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Tea sandwiches and cookies are arranged on a tiered server. Bowls of berries and olives and jars of iced tea surround it on a blue tablecloth.

How to Throw a Summer Tea Party

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While we here at Plum Deluxe believe that any time is a good time for a tea party, summer really has stolen our hearts. When hosting a summer tea party you have so many options. Hot or cold? Inside or outside? To play games, or not to play games? The options are only as limited […]

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A white teapot and teacups, scones, loose leaf tea, and a silver spoon that says "Curiouser and Curiouser" are laid out on a wooden table.

Communi-tea Roundup: Serving Tea to a Crowd

While I’d be the first to tell you that tea is an appropriate beverage all year ‘round, there’s something especially lovely about serving tea in the springtime. Whether it’s the longer days, perfect for sipping a cold brew on your porch, or maybe just the awakening and re-connecting after a long winter that perfectly lends […]

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overhead view of an evening tea party table with turkey chili, cornbread, salad, crackers, and tea.

An Effortless Evening Tea Party

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We typically think of hosting our tea gatherings in the morning or afternoon, but sometimes the best fit for our schedule is right after work, in the evening. You can host an effortless evening tea party with these simple but heartful menu and entertainment suggestions. Stress-Free Food Commit to just an hour or so for […]

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Three Easy Snacks to Bring to a Party

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We have all had that moment: You’re headed out to a party and suddenly it dawns on you that you’ve completely forgotten to bring any kind of dish to share. Now, it’s always ok to show up with a bottle of wine to share as well, but sometimes you just need a last-minute party snack. […]

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How To Throw a Mystery Book Club Tea Party

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It’s no mystery why we love our mystery novels: it’s the thrills and suspense, the adventures that let us escape from everyday routines. We get to mingle with the good and bad guys, and hunt for clues as the plot unfolds. If you’re a super fan of the mystery novel, then check out how to […]

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When you’re planning your cold-weather parties with friends and family, turn to this warming winter foods list for easy and creative small menus.

Warming Winter Foods List for Easy Entertaining

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When you’re planning your cold-weather parties with friends and family, turn to this warming winter foods list for easy and creative small menus. Menu duos offer simplicity to your planning when hosting a party, and they highlight for your guests memorable tastes to truly savor. Gluten Free: Chicken and Dumplings & Rice Salad This hearty […]

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Coming up with tea party entertainment ideas can seem like a daunting task, but it needn’t be. From food to drinks to game, we've got you covered.

Tea Party Entertainment Ideas Sure to Please

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When you think tea party, what comes to mind? Fancy hats? Sure. Multiple courses of sandwiches? Why not. Of course, delicious pots of tea abounding. But what to do in between cuppas and conversations? Coming up with tea party entertainment ideas can seem like a daunting task, but it needn’t be. The Food While entertainment […]

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Throw a joyous celebration for your friends and family with the following Kwanzaa recipes and party ideas.

Kwanzaa Recipes for a Joyous Celebration

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Kwanzaa, observed from December 26th to January 1st, is a relatively young holiday. It celebrated its 50-year anniversary in 2016. The seven-day celebration highlights seven principals: unity, self-determination, responsibility, community, purpose, creativity, and faith. Throw a joyous Kwanzaa celebration for your friends and family with the following Kwanzaa recipes and party ideas. Seasonal Colors The […]

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This build-your-own bagel party is the perfect thing for your next brunch menu or afternoon tea party.

How to Set Up a Build-Your-Own Bagel Party

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Is there a better way to serve brunch to a large group than a build-your-own bar? We aren’t thinking so. After trying out this brunch bagel party setup we are convinced that this is how we should tackle all large brunch gatherings going forward. There’s a bagel and topping combination out there for just about […]

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Gifts for People Who Like to Entertain

We love parties: throwing them, going to them, wining and dining with people we love. When invited to a party — or even a small gathering of friends or family — it’s good practice to bring a token of appreciation. Or maybe you just need a little something for a party-throwing friend. The best gifts […]

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Mulled Wine & Pizza Party with Cauliflower Crust Pizza

Mulled Wine & Pizza Party with Cauliflower Crust Pizza

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Wine and pizza are a classic pairing, but as fall rolls in we thought it would be fun to kick it up a notch by combining homemade mulled wine and pizza to create a fun fall pizza party. It’s the perfect last-chance way to finish up the outdoor entertaining season. With the beautiful fall colors […]

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The Art of the Antipasti Tray

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In my family, we have taken the humble antipasti tray and turned it into a focal point of all our celebratory dinners. The word antipasti means “before the meal,” but in my family the trays have a way of becoming the meal! Antipasti began in Italy as a way for families and restaurants to serve […]

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Dia de los Muertos Tea Party with Mexican Cinnamon Drink

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Skulls made out of sugar may seem like a bizarre feature for a fabulous tea party, but on Dia de los Muertos — The Day of the Dead — they are perfectly suited for a treasured day of remembrance and partying. Far from a macabre ritual with hints of Halloween ghoulishness, Dia de los Muertos […]

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Orchard Tea Party

How to Throw an Orchard Tea Party

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An orchard in fall is a place of abundance and golden beauty, with trees covered in crisp apples and fragrant pears waiting to be picked and turned into pies, preserves, and hard cider. With such an abundant place for inspiration, an orchard tea party becomes an event of intoxicating scents, delicious foods, and moments for […]

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Diwali Party Ideas

Bright and Cheery Diwali Party Ideas

You may have seen the beautiful colors of India in pictures of the biggest Hindu festival called Diwali. Occurring in October or November of each year, it’s a party that lasts five days, celebrating the victory of light over the forces of darkness. You can host your own colorful and light-filled Diwali-inspired gathering with these […]

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How to Do a Murder Mystery Party

How to Do a Murder Mystery Party

Filled with mystery and intrigue, and dramatic character acting, what could be more fun than a rousing game of who-dun-it? Here’s how to do a murder mystery party of your own. The Party Kit For your first murder mystery party, look for a game that isn’t too complicated. Before you select a game, read the […]

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Diner Themed Party Ideas

3 Ideas for a Diner Themed Party

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Diners are known for their friendly charm and down-home hospitality offered in nostalgic, retro style. Serving American food such as hamburgers, French fries, sandwiches, and soups, they offer hearty fare at a reasonable price. You can host a friendly diner themed party with these three easy ideas. Checkers and a Jukebox Anything checkered is reminiscent of a diner setting; […]

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How to Host a Fall Harvest Tea Party

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Harvest is a time of celebration and preparation before the long, dark days of winter arrive, and a Harvest Tea Party is a brilliant way to rejoice in bountiful food, achingly beautiful weather, and friendship with your loves.   Bask in those luscious Indian Summer days of early autumn with an al fresco tea that […]

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Deluxe Date Night In

4 Ways to Make a Deluxe Date Night In

Trying to come up with some fresh ideas for your date night at home? Try these four ways to have a deluxe date night in. If you’re feeling friendly, you can easily add more seats to include your favorite couple for a double-date night. To the Floor In Darling Dates for Two, I was smitten […]

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4 Ways to Host a Party When You Have More Guests Than Chairs

You’ve been watching too much Food Network, or flipping through too many staged dinner party photo shoots in your Facebook feed, and the result? You invite too many people to dinner. Whoops. I applaud your over-eagerness and want to remind you what Maya Angelou told us — people will remember how you made them feel. […]

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Picnic Themed Party Ideas

Three Ways to Have a Picnic-Themed Party

It’s a welcome adventure to grab a friend or two, pack up some goodies, and head to an outdoor location to share some relaxing time together. However, as the summer season comes to a close, you may get your fair share of extreme heat, or just the opposite, an unexpected downpour of rain. Here are […]

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Backyard Picnic Recipes

Backyard Picnic Recipes With a Twist

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Summer is such a lovely time of year for picnics. The sun filtering through the trees, cool breezes blowing in off a lake or pond, or the simple bliss of your own backyard with ample shade and a patch of grass to spread a blanket. A backyard picnic can be just as fun as one […]

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5 Unique Tea Party Centerpiece Ideas

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When you’re having a sit-down get-together, it’s fun to decorate the table with a beautiful centerpiece. And while there are many gorgeous ones for sale in floral boutiques, they can often be quite spendy. A homemade centerpiece is unique and special; think of it simply as a collection of things you arrange together, like a […]

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How to Create a Build-Your-Own Bruschetta Bar

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While you all know we love a good party, throwing an entire dinner party can be a lot of work! Sometimes we just want to invite “our people” over for some company and good food. The options to make this happen are to either cook everything yourself, which can be a bit grueling, especially in […]

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Tea Party Games for Adults

Six Tea Party Games for Adults

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Tea and cookies are more than reason enough to gather friends together for an afternoon. But, why not add the element of good old-fashioned fun to your event with these six tea party games for adults? Door Prize Having a door prize is a super simple way to get your guests involved, even those who […]

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Cold Soup Bar

Cold Soup Bar for Your Next Party

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Soup isn’t just for stormy nights or chilly winter afternoons. Add in a cool factor and make a Cold Soup Bar for your next picnic or party. Cold soups are both scrumptious and refreshing on a hot summer’s day. From smooth fruity concoctions to savory vegetable bases, the options for nourishing and delightful cold soups […]

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How to Throw a Garden Tea Party

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Nothing says summer quite like a garden party. The sunshine, the flowers, the abundance of food and friendship. Here are some garden tea party ideas to inspire you as you plan a shindig of your own this summer. Location A garden tea party ought to be held in a beautiful garden — yours, a friends’, […]

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Bastille Day Party Ideas

Bastille Day Tea Party Ideas

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With Bastille Day just around the corner, it’s time to jot down Bastille Day party ideas and plan a humdinger of a tea party for your Francophile friends. Known in France as la Fête Nationale or 14 juillet, Bastille Day is on July 14, the day the people of Paris stormed the Bastille prison in […]

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Modern English Tea Party Ideas for Two

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Earl Grey is one of the most popular tea flavors, and the perfect choice for any English tea party ideas. As Andy has reminded us, it was made famous by Star Trek’s Captain Picard. “Earl Grey. Hot!” To celebrate this bergamot-flavored black tea, I chose four must-do recipes to serve at this modern English tea […]

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How to Host a Trivia Tea Party

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I have France on my mind. I’m taking a trip to France in May for a two-week vacation (squeal!). I can’t contain my excitement. Of course, this means I’ve been non-stop Googling info and reading my travel books on all things France. This made me think, what could be more fun than sharing an afternoon […]

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How to Host a Very Merry Group Un-Birthday Party

Remember when you were a kid, those friends with summer birthdays? They might have missed out on some birthday celebration because they didn’t get it announced in class, and their friends were away on summer vacation. (Was this you?) Well, now that we’re all grown up, we get this fabulous thing called “choice.” We can […]

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Frugal Yet Fabulous Entertaining Tips

Fabulous entertaining on a minimal budget is easy and inspiring with the following ideas. Decorations Using what you have is the name of the game for frugal decorating. If the weather cooperates, head outside to the garden and let Mother Nature decorate for you with leafy trees, flowering bushes, or verdant herbs. If it’s too […]

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How to Host a Tea & Letter Writing Party

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There’s nothing quite like receiving a hand-written letter in the mail. It has an old-fashioned sentimental feel in these days of speedy communication. You can host your own fun and inspiring Tea and Letter-Writing Party with these simple suggestions. Supplies To get this party started, you’ll want to provide an assortment of notecards and writing […]

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Host a Positivi-Tea and Ice Cream Social

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We can never be filled too full with words of encouragement and affirmations from those near and dear to us. Invite your own posse over for an afternoon of affirmation — and maybe share the love with some new friends, too — by hosting a Positivi-Tea & Ice Cream Social. Gathering friends together for hot […]

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How to Host a Fondue Party

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Some food traditions are best left to the distant past, but a good fondue is not one of them. Fondue is not only downright delectable, it is convivial and interesting, a marvelous way to catch up with old friends while dipping all sorts of scrumptious things in smooth as silk chocolate. Throwing a fondue party […]

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5 Mindful & Inspirational Party Favors (No Make, No Bake)

Party favors are such a nice way to tell your guests how much you appreciate them.  But here at Plum Deluxe, we appreciate that not everyone has the time to handcraft artisanal French macarons and paint custom wooden boxes that lavish your guests with the feeling of luxury.  (Ok, I am exaggerating, but you know […]

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Stop. Collaborate, and Bake! How to Host a Group Baking Soiree

Now, here’s a recipe for fun! Take a handful of good friends and one cozy kitchen, combine with a few delightfully sweet recipes, the intoxicating smells of baked treats, and quality time spent together. The result of this group baking party will be a memorable day with piles of goodies to share with everyone. Different […]

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How to Host a Royal Purple Tea Party

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Seven years ago I was shopping at a discount store near home and bought nine purple juice glasses. I packaged them so they wouldn’t break on my way home, and that’s where they’ve stayed, in that 6-pack holder for the last seven years. Recently I decided it was time to host a brunch just to […]

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Campfire Couture: Outdoor-Themed Party Ideas

A smoky backyard campfire may not drum up images of “couture,” but with a bit of creative decorating we can take elements of the classic campfire gathering and make a dreamy setting for your next party. Your guests will get the essence of the cookout but be lounging around comfortably inside with glittering lights and […]

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South France Tea Party

Seaside Tea Party in the South of France

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I left my heart in Villefranche-sur-Mer. Where? Why, it’s in the South of France! This gorgeous little seaside village sits between Nice and Monaco, attracting beach-goers to its sunny and relaxed locale. Homes are painted delightful shades of orange, red, and yellow and their reflections shimmer off an azure-blue sea. The pedestrian-only streets are old, […]

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Tuscan Tea Party

Tuscan Countryside Afternoon Tea Party

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There’s a region of Italy that feels like it was stolen straight out of a storybook: Tuscany. In person, it feels like you’ve stepped into the pages of the story, its towns built of ancient stone dotting the rolling green hilltops, tall cypress trees spiking up into the bright blue sky, miles of well-tamed vineyards […]

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The Gratitude Dinner: Mindful Conversation Starters for Your Next Small Gathering

We’ve been loving hearing your stories about how you are using our Mindful Moments “Questions Cards” Deck for your tea parties, dinner parties, and journaling prompts. If you’re hosting a small gathering and our questions cards aren’t nearby or aren’t convenient (pool parties, backyard bonfires, or walking parties come to mind), I’ve got some mindful […]

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3 Strategies for Avoiding Troublesome Topics when Entertaining

It’s been an intense year for topics that are generally considered verboten at the dinner table — namely, politics and its quarrelsome twin conversation starter, religion. Whether you are hosting an intimate afternoon tea or a boisterous wine dinner, I believe you have a responsibility as a host to create a safe, sane space for your […]

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Party Math: Figuring Out How Much Beverage to Serve at Your Event

Everything is ready for your event: the invitations have been sent, the menu is planned, and the space is decorated. You even made up a playlist of the perfect party music. Nothing else to worry about, right? Not so fast! Unless the only libation you’re serving is water from the tap, you still need to […]

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Top 5 Tips for Patio Party Entertaining

This feature was brought to you by BEHR®. There’s nothing better than outdoor entertaining — the fresh air makes for fresh conversation and an opportunity for creative moments that perhaps aren’t as flexible inside. We’ve talked about making outdoor spaces feel like home, but what specifically can you do to make patio party entertaining even […]

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How to Host a Sparkling Summer Solstice Celebration

A big bonfire, lots of bubbly, and flowers in your hair — what’s not to love about celebrating the Summer Solstice? Honoring the longest day of the year with dancing, feasting, and special traditions has been a part of European culture since ancient times. Often combined with religious beliefs, the ceremonies and traditions were a […]

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How to Throw a Deluxe Board Game Night

There are few things more fun than the hilarity and competition of playing board games. Shouts of joy over securing Boardwalk in Monopoly, fist-pumping when the Longest Road is secured in Settlers of Catan, the relief of knowing you’ve connected all your destinations on Ticket to Ride — they’re all part of an experience that […]

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How to Throw a Medieval Style Dinner Party

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Medieval food is a big part of the feasting at our house, especially the slow-roasted meats, homemade cheeses, sausages, and breads. My husband has done medieval enacting for decades and I joined in the fun when we got together four years ago. We’re big believers in making medieval food with authentic ingredients in a simple […]

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5 Dinner Party “Hacks” to Upgrade Your Night

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I haven’t decided how I feel about the term “hacks.” We’ve got life hacks, dinner party hacks, kitchen hacks, sleep hacks, wine hacks, bathroom hacks… there isn’t much of our lives the Internet hasn’t hacked. (The irony…) Originally, I had set out to drum up an exhaustive list of dinner party hacks. You know, like, […]

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Pop the Prosecco for a Drinks & Dessert Night

While we’ve featured so many great ideas for dinner parties & entertaining over the years, sometimes you just can’t find enough time on everyone’s schedules for doing a full dinner occasion. When that happens, what I like to do instead is to throw a ‘drinks & dessert’ mini-evening event. It’s a little simpler to prepare, […]

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How to Host a Spanish Tapas Night

When hosting your themed dinner party, going with international flair can be a lot of fun. Whether it’s a bold Bollywood night or a gastronomic German delight, explore the world palate with friends and family in tow. I’ve had some amazing culinary experiences in Spain: I’ve met world-famous chefs, eaten at the best restaurants in […]

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Please Have a Seat: Why Your Dinner Parties Should Include Assigned Seating

The idea of assigned seating may seem stiff and formal, but it is actually an effective way to put dinner guests at ease. Pre-designated seating minimizes the awkwardness that comes with first-time meetings. This is true for a room full of strangers or when you’re introducing new friends to a particular group. Make Room Nobody […]

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How to Host a Wine Swap Party

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Last weekend I went to one of the best wine party ideas that I have ever seen — a wine swap party. Hosted by my friends who run Hip Chicks Do Wine (one of my favorite Portland Urban Wineries), the concept is rather simple: Guests bring bottles of wine that they aren’t interested in drinking […]

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Entertaining on a School Night: 5 Ways to Host Dinner Party Guests During the Week

Busy schedules got you down? It can be hard to fit all of your entertaining plans into one weekend, along with errands and just taking a minute to put your feet up before Monday morning hits again. Hosting guests during the week may sound like an even bigger drag, but consider the benefits: you can […]

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How to Be a Good Houseguest with Pet Allergies

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In the past year or so, my pet allergies – specifically cats – have gone from a minor irritation to downright debilitating. After 20 minutes near a cat, I feel dizzy, faint, and can’t breathe. I’m not sharing my story for sympathy, but to share how serious pet allergies can be. Both houseguest and host/hostesses […]

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A Sleepy Girl’s Guide to Hosting an Impeccable Brunch

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Brunch is my favorite meal of the day. Actually, breakfast is my favorite, but since I adore sleeping long past a reasonable breakfast hour, brunch takes first place by default. I don’t think I’m alone on his “brunch is awesome” thing. There is just something about hosting a meal betwixt the usual meal times that […]

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5 Ways to Show Southern Hospitality at Your Next Dinner Party (Meal Suggestion Included)

Of all the clichés the South is known for, one that deserves to be a generality is the abundance of free-flowing hospitality (and sweet tea). But to imply that the ability to practice Southern hospitality is something exclusive to people from this region would be misleading. Being from the South doesn’t make one adept at […]

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Top 5 Best Apps for Entertaining Ease

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Planning a party can be a daunting task, but with the help of a few fantastic apps, you can pull together an event that is delicious, beautiful, and fun. Simple Soiree Developed by party planner extraordinaire Liza Rivera Salta, Liza’a Simple Soirée Party Planner is ideal for the person who is the sole host of […]

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Party Favors Adults Will Love

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Today I picked up my nine-year-old daughter from the third birthday party in as many weeks. As we walked to the car she animatedly told me about the cake, the chocolate fountain, and the scavenger hunt, her enthusiastic gestures highlighted by the new red and black bracelet decorating her wrist. “What’s this?” I inquired. She […]

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After-Dinner Delight: Set Up a Coffee Bar that Will Make You a Legend Among Hosts

You’ve nailed the appetizers. Your entrée brought water to the mouths of angels with its heavenly aroma. The craft beer and wines you paired with both showed absolute genius. Now, how are you going to finish off your epic feature of culinary quintessence? The after-dinner coffee bar, of course. Your guests will rave, and you […]

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How To Throw a Chinese New Year Party that Celebrates Prosperity

You don’t have to go to a large city or fancy restaurant to celebrate Chinese New Year. With a bit of planning, you can throw a fantastic bash at home to celebrate the best of this amazing holiday. For my Chinese friends, Chinese New Year is even bigger and more important than Christmas. It is […]

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Drama, Color, and Action: Ring In the New Year with a Bollywood–Inspired Party

Bollywood is India’s answer to Hollywood. It’s a three-hour long journey that encompasses opulent settings, vivid attires, pulsating music, and dramatic performances. A Bollywood-themed party is no exception. It’s unapologetically dramatic, lively, and boisterous. So, how about taking a detour from the usual and wooing your guests with an experience they will cherish forever? Party […]

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Open Fires: How to Enjoy a Crackling Blaze Without a Fireplace

There are few things cozier in the winter than grabbing a mug of hot tea and your favorite blanket and snuggling up by the fire. But what if you’re one of the many folks who doesn’t have a fireplace in the home? Not to fear — there are several options that will have you feeling […]

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How to Throw a Relaxed Boxing Day Party

What exactly is Boxing Day? Despite the lively images suggested by the name, it has nothing to do with family members who have buckled under the stress of the season and resorted to fisticuffs. Nor does it gain its name from a necessity to rid the house of mountains of now useless cardboard boxes the […]

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7 Small ‘Upgrades’ to Make Your Home More Inviting for the Holidays

This feature was brought to you by Glade®. While every time you have guests over it is a time to shower them with appreciation and hospitality, the holidays can be a trying time for being the host(ess) with the most-est.   The holidays are stressful, as you know, and our calendars are full of gatherings […]

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How to Plan a Brunch Dinner Party

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This feature was brought to you by Freixenet. I’ve had many dinner parties over the years, but there’s one theme that sticks out above all the rest as the most popular, by far: a “brunch” dinner party.  Yes, my friends, as adults we have the opportunity to have breakfast for dinner, no questions asked. Here’s how. […]

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How to Be a Guest with Dietary Restrictions (Without Being a Jerk)

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When you are on a special diet, eating out can feel hazardous enough, but when you’re being hosted by a friend it can be even more nerve wracking. Whether you have food allergies, religious restrictions, or deeply rooted personal preferences, making sure you adhere to your diet — but at the same time not offending […]

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How to Host Guests with Dietary Restrictions (Without Being a Jerk)

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In college, my favorite day was Thursday, because that was the day made-to-order paninis were served at my dorm. But one day, my best friend, who is Jewish, was handed somebody else’s order of ham and swiss on wheat. She unknowingly bit into that sucker and immediately recoiled. I felt so awful, but I couldn’t […]

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5 Fab (but Cheesy) Wino Films for Your Next Movie Night

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As the nights get long and dark, I begin to crave more movie nights and relaxing evenings by the fireplace, don’t you? One of my favorite movie night themes is a wine tasting paired with a classic wino movie.   Below I’ve rounded up 5 fab but really cheesy wino fims complete with wine pairing […]

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Pork and Sauerkraut Reimagined: German Dinner Party Perfection

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The image of German food being heavy and unsophisticated sticks to the cuisine like skin to bratwurst. It would not be your first choice to serve at a dinner party, right? Well, German cuisine is much more than pork with mounds of sauerkraut and potatoes to be washed down with beer. Unbeknownst to most people, […]

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Avoiding a Pot-mess: 6 Tips for Potluck Bliss

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Ever been to a potluck where there are only salads and no main dishes? Or worse, hosted a potluck where there is only dessert and no “real food?” I know, for those of us with a sweet tooth, having access to a smorgasbord of desserts is not really something to consider a problem. That said, […]

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How to Host an All Grown Up All Hallows Eve

My bet is, when you were a kid, Halloween involved a costume of whatever trendy character had topped the movie charts and a pillowcase for candy. It was an entire evening of every kid for himself; complete, candy-fueled chaos. Not this year! It is time for All Hallows’ Eve to grow up! Here, you’ll find […]

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Let’s Get Mad! How to Throw a Swanky Mad Men Cocktail Party

Do you love Mad Men? Do the set designs, fashion, culinary delights, and libations of that time delight and excite you? If you share this love with me, break out your cocktail shakers and martini glasses to host an early 1960s-inspired cocktail party with retro hors d’oeuvres, classic cocktails, and period-perfect attire. Setting a Mid-Century […]

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Good Things Come in Threes: An Awesome Autumn Party Platter

This feature was brought to you by Hillshire Brand Company in collaboration with Pollinate Media Group™. I don’t know about you, but each year I find autumn to be quite hectic; summer is over, and we try to fit in as many regularly scheduled activities as humanly possible before the holidays hit and schedules go […]

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How to Host the Perfect Coffee Klatch in 4 Easy Steps

This feature was brought to you by Nestle Coffeemate in collaboration with Collective Bias. One can’t deny that Europeans definitely have mastered the art of enjoying life; one of entertaining skills I was taught while living there was the art of the coffee klatch. The word klatch derives from the German word for gossip, but […]

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Where There’s a Wine There’s a Way: 5 Ideas for Partying with Your Vino

While there’s certainly nothing wrong with just getting together to drink, eat, and talk, sometimes you may want a little more structure for a get-together where wine is the beverage of choice. Below are a few ideas to help you plan your next wine gathering. 1. Wine Games A fellow wine blogger tuned me in […]

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