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10 Reasons Women Hate Their Birthdays

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A few weeks ago, I texted my brother to see if he’d had a good birthday. “It was great!” he said, “I stayed home, ate some roast chicken, and watched a movie.”

“Wait, that was a good birthday?” I asked, trying to communicate my confusion without being rude. “I’m glad you were into it, I’m just not sure I would call that a good birthday.”

His response was quick and to-the-point: “That’s because women always hate their birthdays.”

At first I got a little offended by the generalization, but when I thought about it, I have indeed hated my birthday every year for the past decade or so, as have the vast majority of my friends. Why do so many women greet their day of birth with “UUGGGHH” rather than excitement? Why have I cried myself to sleep with a belly full of birthday cake on more occasions than I can count? Why do men seem immune to many of these birthday issues? After some self-reflection and polling a ton of lady friends, I’ve settled on these 10 reasons: Keep reading »

Frisky Rant: Asking Friends To Pay Cash To Attend Your Parties Is Hella Tacky

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The following is an etiquette question sent to one of my favorite blogs, The Kitchn, from a reader:

A friend just invited me to his home for Thanksgiving dinner — and asked me to pay $50 upfront. I understand that hosting can be expensive and I wouldn’t mind being asked to bring a dish, but asking guests for cash seems incredibly rude. Am I crazy to be a bit miffed? Has anyone else experienced this? If so, how do you handle it? Should I tell my friend that this is not the norm?

Of course you’re not crazy to be miffed! What’s crazy is that people actually do this. Keep reading »

9 People You’ll Meet At A Halloween Party

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Halloween parties are a special breed of social gathering. Everyone’s wearing costumes, which makes the whole thing much more exciting (and confusing), plus there’s usually copious amounts of spiked punch to be consumed, “Monster Mash” dancing to do, and cheesy pickup lines to be attempted. Overall, it’s one of the most unpredictable nights of the year. One thing you can always count on, though, is that you’ll meet these nine people on the Halloween party circuit… Keep reading »

We Want To Go To There: London’s Hot Tub Cinema

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I love movies. I love hot tubs. I love champagne. I love rooftop parties. I love London. Hot Tub Cinema just happens to be a combination of all of those things, so obviously I want to get in on the action. For the past year, Hot Tub Cinema has been putting on rooftop hot tub parties where guests can sip bubbly, flirt with moviegoers in neighboring hot tubs, watch the sun set over the London skyline, and enjoy quality films such as “Anchorman.” I can think of worse ways to spend a September evening. [Oddity Central]

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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10 Party Foods Guaranteed To Make You Popular

I spend most of my life thinking about food, but as soon as I get an invite to a party that includes the phrase, “Please bring a dish to share,” my mind goes completely blank. For someone who loves to cook, I’ve showed up at way too many parties sheepishly holding a store-bought cold cuts platter. But you know what? I think it’s finally time to tackle the party food challenge. I sought out 10 crowd-pleasing treats that are easy to make, easy to eat, delicious, and–in certain cases–downright adorable (grilled cheese bites, anyone?). Click through to check ‘em out, but beware: these recipes could cause your social calendar to fill up very quickly…

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