your fridge right now, read through these dos and don'ts of successful summer celebrating. You might find yourself enjoying the art of entertaining more and getting more out of the gatherings you attend!
The popularity of cocktails is on the rise, and the home bar is making a comeback in the American home. But even if you're not lucky enough to have a wet bar, you can still set up a dedicated space for mixing drinks, no matter the size of your home. Read on for plenty of ideas from our tours.
Do you have plans for guests to be trickling in this summer? In between your own travel plans and busy life in general, you might find yourself pressed for time before receiving visitors. Check off the items on this list for a quick way to make sure you've got it all together before houseguests arrive, this season and beyond.
Q: I am lucky enough to have a decent sized apartment in Brooklyn, NY. The only problem is that all my space is in my bedroom! I'd love to have a dinner party or a game night or just anything where I can have a decent number of people over, but I'm worried it would be awkward to have everyone hanging out on my bed!
You probably have big plans to celebrate America's birthday today and you might even be participating in some traditions that have been in place since the very first Independence Day. Way back in 1776, John Adams made a few suggestions for future Independence Day celebrations that sound pretty familiar (and if you happen to drink a few beers at some point today, we have no doubt our forefathers would have heartily endorsed that, too). Here's why we do what we do on the Fourth of July.
Name: Rebecca Rosenfelt & Michael Yamartino Location: Bernal Heights, San Francisco, CA Size: 1,200 square feet Years lived in: 3 years; rented Years hosting on Airbnb: 6 years
When Rebecca and Michael were apartment hunting, they never saw themselves in a big modern lofty space. So when they first saw this light-flooded Bernal Heights home, they couldn't picture themselves living there. But then they fell in love with the bright and airy space, and they realized they could personalize the apartment to suit them. Sure enough, their mix of traditional and eclectic furnishings are a surprisingly perfect fit for the contemporary space. Their home is clean and simple, but also cozy and welcoming, for the couple and for their many Airbnb guests.