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How To Prepare The Perfect Cheese Board

As I’ve mentioned before, my boyfriend Nick is a cheesemonger, which means he spends at least 40 hours a week packaging, preparing, selling, discussing, and sampling cheeses. With the holiday party season just around the corner, I thought it would be fun to combine our talents and force him to help me write a post about cheese on his day off. A cheese board is really just a simple spread of a few different cheeses and accompaniments, and thanks to the surging popularity of artisan cheeses and gourmet food websites, it’s easier than ever to get your hands on some truly fabulous fromage these days. I asked Nick to pick three types of cheeses and a few accompaniments to create a foolproof cheese board guaranteed to impress party guests and your taste buds. Ready to get started? Just click on the gallery and say, “Cheese!”

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Get Stuffed At Your Next BBQ

We’re psyched for spring for a number of reasons; warm weather brings bare legs, iced coffee, peonies, and, perhaps most importantly, the desire to fire up the grill. (Though we live in New York City, we purposefully collect a few friends with backyards and/or roof decks for such things.) A simple burger may be acceptable to serve at a barbecue, but we’d rather, to quote Emeril Lagasse, take things up a notch by stuffing our burgers with cheese, mushrooms, and other yumminess. Too bad every time we’ve tried it’s been a horrible mess. Not anymore! Williams-Sonoma’s Stuffed Hamburger Press makes the whole process neat and simple. Now can they come up with a way to stuff hot dogs please?

[$12.00 Williams-Sonoma]

Conversation Starters From The Palm Of Your Hand

At a loss for words? Whip out these babies to get the conversation flowing. These topic cards are perfect for a long road trip, lightening up a discussion, or just getting your friends to think. Use them at a dinner party, or keep them on your coffee table. There are questions like “What’s the most beautiful place you’ve ever seen?” and “If you could spend one year in any country which would you choose?” With 135 open-ended questions, you’re sure to be entertained. Who wants to discuss the weather or politics when you can spice things up like this? Let the chatter begin.

[$9.95 Crate&Barrel]

We’re Going On A Picnic, And We’re Bringing …

Summer has all of us here at The Frisky craving good old-fashioned, outdoorsy fun, but, alas, we are stuck in our office, clicking away on our computers. To quell our cravings, we’re going on a virtual picnic in the park. In true summer spirit, we’re each bringing one thing. I’ll start. I’m going on a picnic, and I’m bringing a bright red bandana. They’re great outdoor accessories and come in handy for all kinds of picnic games. Besides, they remind me of sleepaway camp. Care to join us? We’re going on a picnic, and we’re bringing … Keep reading »

Frisky Entertaining Etiquette 101 For Hosts And Guests

Some people can entertain graciously or be an enthusiastic guest effortlessly. For others, the thought of throwing a party or stepping into a room full of strangers makes them quake in their high heels. I’m one of those people who thinks of invitations as a blessing and a curse. Sure, I want to be invited to parties and hang out with my friends, but I also hate feeling lonely in a room full of associates or people I barely know. I can’t be the only one who feels like she’s expected to perform when she’s a guest at a party. I used to feel that entertaining at home was too much work on my day off, so I haven’t had a party in more than two years. But it’s the summer and we’re still in a recession, so it’s time to get to entertaining. Whether you’re a host or a guest, here’s the etiquette to ensure you have a night to remember … positively! Keep reading »

Are Multiple Birthday Parties Becoming, Like, A Thing?

Last night, circa 8 p.m., you would have found me three-deep in cherry vodka cocktails. Tomorrow’s agenda? Cupcakes on the beach. Why all the fuss? My bestest friend in all the world/co-pilot in Lindsay Lohan self-tanner-testing, Christiane, is turning 26. Drinks with the girls aren’t enough for this bitch! She won’t be happy until we’re singing “Happy Birthday” as we pick pieces of sand out of our frosting.

This is not my first bout with multiple birthday celebrations. People are still mocking my boyfriend for hosting four — yes, four — birthday parties this year. But it wasn’t because of a big ego or anything like that: David is just the most friendly, social guy on the planet and he celebrated four times with different friends who couldn’t all make it on one night. I guess if four different groups of pals offer to pay for your drinks/dinner, why not go for it? Keep reading »

How To Throw A Backyard Bash On The Cheap

Bar tabs, cab fares, and cover charges — it’s all just too expensive sometimes! Money is tight this summer, but that doesn’t mean you need to cut down on your social gatherings. Why not bring the party back to your place to save yourself some dough? If going out too much is emptying your wallet, use these tips to throw the best backyard bash of the summer. Keep reading »

Shopping Guide: Outdoor Tablecloths

I like hosting outdoor get-togethers because they’re a whole lot more relaxed than regular entertaining. And even though a barbecue doesn’t require the same effort as a cocktail party, it’s still fun to spruce up the backyard for guests. Along with hanging a garland, try one of these nine outdoor-appropriate and inexpensive ($50 or less!) tablecloths for your Memorial Day festivities.

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Serve Dharma Food And Drink At Your “Lost” Series Finale Party

If you’re hosting a “Lost” season finale party this Sunday (or attending one), make sure to pick up some Dharma Initiative snacks and beverages for the gathering. Your local grocery store doesn’t carry the brand? No worries. Just print off some handy-dandy labels for products from beer and wine to chocolate bars and cashews, and your guests will feel like they’re stuck on an island with a scary smoke monster. [Max Pictures] Keep reading »

How To Throw A Kick-Ass Party

Over the weekend I threw a big birthday bash for my husband’s 40th. It was the third party we’ve thrown in the last year — not counting small dinner parties — and about the tenth or so since I moved in almost three years ago, so I like to think I’ve learned a thing or two about being a good hostess. It’s a lot of work, but I like entertaining and with all of us getting older, starting families, and watching our budgets in this economy, parties are often the only time we all have a chance to get together and catch up these days. Plus, people seem to have a great time at our place and that always makes the effort worth it. After the jump, check out my top tips for throwing a kick-ass party. Keep reading »

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