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7 Essentials For Eating Outside

Architectural Digest | Posted 05.16.2016 | HuffPost Home
Architectural Digest

From the wildly eccentric parties that entertaining legends Tony Duquette and his wife, Beegle, hosted in the gardens of their Dawnridge Estate--the tables sheathed in malachite-print fabric and lit with Chinese lanterns--to the modern open-air soirées devised by today's great party throwers such as Bronson van Wyck and Charlotte Moss, there's simply nothing that says "summer" like dining alfresco.

This is How to Host the Perfect Spring Brunch

Architectural Digest | Posted 04.22.2016 | HuffPost Home
Architectural Digest

By Sarah Jean Shelton for Architectural Digest. Photo: Marni Rothschild After nearly 20 years in the bridal business and more than 500 exquis...

20 Simple Steps For A Stress-Free Dinner Party

The Daily Meal | Posted 04.11.2016 | Taste
The Daily Meal

Hosting a dinner party doesn't have to be impossibly complicated and stressful. Sharing delicious food and drinks that you have prepared, with several your closest friends may sound like a lot of hard work -- especially given that you could just go out for dinner instead -- but it really is worth the effort it requires.

Cool, Creative (and Easy!) Ideas for Awards and Super Bowl Season Parties

Condiment | Posted 01.13.2016 | Style

The Golden Globes were this past week, but Awards and Super Bowl season has only just begun. The size and scale of the parties and fetes this time of year may not be as big as the holidays (thankfully!), but it can still be every bit as fun, chic and decadent.

How to Be the Perfect Airbnb Host (or a Superhost)

Map Happy | Posted 01.05.2016 | Travel
Map Happy

Especially if you've never hosted before, it's time to make this thing happen. Take it from several Airbnb Superhosts. Who better else to ask? I interviewed several of these people to see what set these hosts apart and so other hosts can become the best hosts that they can possibly be.

The Wine Guide For People Who Can Never Remember Anything About Wine

The Cut | Posted 12.07.2015 | Taste
The Cut

How do you impress guests or your party host without blowing your budget?

4 Tips to Have a Happy Thanksgiving Dinner When Someone Has a Nut Allergy

Carol Brailey | Posted 11.23.2015 | Healthy Living
Carol Brailey

It's that time of year again, Thanksgiving! What a great time to connect with our loved ones over a fantastic meal! Did you know for someone with a ...

My Gravy's Better Than Your Gravy

Lisa Smith Molinari | Posted 11.19.2015 | Taste
Lisa Smith Molinari

We do it every year. We cut out recipes. We make lists. We go to the commissary. We elbow each other out of the way to grab turkeys, cranberries, yams...

9 Items You Should Always Have On Hand To Entertain On The Fly

The Huffington Post | Julie R. Thomson | Posted 08.19.2015 | Taste

Summer is a time for gathering with friends and family. The sun is shining, and it makes people feel all kinds of social. Sometimes those gatherings a...

One Reason #WhyHostingMatters: Volunteerism Makes Communities Stronger

Evan Ryan | Posted 06.26.2016 | Education
Evan Ryan

High school exchanges participants make a profound impact not only on their host families, schools, and communities, but ultimately on overall relationships with the citizens and governments of their countries.

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Kali Kasprzyk | Posted 06.01.2016 | Technology
Kali Kasprzyk

As owner of, a web hosting and design firm, I have a lot of conversations surrounding the term "Consultants." But what exactly does ...

8 Things Your New York Friends Want You To Know Before Your Next Visit

Amanda de Souza | Posted 06.02.2016 | Travel
Amanda de Souza

I'll be brutally honest: Your friends who live in Manhattan don't want to shell out cash to visit the Empire State Building with you, or set foot in Times Square. Don't take it personally.

Cool Tips for Summer House Guests and Hosts

Lea Lane | Posted 06.02.2016 | Style
Lea Lane

Establish rules. If you're too nice, you may wind up out of your bed, with an empty fridge and guests in your bathroom until the fall. Maybe even write "rules of the house" and place them on a table in the guest room. And if they aren't followed, speak up.

12 Things You Don't Understand About Being A Restaurant Hostess

Thrillist | Posted 05.05.2016 | Taste

Few understand the plight of the host/hostess.

How to Host a Wedding Shower in Your Apartment

Elizabeth Pullman | Posted 05.16.2015 | HuffPost Home
Elizabeth Pullman

Food, fun, presents and people: These are the things a wedding shower needs. As you can see, nowhere in the list does it say the location of this exciting event, which means you have creative freedom to choose the location.

7 People It's Okay NOT to Invite to Your Wedding

Melanie Nolan | Posted 04.11.2015 | Weddings
Melanie Nolan

When It comes to your guest list, get ready to get asked awkward questions, get dirty looks and maybe even be the "bad guy." In the end, you have to do what is best for you. It is your wedding day after all.

Hosting Holiday Guests? Here's a Prep List...Check it Twice

Stephanie Snay | Posted 02.17.2015 | HuffPost Home
Stephanie Snay

The stockings are hung from the chimney with care, but have you prepped for your guests who will soon be there? Entertaining company can be full of the unexpected.

Dinner Party Secrets

Ali Rosen | Posted 02.01.2015 | Taste
Ali Rosen

There are a few secrets that can help ensure that every dinner party goes as smoothly as possible.

How to Set a Global Table for Thanksgiving

Fathom | Posted 01.12.2015 | HuffPost Home

The Japanese, Danish, and Swedes are known for their clean, simple aesthetic, making their homeware lines an invaluable source for a minimalist traveler's dream dinner table. Here are a few pieces I'm looking to add to my collection.

9 Great Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Side Dishes

Phoebe Lapine | Posted 11.10.2014 | Taste
Phoebe Lapine

You can easily round out the turkey day traditional dishes with sides that accommodate a variety of dietary restrictions.

Isabel Lewis on Hosting 'Occasions' | Posted 12.21.2014 | Arts

Berlin-based artist and DJ Isabel Lewis has come up with her own concept that is refreshingly different, originating in her passion for several different areas of nightlife culture.

10 Questions To Ask When Cooking For Restricted Eaters

Johanna Bond | Posted 11.20.2014 | Healthy Living
Johanna Bond

If I eat hot peppers or tree nuts, the reaction can range from uncomfortable at best to life-threatening at worst. Having been both hostess and guest in this situation, I can offer some advice to those who are considering welcoming a restricted eater to their meal or their food-related event.

Three Ways Hosting an Exchange Student Enriches Your Life

Evan Ryan | Posted 09.24.2014 | Education
Evan Ryan

Hundreds of State Department-sponsored international high school exchange students recently met in Washington, D.C., after a successful year at schools across the United States

Hosting an Exchange Student Expands Your World

Evan Ryan | Posted 08.13.2014 | Education
Evan Ryan

"When hosting an exchange student, you learn a lot about your own family; you learn about listening, patience, and other countries. People connect wi...

How to Be the Perfect Host

Maureen Anderson | Posted 08.10.2014 | HuffPost Home
Maureen Anderson

Maybe you've heard marriage isn't so much about finding the right person as it is being the right person. The same is true for parties. It isn't so much about finding the perfect guests -- though that helps -- as it is being the perfect host.