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 »
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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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 »
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 »
Actor Simon Baker moved over the weekend, and besides his sexy, spec-wearing face, we couldn’t help but notice how stylishly he stayed hydrated. Instead of wasteful (and potentially harmful) plastic water bottles, he sipped on tap water, flavored with slices of lemon, from a pitcher. Now we can’t wait til the next time we entertain at home. Besides water, we’d like to mix up a signature drink in bulk and let guests refill their glasses from the communal carafe. Click through for eight pitchers that’ll make any drink look chic. Keep reading »
Everything is set up for your perfect dinner party or get-together. The menu is ready and the decorations are up. All that’s left is to pick out what you are going to wear. We’ve all been there, staring into our closets and emptying our drawers, clueless about what would be the best outfit for the occasion. Here then are some do’s and don’ts of hostess attire.
The main outfits to avoid when you’re playing hostess for extended family is anything that could make relatives uncomfortable.
Do wear a cute Mrs. Clause costume to entertain the little ones, or a favorite Easter bunny light-up sweater paired with a cute hat.
Don’t wear something your significant other would rather see you in alone. Keep reading »