Party appetizers may seem a bit like gilding the lily if you have a great meal planned for your guests. But I like to look at them as the warm up routine for my party. Appetizers serve as the opening act as you're waiting for all of the guests to arrive (I don't know a single party where everyone was exactly on time), and it buys me time in the kitchen. Not only do they entertain the expectant guests who have arrived, they also serve as my assistant while I scramble to finish the final dishes. Of course, this strategy only works if you make sure the appetizers are easy, can be arranged hours in advance of the party, and can simply be set out for the first arriving guests. That's why I turn to this collection of very quick and easy hors d'oeuvres and appetizers that can be tossed together, in most cases, in under 10 minutes.
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My pile of unwrapped Christmas and hostess gifts is growing. It's like a monster that has taken on a life of its own across my dining room table. It doesn't add much to my seasonal decor. Wrapping is one of my least favorite holiday tasks. Maybe it's because I just never do it as beautifully as some people I know. That's why, before I begin to tackle this task over the weekend, I plan to study this video on How to Wrap a Boxed Present and and maybe then I'll feel better about the task in front of me because I know how beautiful the end result will look.
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The race to Christmas is on, especially since Thanksgiving fell so late this year. More than ever I feel as though everything can't possibly be done in time. Which is why it's great to have ways to accomplish two things at once. For example, why not entertain and decorate for Christmas at the same time? A Tree Trimming Party is the perfect way to check two things off your list.
What's the first thing you think about when you plan a party? Is it the menu, the music, or the table settings? How about the centerpieces or the party favors? I'm sure any of these myriad details fill up your to-do lists. But how much thought do we really give to our guests? Let's face it, they're the reason for the other to-dos! Luckily this collection of tips will help you plan for your guests - the most important element of your party!
We've made it through Thanksgiving, and the first two nights of Hanukkah if we celebrate it, but there are plenty of other holiday parties on the horizon over the next month. Did you find yourself stuck in long lines at the supermarket? Do you wish there was a better way to make your grocery shopping less stressful before your next party? If so, you'll want to read these tips in Surviving the Supermarket When Holiday Grocery Shopping.
The holidays bring with them visitors from so far away, they may turn into houseguests for several days. After the holiday is over, what do you do next to continue enjoying your time together? Here are 50 different ways you can keep your houseguests amused the next time you host them, whether for the holidays or any other time throughout the year.
Call me old-fashioned but, for me, Thanksgiving is about giving thanks for the people and the good things in our lives, and nothing to to do with holiday shopping. My mind this week is on cooking and preparing for what is possibly the tastiest day of the year, and remembering the real meaning behind this celebration. As you go about your holiday preparations, if your mind turns toward thoughts of gratitude, but you're not sure how you'd like to express it at your Thanksgiving table, one of these Mealtime Graces, Thanks and Blessings may help you find the right words to say what you feel.
Fans everywhere are counting the minutes to the opening of "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire". Reviewers are saying that it will be as good as the first one in this series, so excitement is building. If you have fans in your household, who are as excited as we are here, you'll want to host a Hunger Games Party before you head out to the theater.
The list of recipes I'll be cooking for Thanksgiving Day is ready, but the ingredient shopping hasn't been started at all. That's because so many of my recipes include fresh ingredients, I can't begin to shop for them until this weekend at the earliest. Of course, I'll probably postpone that step as late as possible because I know the crowds that will be waiting for me in Whole Foods and any other store I shop. And yet, food shopping is the least of the nightmares that strike Thanksgiving hosts this week. There are so many other things that could go wrong. But if we keep our sense of humor, and realize that aiming for perfection adds too much pressure, I'm sure we can all deal with any problems that turn up. In fact, why not strive for a few issues, just for fun? I share some of the possibilities in Ten Steps to a Less than Perfect Thanksgiving.
It's a busy time for cooks and hosts over the next week. But wouldn't it be fun to forget all about those turkeys, pies and side dishes for just a few hours and become absorbed in a bit of fun? I think so, which is why I've planned a Save the Day for a Doctor Who party, to celebrate the 50 year anniversary of this iconic BBC series. Pull out your fez and bow tie, charge up your sonic screwdriver and get ready for a memorable evening.
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