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Thanksgiving Playlist: The Turkey Top 40

Carla McDonald | Posted 11.18.2016 | Style
Carla McDonald

Hosting Thanksgiving dinner next week? If you're using our handy-dandy party planning checklist, you know that now's the time to think about those other drumsticks, the beats that will set the tone for your Turkey Day soirée.

The Salonniere 100: The Nation's 100 Best Party Hosts

Carla McDonald | Posted 10.29.2016 | Style
Carla McDonald

Just in time for the holiday party season, The Salonniere, the award-winning site dedicated exclusively to the art of party hosting, has released The Salonniere 100, a list of the 100 best party hosts in the United States.

Social Butterflies: Born or Bred?

Carla McDonald | Posted 07.29.2016 | Women
Carla McDonald

Are social butterflies born or bred? Are parties a mere frivolity or do they serve a vital human need? To find out, we turned to Professor Mark Leary, one of the world's foremost social and personality psychologists.

10 Tips for Fall Entertaining

Carla McDonald | Posted 11.24.2014 | HuffPost Home
Carla McDonald

Fall is officially upon us, and it's not just the leaves that are turning. Our thoughts are also turning, from barbecues and pool parties to fall soirées and Thanksgiving Day feasts.

The Secret Language of Flowers

Carla McDonald | Posted 10.04.2014 | Style
Carla McDonald

Assigning specific meanings to flowers is a tradition that is believed to have begun in Turkey in the 17th century and kept strong through the years by the French and English.

10 No-Fail Dinner Party Conversation Starters

Carla McDonald | Posted 09.22.2014 | Style
Carla McDonald

Today, we're getting tipsy with the no-fail questions these 10 expert hosts ask to kick-start a conversation at a cocktail or dinner party.

The Thing 14 Percent Of House Guests Do Will Probably Keep You Up At Night

The Huffington Post | Jessica Cumberbatch Anderson | Posted 06.04.2014 | HuffPost Home

Summer's synonymous with entertaining, and while we used to think of "entertaining" as, well, the perfect opportunity to mix up a cocktail, try our ha...