Halloween Board Games Perfect for a Low-Key Night at Home
Whether you’re hosting a party, staying in for the night waiting for trick-or-treaters, or have just returned home from your own candy grab, you’ll probably have some downtime on Halloween night—the perfect opportunity to sit down in a small group and play a game. A spooky game.
May 3, 2019
8 Bewitching Table Ideas for Your Halloween Bash
As I’ve gotten older, Halloween has become less about the candy and more about the party. Obviously, sweets (and spirits!) are still part of the equation. But these days, I’m more interested in creating a chic treats table or spooky dinner centerpiece than picking a costume. Might have lost some of you with that last statement, but maybe I can win you back with this party table inspo. Black-and-white is such a classic color combo, especially at Halloween.
May 3, 2019
How NOT to Clean Right Before Your Guests Arrive
If you’re like me, then about half an hour before any house guests arrive you frantically run through the living and dining room, sweep any evidence of actually living in your home off of your surfaces, and jam all that crap into the nearest drawer/cabinet/closet to create the appearance of cleanliness. I would literally sweep clutter under a rug, if I could! Unfortunately, it would probably look lumpy under my flat-weave carpets.
May 3, 2019
This Chic Entertaining Line Is An Amazon Exclusive
Once upon a time, not so very long ago, we didn’t expect much from paper plates and napkins, except that they (hopefully) held slices of pizza and cake. The days of sheer utility, however, are long gone. Disposable paper goods and plastic utensils that we not-so-secretly covet in a more permanent form can be found at multiple retailers.
May 3, 2019
This $10 Plastic Container Changed How I Eat Dinner
There are many ways living in Germany has changed my life, but the greatest change came from a most unexpected source: a cheese box. How has a five-Euro plastic container made such a huge impact on my dinner habits and well-being? And what makes a cheese box so superior to a dedicated cheese drawer in your refrigerator? A cheese box is ingenious because you can fill it with cheese from the market and put it straight on your dinner table — that’s why.
May 3, 2019
How To Fold Towel Animals at Home Like a Luxury Hotel
You know you’re staying in a luxury five-star hotel when your wash cloth or hand towel is folded into some sort of flower or zoo animal. It’s one of the little touches that signifies the level of care that’s been put into every aspect of your stay, so how cool would it be if—without a lot of extra effort—you could surprise your house guests with the same experience?
May 3, 2019
The 2-Cent Secret to Perfect Flower Arrangements
Few things brighten up a room like a gorgeous bouquet of flowers. So what to do when you have a beautiful bunch of flowers but can’t seem to arrange them nicely in the vase? Fret not my flower-loving friends, there’s hope to be had. We put our thinking caps on and discovered an unbelievably easy and inexpensive way to score a perfect flower arrangement, no pesky spool of floral wire necessary. Zip ties!
May 3, 2019
This Quick Trick Will Tell You If Your Cutting Board Is Too Small (It’s a Big Problem)
For all the talk around wood versus plastic, there’s very little talk about the SIZE of cutting boards. And this is one case where size really does matter. One of the biggest mistakes we see time and time again? People opting for cutting boards that are too small. A too-small cutting board is not only awkward to use, but it can also be unsafe! We’ve all done it before: You’ve pulled out a little guy, thinking you just have to mince some garlic.
May 3, 2019
Here’s the Perfect Game For The Wes Anderson Obsessed
If you’re looking to add some joie de vivre and competitive spirit to your Friendsgiving in a way that says, “I like movies,” look no further than this Wes Anderson card game. This whimsical set features the quirky characters each of the writer and director’s cult classics. The game is designed by Belly Kids, which describes itself as a group that has “fun releasing books, prints, tapes and all sorts of odd accessories.
Apr 30, 2019
Party! Gray Malin Collaborates with Paperless Post on Invitation Collection
Get ready to party: Just in time for summer soirees, fine art photographer Gray Malin is bringing his beachy imagery to a new collaboration with digital card platform Paperless Post. The 15-piece collection, which launches today, is full of sunny inspiration and vacation vibes. “As someone who truly loves entertaining and special occasions, I am thrilled to partner with Paperless Post on a special collection of digital invitations,” Malin tells Apartment Therapy.
Apr 30, 2019
Embrace the Ease of a “Day-of” Party (So You Can See Your Friends More)
Life is stressful enough as it is—so make this the weekend you stop putting unnecessary pressure on yourself when it comes to hosting. Does your house need to be impeccably clean with a three-course dinner planned and a carefully crafted evite in order to have a good time? No. Is it easy to get swept up in appearances and pretend it does? Absolutely.
Feb 25, 2019
How to Get Your Home Ready for Holiday Guests
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. Our first tip comes from professional organizer Justin Klosky, who suggests leaving space in your guest room for your guests.
Feb 24, 2019
6 People Told Us What They Notice About Your Messy Home
We polled some of our favorite cleaning, organizing, and design experts on what messy spots they might pick up on in others' homes.
Feb 4, 2019
The Best Trivia Board Games to Play on National Trivia Day
Here’s some fun trivia for you: January 4 is National Trivia Day. And what better way is there to celebrate than to partake in a fun little pop quiz of your own? From classics like Trivial Pursuit to newer games like Wits & Wagers, here are 10 of our favorite trivia board games—for National Trivia Day, game night, or just a random night at home. This iconic board game is beloved by trivia purists and game-night lovers alike.
Jan 4, 2019
9 Things to Do (Besides Play Games) When You Have People Over
From sending invitations, to catering, to prepping and cleaning the house, a party host has a lot to think about. One thing they shouldn’t have to stress over? Whether their guests are going to have a good time. With ample food and drink, a party is always a good time. But when partygoers aren’t well-acquainted or Uncle Joe has a tendency to ruffle feathers by talking politics, it’s smart to have a few tricks in your back pocket.
Dec 22, 2018
One Small Thing You Need to Do Before Any Guests Come Over
When it comes to keeping my house clean and having people over, I try to do my best and then have an upbeat, que sera attitude about whatever’s left undone. We can never please everyone, and trying to leaves us drained and disappointed in ourselves. (Never a good thing.) Besides, I figure that if anyone I invite into my home is displeased by its condition, well, that person may not be a good relationship investment.
Dec 19, 2018
Your Guests Should Never Have to Ask for These 4 Things
No matter who your guests are and how often they’ve been to your house, it’s rare, probably impossible, for a guest to truly make themself at home in your home. As cliché as the phrase may be, as hosts we definitely want our guests to feel comfortable enough to rummage through the nightstand, for example. But we absolutely don’t want them to feel uncomfortable, either.
Dec 15, 2018
Why I’m Going to Start Folding My Laundry in Front of Guests
For most of us, it’s standard practice to clean before guests come over. We want them to feel welcome and comfortable in our house and we honor their presence by creating a general air of order and cleanliness. And on the other hand, we certainly don’t want to be judged for our dusty baseboards and the inside-out socks that seem to always be peppered throughout the house. But there’s more.
Dec 11, 2018
The One Thing You Shouldn’t (and Can’t) Recycle This Time of Year
Tis the season for celebrating, which means you’ll be stuck with some post-party cleanup sometime over the holidays. But before we get too deep into the holiday party season (a.k.a. “oops” season), it’s important to remember that a certain seemingly recyclable material actually isn’t actually salvageable at all.
Dec 10, 2018
How to Actually Put Together a Sleek (But Useful) Bar Cart
Because looks are just part of the equation. You gotta be able to drink from it, too.
Nov 27, 2018
If You Drink Wine (Ever), You Need This $9 Amazon Find
Wine isn’t something my husband and I save for weekends or special occasions. We actually enjoy it most nights of the week—casually, though! Just a glass with dinner to toast to the day. (It’s a habit I developed from my days in Italy and really do enjoy the ritual.) This means that once we open a bottle we’d really like for it to be able to last us a couple of days, as a single bottle of wine holds about four to five glasses.
Nov 26, 2018
Hands Off: 10 Things You Should Never Touch in Somebody Else’s Home
Make yourself at home... sort of!
Nov 20, 2018
Um, Did You Know You Can Make Wine in Your Instant Pot?
The Instant Pot is one of the biggest food trends of the past few years, and it is only getting bigger. People are obsessed with it because it does the work of seven other appliances and takes up less space in the kitchen. It can pressure cook, slow cook, cook rice, steam food, make yogurt, warm food, and sauté food. And now it looks like the Instant Pot is actually an eight-in-one machine, because you can even use it to make wine. Yes, wine! It sounds unbelievable, but it’s true.
Nov 12, 2018
10 Things You Should Do 10 Days Before Thanksgiving
I hate to be the bearer of stressful-yet-delicious news, but the American holiday of Thanksgiving is just about 10 days away. Luckily, 10 days is plenty of time to ready both your appetite and your home. If you’re hosting Thanksgiving this year, this list is a lifeline for staying on top of things and avoiding that frantic day-before energy.
Nov 12, 2018
We Are Buying Reese Witherspoon’s Favorite Holiday Items ASAP
When the season of giving rolls around, sometimes (all the time) we’re stumped with what to give. How many times can you give a candle, a bottle of wine, a coffee table book (although these are all great options when you need a last-minute gift)? But this year, Reese Witherspoon has heard our cries and has come to the rescue with her recommended holiday picks from Crate & Barrel.
Oct 26, 2018
Here’s How Tiny House Dwellers Have Friends Over (with Less Space Than You)
When you live in small space, inviting people over can be tricky—simply for the lack of real estate. There’s limited place to prep crudités and even less space for everyone to sit. But if you want to throw a party in a less than lush apartment, a quaint country bungalow, or a trendy container home, there are some space-saving tricks that can make hosting less of a challenge and actually, well, fun.
Oct 20, 2018
Here’s What That Drawer Under Your Oven Is Actually For
I’ve been cooking for most of my adult life, and I’ve never actually been completely sure just what that drawer under the oven is for. It seems like a good enough place to store baking pans, but that also feels like wasted space, or that it should actually be for something besides storage. I’ve never really used that drawer for anything.
Oct 17, 2018
10 Gifts for Design-Conscious Hostesses
When a bouquet of flowers or bottle of wine just won’t fit the bill, try one of our hostess gift suggestions that stray from the norm. Whether invited over for dinner or for an entire weekend (or longer) stay at her home, we’ve got a perfectly priced range of items she’s sure to fawn over no matter the occasion. For the fashionista who has everything, gift her this classic design book.
Aug 26, 2018
10 Beautiful Bar Closets Worth Toasting To
We hate to break it to you, but bar carts are so yesterday. Today, interior decorators and design fans are taking their love of libations to the next level by turning their extra closet space into a wet bar. If you ask us, this is one trend that’s here to stay. Not only will you have plenty of space to store bottles of bubbly, glassware, and other accoutrements, you have the opportunity to turn something as mundane as a hallway closet into a bonafide design moment.
Aug 2, 2018
I Stayed in Airbnbs for One Year & This Is What I Learned
Two years ago I was in a state of constant travel, on a trip that took me from my home in Seattle throughout the United States and Europe. Along the way, I learned a variety of lessons. I learned how to pack really, really well. I learned how to let go of attachments to most of my possessions, especially when I couldn’t fit them in my bag. And I learned a handful of useful (and not-so-useful) expressions in German, Greek, and French.
Jul 20, 2018
The 6 Smartest Ways to Use Your Slow Cooker in the Summer
While you might associate the slow cooker with colder months, it doesn't need to collect dust the second it gets hot out.
Jul 15, 2018
10 Smart Little Things I Do for Houseguests
Depending on where you live and your proximity to a popular summer travel destination (the Grand Canyon? Disney World? New York City?) you may find yourself deep in houseguest season. I don’t live in a particularly touristy city, but I host houseguests frequently, and I think it’s part of the fun of having a house with room to share. In fact, in just a few weeks my husband’s brother and sister-in-law will be piling in with their three kids for a sleepover.
Jun 22, 2018
10 Smart, Introspective Questions to Ask Your Partner at the Dinner Table
“How was your day?” Every couple sharing an evening meal together has asked this question. It’s a fine question; you care about each other, after all, and are genuinely interested in what happened that day! But sometimes, especially for couples who’ve been together a long time, dinner conversations can settle into the same grooves night after night — work talk, complaining about the subway, what’s new with the kids.
Jun 9, 2018
What’s the Difference Between a Gas Grill and a Charcoal Grill?
The battle of charcoal versus gas grills is one for the ages — and the grilling enthusiasts in your life are sure to have strong opinions. But if you’re considering buying a grill for the first time or, perhaps thinking about making the switch from #teamgas to #teamcharcoal (or vice versa), what are the key factors you should consider? We’ve laid it all out here. There are a few reasons to opt for a charcoal grill, not least of which is cost.
May 28, 2018
Outdoor Dining Essentials That We Can’t Believe Are Made of Melamine
With summer entertaining just around the corner, it’s time to refresh last year’s tired tumblers and worn-out tableware. Luckily, you don’t need to spend a ton to get a high-end, high-quality look. Forget the glassware and breakable pieces; this year it’s all about easy to serve, easy to care for melamine. With prints and quality this great, your guests will be coming back for seconds (and thirds!). Read on for our choice picks below.
May 26, 2018
50 Things to See, Taste, Hear, Feel & Smell Between Memorial Day and Labor Day
Just like New Year’s Day is a benchmark for the mind, the start of summer is a benchmark for the soul. At some point in the calendar (Mother Nature waits not for the Summer Solstice), rain and blooms give way to hot, humid mornings. It’s around this time of year that you find yourself reaching more for shorts over jeans, and longing to introduce some simple pleasures in your day. A cool drink wet with condensation. A delicious waft of BBQ on the grill.
May 25, 2018
Party of Two: The Best 2-Player Board Games for Couples to Play at Home Together
This might be the homebody in me talking, but I happen to think date night at home is better than date night out in nearly every way. The drinks are cheaper. The clothes are comfier. And, if you have the right game, it can be a really fun night for you and your love to get competitive and cuddly all at once. Based on recommendations from Amazon, Board Game Geek, Reddit’s /r/boardgames and my own experience, here are some of the best two-player games for couples to play on their own.
May 24, 2018
36 Simple Ways You Can Be a Better Neighbor
Feeling nostalgic for those Wonder Years neighborhood vibes, or the cozy camaraderie of Friends-esque living situations? Or maybe you just don’t know what to do about all those other people who also happen to live on your street.
Apr 28, 2018
Stop Washing The Dishes: THIS is What Hosts Really Want From Their House Guests
Bless the houseguest who hops up after a great meal and beelines for the kitchen sink. Thank you for your service on the serving ware, but also for saving the rest of us from the awkward dance of feeling out which one of us guests was going to volunteer as tribute to the trifle dish. Somewhere in the course of home history, “doing the dishes” became synonymous with “being a good houseguest.
Apr 25, 2018
Survey Says This is the Grossest Thing You Can Have in Your Kitchen
I’m not swayed by inner satisfaction or the captivating sparkle of a spotless countertop. No—my main motivation for cleaning my space is almost always making sure that the people who see it don’t think I’m gross. (Even if those people are just the UPS guy and my local Thai place’s delivery driver.
Apr 18, 2018
4 Tricks for a Lively Table Convo (That’ll Keep Everyone Off Their Phones)
When my in-laws came over for Thanksgiving, we had a wonderful time together. Nothing like a visit from grandparents and three fun uncles to keep the kids happy and entertained while I prepared our feast. I was surprised, then, when our ’round-the-table conversation was devoid of the effervescent conversation I’m used to with my own (Italian) side of the family. I became acutely aware of the silence and then the inordinately loud sound of forks tinkling on plates.
Mar 29, 2018
So You’re Going to an Easter Mass or Passover Seder and Have No Clue What You’re Doing…
Being invited to participate in any family’s tradition—religious or not—is an honor, and one that should be treated with a ton of gratitude and respect. But what should you be doing? With spring holidays just around the corner, here are some things to keep in mind if you’re going to your first Easter Mass or Passover Seder.
Mar 27, 2018
How to Throw a 30-Something Dinner Party on a 20-Something Budget
I’ve always been in love with the idea of hosting dinner parties. My mother used to host game nights at our house when I was a kid, and she’d also throw parties for milestones throughout the year. As a 20-something adult, I’ve loved venturing into the playful, well-appointed world of hosting. But working with a tight budget, mismatched flatware (I know we have another fork somewhere around here), and small spaces means the way you go about it looks a little differently.
Feb 7, 2018
25 Recipes That’ll Take Your Super Bowl Party to the Next Level
Every year the impending arrival of the Super Bowl incites a parallel culinary sport: churning out lighter takes on wings, healthier spins on classic dips, and “fresh” appetizer ideas beginning (but not ending) with kale chips. But you know what? Just like Thanksgiving, there’s no call to go off-script with the Super Bowl. Just like you want marshmallow-topped sweet potatoes, I want seven-layer dip and hot wings.
Feb 3, 2018
6 Things You Can (and Should) Clean in Somebody Else’s Home
No matter how familiar you are with your hosts, staying over makes you — by definition — a guest in someone else’s home. An extra person in someone else’s space. A gracious host will tell you to “make yourself at home,” but no matter how you choose to live at your own place, there are certain things you must do to be a good houseguest in somebody else’s. Specifically good guests always, always clean up after themselves.
Dec 15, 2017
The “Lost Art Form” Meghan Markle Says Should Make a Comeback
In a world of overflowing inboxes, communication is often instant, nearly constant, and usually “urgent.” And brief, if we’re lucky, because the daily struggle to get to inbox zero is all too real. Sure, you can get your flirt on via text or email, or send off a quick thank you or congratulations, but what happens when you want to communicate in a more personal, romantic, lengthy or memorable way?
Nov 30, 2017
Where to Stack Coats and Bags When You’re Having a Big Party in a Small Space
Nothing is more fun during the holiday season than hosting friends and family for a gathering. But what happens when you love to entertain but don’t actually have a ton of room or even a proper coat closet to store everyone’s stuff? Fret not, friends—a cramped living space doesn’t have to be a problem. Here are five options to consider when deciding where to stow your guests’ things during your holiday festivities this season.
Nov 22, 2017
Real People, Real Advice: Hosting Overnight Guests in a Small Home
Last week I asked a number of stylish, smart people who happen to live in teeny tiny homes to share their advice for hosting holiday dinners and gatherings. Their tip and lessons were enormously helpful! In this post, I asked them to tackle the subject of overnight guests — something I struggle to deal with in my small-ish one-bedroom apartment.
Nov 20, 2017
Competitive Tablescaping is Real, and it is a Delight to Behold
Humans have competitions for all kinds of strange things: holding beer steins, racing lawn mowers, chasing a wheel of cheese down a hill. But these all seem positively mainstream compared to a competition that is held annually at the L.A. County Fair, where participants attempt to outdo each other in setting the table. But these aren’t just any tables. These are the most elaborate (and occasionally absurd) tablescapes you have ever seen.
Nov 16, 2017
6 Things Everyone Forgets to Tell Their House Guests
One of the keys to being a good host? Anticipating your guests’ needs. When friends or family come to stay with you, you make sure they have clean sheets and towels and know where the bathroom and the garbage is — so you’ve got the basic important things covered. But there might be a few things that you’re forgetting to tell them (and for some of them, they might be too embarrassed to ask) that they should definitely know.
Nov 16, 2017
Actually Helpful Advice for Hosting in a Small Home
For many small space dwellers, the thought of entertaining over the holidays—inviting friends and family into a teeny amount of square feet—is plain daunting. Don’t let the challenge of hosting in a small home get in the way of your dinner party dreams this holiday season, though. Not only is entertaining in a small space possible, it can be downright pleasant! And these real small-space dwellers share their tips, advice, and lessons learned.
Nov 13, 2017
How to Quickly Give Your Guest Room a Glow Up
If you like someone enough to let them stay inside your home, chances are you like them enough to want them to have a nice time during their visit. Help that happen by making sure your guest room is a cozy and functional place to stay before the holidays get here! Guest rooms can easily turn into “junk” rooms the longer they sit unoccupied.
Nov 8, 2017
The Major Home Rule You Might Break This Holiday
Most of us have those few die-hard house rules that no one dares contest. (Maybe it’s the way you put toilet paper on the roll or what gets put in the dishwasher versus hand washed.) But in a time of year when guests frequent our homes and a bustle of activity means that not everything will go your way, consider letting go a little bit and embracing a gracious spirit of hospitality that puts your visitors’ comfort ahead of your own.
Nov 8, 2017
Never Overstay Your Welcome Again: This Etiquette Expert Tells You Exactly When to Leave a Dinner Party
As holiday party season quickly approaches, you may find yourself revisiting all of your party habits. Do you show up early, same bottle of wine in tow? Arrive late empty-handed but full of good cheer? Keep a series of excuses in a draft folder on your phone and just sit the whole thing out all together?
Oct 30, 2017
Do You Clean for Guests? You’re in the Minority, According to This Study
You know that mad-dash feeling you get when you find out a guest is coming over last-minute and you don’t have time to clean (you know, the one where you run around hiding things in closets and wiping down everything you pass by at warp speed)? Or when you have plenty of time to plan and get ready, do you spend way too much energy trying to get things exactly right for your guests? Yeah, me too—on both fronts. But as it turns out, not everyone is on the same page.
Oct 28, 2017
Perfect Pairs (Under $30) For an Effortlessly Creative “Friends Night In”
“Entertaining” is a big, scary word… especially if you feel like your home is in a constant state of “in progress,” and your skills in the kitchen can best be described as meh. But “having a few people over for a quiet night in”? That’s doable. A simple get-together doesn’t have to be boring, though.
Oct 27, 2017
Redditors Are Explaining How to Get Out of Awkward Social Situations & It’s Hilariously Helpful
For an introvert and homebody like me, it takes a lot of energy to get psyched enough to head out to a party. Mainly because I just know I’ll get stuck in a conversation about something I’d rather not talk about, probably with someone I’d rather not talk to. In those situations — where a once-pleasant conversation takes a turn for the worse and I need a fast out — I find it helps to heed the Boy Scout maxim and “be prepared.
Oct 25, 2017
Where My Booze At: Easy Ideas for Storing Wine & Liquor
The autumnal wind is blowing through and makes spiked cider that much more appealing. It’s also making me want to make my home a little cozier. So with cider on the brain (or in hand) and home decor to peruse, join me in picking out a DIY bar storage option for those extra holiday spirits! Let’s start with the simple brilliance Colie Christensen shares in her Apartment Therapy home tour. She simply added legs to a standard IKEA bookcase that perfectly fills a long wall space.
Oct 24, 2017
The Only 3 Things You Need to Clean Before Having People Over
We’ve all been there. It’s Friday night and after a long work week, you make it home just in time to remember that you’ve invited your friends over—gasp!—in an hour. Your sink is full of dirty dishes and you haven’t swept in days, so naturally, panic ensues. But before you pick up your phone to cancel or postpone, perhaps consider a new a plan of action.
Feb 10, 2017
7 Things You Should Do in the 24 Hours Before a Party
Hosting a few friends for dinner shouldn’t be an anxiety-inducing experience. We’re all about scaling your party to match your enthusiasm, and not the other way around. But if you do want to boost your zeal for entertaining and start throwing bigger, better bashes… we have a few ideas. You can become a more confident host if you know a few organizing party tricks.
Feb 9, 2017
The Modern Holiday Tabletop That Looks Good Any Time of Year
As the holidays quickly approach, getting your dinner table set (and styled) will certainly be on your to-do list. If you’re looking for a fresh twist on a time-old tradition, look no further. Sarah Ashley Schiear, of Salt House, shares her simple tips on decorating your tabletop from fork to plate — and more. And best of all? It’s affordable…sleek…and can be used any time and any season. (So no need to buy all new things you’ll only use once or twice a year).
Dec 17, 2016
The Safest Conversation Starters for Any Social Situation
Meeting new people should be a fun experience, but making small talk feels more like a chore than anything. Going to parties, seeing distant family over the holidays, talking to new people at bars—they all can become daunting and super emotionally draining after a while. Sometimes it’s so hard to know what to say, you just don’t want to say anything.
Dec 8, 2016
Think Outside the (Gift) Box: 5 Unique Ways to Give Presents
When it comes to doing gift exchanges, you know the standard options—Secret Santa and White Elephant exchanges are fun ways to celebrate the holidays with friends, coworkers and family, but you’ve probably done them dozens of times. If you’re in want of a more creative way to give gifts this year, here are a few ways you can liven things up a little, while still giving fun, thoughtful gifts to your friends and loved ones.
Dec 1, 2016
The Best Ways to Store The Dishes You (Almost) Never Use
‘Tis the season to be merry—and host dinner parties, of course. It’s time to break out a couple of bottles (or boxes, no judgment here) of wine, about a metric ton of food and, well, the dishes to help you serve said culinary delights. Since most of us don’t host large dinner parties every day, this means some of the extra dinnerware used during the holidays isn’t in regular rotation.
Nov 24, 2016
The Secret to Serving Up a Stylish Table
If you’re intimidated by the lingering memories of friends or family member’s sophisticated, traditional Thanksgiving tables, take heart. The table setting in Rory and Chris’ LA wonderland is here to inspire and inform you. This holiday season (or any time of year) forget traditional holiday color palettes or minimal vibes. This here is your anatomy of a perfect table setting: a distracting explosion of the color, patterns and textures that you love.
Nov 24, 2016
Advice for Real Life: Entertaining Tips from a Small Space Studio Dweller
When Amelia, who runs the design business Urban Cottage NYC, moved into her 490 square foot Hell’s Kitchen studio apartment, she was ready to live small. What she wasn’t willing to do was give up the feeling of having different rooms. “I still wanted to feel like I had a real dining room, where friends could hang out, or where I could write or sew or do projects while watching TV,” she writes. As you can see from her house tour, she totally aced the furniture placement.
Nov 23, 2016
Unpredictable (Yet Perfect!) Presents: 7 Host & Hostess Gifts You’ve Never Thought to Give
Hosting Thanksgiving is no small undertaking, and if you’re lucky enough to be someone’s guest, you might want to repay their hospitality with a token of your appreciation. These seven gift ideas, ranging from affordable and handmade to as-fabulous-as-you-can-afford, go beyond the predictable wine, chocolates, plants, and candles. Treat your host to something that they’ll remember, and be sure to get yourself invited back next year.
Nov 21, 2016
10 New Traditions to Try Out This Thanksgiving
We’re all familiar with Say What You’re Thankful For, Break The Wishbone, and Eat Way Too Much Pie, but these 10 new traditions might lively up your annual family feast—for many years to come. Encourage your guests to bring canned/boxed goods to donate to a soup kitchen or homeless shelter. For every item they bring, they get one ticket for a raffle.
Nov 20, 2016
The Sneaky Ways You Can Tell Lingering Party Guests That It’s Time to Leave
Entertaining at home is practically addicting. You always catch a little natural high getting ready to share your space with friends and family. But later that night as the clock winds forward, you’ll find yourself yawning in the kitchen wishing you could just straighten up a little and hit the sheets.
Nov 18, 2016
A Refreshingly Realistic, “Good Enough” Plan for Cleaning Before Hosting Houseguests
As we’re heading into the season of potlucks, cookie exchanges, and cocktail parties, let’s remember that our friends and family are coming over to spend this special time with us, not to judge our homes. Even if we’d like everything to be “perfect,” we only need to tackle a few issues to make our homes welcoming and inviting.
Nov 17, 2016
Social Butterflies Tell Us Their Secrets on How to Gracefully Exit Any Conversation
Navigating a party doesn’t require a map—just a little bit of charm. And know this: If you’re not born with social finesse, it’s certainly something you can borrow. The next time you find yourself in a conversation that you need to dip out of—for a drink, a bathroom break, or just to take a breath—use one of these lines. We tapped a panel of entertaining experts in order to lend you some of their secrets for making a graceful exit from a tight circle.
Nov 17, 2016
Behavior That’ll Guarantee You Won’t Get Invited Back
Have you ever had a friend stay with you, only to immediately regret it because of their behavior? Maybe they ate all your food and didn’t offer to contribute, or maybe they were much better at making messes than they were at cleaning them up. On the other hand, have you ever wondered if maybe you’re not a good houseguest?
Nov 17, 2016