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Creative Entertaining

Creative Entertaining: Spooktacularly Sophisticated

Rana Florida | Posted 12.29.2014 | HuffPost Home
Rana Florida

Lose the kitschy marshmallow ghosts and goblins, the punchbowls filled with creepy garnishes like floating eyeballs. The end of October is a beautiful time of year, when the air is crisp and the foliage is at its spectacular peak. I can't think of a better time to gather with friends around a roaring fire.

Creative Entertaining: Cozy Autumn Dinners

Rana Florida | Posted 11.25.2014 | HuffPost Home
Rana Florida

As summer slipped away this week, the air is crisp and the leaves are falling, it's the perfect time of year to entertain at home with friends over some hearty and delicious comfort foods.

3 Reasons for Lag-Time Between Your Wedding Ceremony and Reception; 3 Reasons It's a Bad Idea

Sandy Malone | Posted 10.01.2014 | Weddings
Sandy Malone

The question of whether or not it's okay to have a break in the action between your wedding ceremony and reception festivities comes up a lot in wedding planning.

Creative Entertaining: Game, Set, Match! (VIDEO)

Rana Florida | Posted 08.24.2014 | HuffPost Home
Rana Florida

Whether you're cheering for last year's reigning British champ or this year's French Open winner, what better time to don your tennis whites and host a viewing party for friends and family?

How To Grill The Perfect Steak

Rana Florida | Posted 08.09.2014 | Home
Rana Florida

Steak on the outdoor grill: It's the iconic summer meal, and doing it to perfection is an art that every man must master.

Creative Entertaining: Cooking with Kids

Rana Florida | Posted 08.02.2014 | Home
Rana Florida

Running out of ideas for keeping your kids occupied this summer? This video shows you how to set up a cooking play date that lets kids do the creating while you stealthily impart lessons on nutrition, working together, safety in the kitchen, even how to adapt a recipe.

Creative Entertaining: It's Fiesta Time!

Rana Florida | Posted 07.05.2014 | HuffPost Home
Rana Florida

Today is the fifth of May and that means Cinco de Mayo gatherings are in full swing. Here are some creative tips to host your own Cinco de Mayo fete.

Creative Entertaining: Host an Oscar Party

Rana Florida | Posted 04.26.2014 | HuffPost Home
Rana Florida

What better way to take in all that high-wattage entertainment, the victory speeches, the red carpet gowns, and the spectacle than by inviting some friends over for a high style affair in your own home?

All the Single Ladies: 10 Great Tips for a Red Hot Valentine's Day

Rana Florida | Posted 04.12.2014 | Style
Rana Florida

This Valentine's Day, why not throw the clichés out the window? Forget the stress of date night and those over-priced dinners. Think creatively about celebrating love.

Host a Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony Party (VIDEO)

Rana Florida | Posted 04.05.2014 | HuffPost Home
Rana Florida

From setting up an après-ski bar, a coffee or hot chocolate bar to featuring a feast using the foods and drinks of Sochi, no matter what you do, it's a great occasion to get creative and go for gold!

Host a Winning Super Bowl Party

Rana Florida | Posted 03.31.2014 | HuffPost Home
Rana Florida

Whether you follow the game, just like to watch and tweet about the hyped-up commercials, or tune into the high-wattage halftime show, there's no better time to invite some friends over for a viewing party.

Host An Award Winning Grammy Party (VIDEO)

Rana Florida | Posted 03.26.2014 | HuffPost Home
Rana Florida

As thousands of industry execs and hundreds of headliners gather at the Staples Center in Los Angeles this Sunday evening for the 56th Annual Grammy Awards, over 26 million of us will be tuning in. What better time to host a viewing party for friends and family?

Creative Entertaining: Easy Tips to Make Your New Year's Sparkle

Rana Florida | Posted 02.26.2014 | HuffPost Home
Rana Florida

From silver streamers to Champagne towers, from winter picnics to royal recipes, you can throw a New Year's party with a vibe that's black tie formal, fun, and laid-back, all at the same time.

Creative Entertaining: Dress Up Your Holidays

Rana Florida | Posted 02.10.2014 | HuffPost Home
Rana Florida

High style doesn't have to come with a high price tag. Get creative and use objects you have around the house to provide seasonal accents.

Creative Entertaining: Gobble Gobble

Rana Florida | Posted 01.26.2014 | HuffPost Home
Rana Florida

You don't need a florist or a party planner to make a memorable Thanksgiving. With a little creativity and imagination you can wow your guests without spending too much time or money.

Creative Entertaining: Hot Arabian Nights

Rana Florida | Posted 09.23.2013 | HuffPost Home
Rana Florida

The last day of summer is just a few days away and there's no better time to gather friends and family for the final backyard soirée of the season. Pick a theme to set the tone for the food, décor and music.

Creative Entertaining: How to Throw a Burger Bash

Rana Florida | Posted 01.30.2014 | HuffPost Home
Rana Florida

It's summertime and everyone wants to be outside enjoying the warm weather. What's easier than gathering friends and family for a backyard BBQ? From Memorial Day to Labor Day, grilling is a hallowed summer tradition.

Creative Entertaining: Light the Night on Fire -- Opa! (PHOTOS)

Rana Florida | Posted 06.27.2013 | HuffPost Home
Rana Florida

Whisk your guests off on a magical journey to the Greek Islands right in your own backyard. For décor, use colors that evoke the pristine waters of the Aegean Sea, deep blue with a splash of turquoise, the landscape dotted with white cubed architecture, and the fresh sea air.

Creative Cooking: The Hot Flavors of Greece -- Opa! (PHOTOS)

Rana Florida | Posted 06.27.2013 | Taste
Rana Florida

Rustic Greek food is simple, fresh, tasty and made for sharing. You can transform any backyard into a Greek Isle by serving up this splendid Mediterranean cuisine.

Creative Entertaining: Clam Bake in Style! (VIDEO/PHOTOS)

Rana Florida | Posted 01.30.2014 | HuffPost Home
Rana Florida

Served up family-styIe, guests can crack open a clam or dip a grilled lobster claw into some warm butter and wash it down with an old-fashioned gimlet that's served with a distinctly modern twist.

Creative Cooking: A New England Style Clam Bake (VIDEO/PHOTOS)

Rana Florida | Posted 01.30.2014 | Taste
Rana Florida

Dig into the best ingredients that summer supplies -- little neck clams, cherry stone clams, shrimp, lobsters, mussels, corn on the cob, Andouille sausage -- without having to dig a fire pit or do any heavy lifting.

Creative Entertaining: Mysterious Venetian Nights (VIDEO/PHOTOS)

Rana Florida | Posted 01.30.2014 | HuffPost Home
Rana Florida

Why go out for pizza when you can convert your BBQ grill into a wood burning pizza oven for an entertaining and delicious 'make your own pizza party' right at home?

Recipes for a Swanky Beach Party

Rana Florida | Posted 06.01.2013 | HuffPost Home
Rana Florida

Summer is right around the corner, and we all know what that means: soon it will be time to fire up our backyard, deck, and poolside BBQs. There's no better way to entertain friends and family on a warm summer night than with tasty food hot off the grill.

Recipes for Summer Entertaining

Rana Florida | Posted 06.02.2013 | Taste
Rana Florida

Summer is almost here, so why not entertain your friends and family with a beach blast, laid back and casual yet with just the right touch of chic?