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Dinner Parties

7 Ways to Deal With Picky Eaters at Holiday Dinners

Missy Chase Lapine | Posted 02.21.2012 | Parents
Missy Chase Lapine

Since you can't magically make your child like beans -- or salmon or Brie en croute -- the instant an invitation arrives, here are some tips that have helped me dare to venture out into the dining sphere of holiday cheer.

How to Throw a Fall Dinner Party

Anna Watson Carl | Posted 01.03.2012 | Food
Anna Watson Carl

People tell me all the time that they are intimidated to host a dinner party. I want to demystify the process as much as possible, because honestly, cooking a meal for friends is one of the most rewarding things in life.

Can You Spot A Highly Semi-Happy Marriage?

bigthink.com | Pamela Haag | Posted 01.03.2012 | Fifty

Friends sometimes ask me about the signs of marriages on the brink. Can mere mortals, without credentials even!, predict which marriages are likely to...

Sisters' Secrets to Confident Entertaining

Lauren Purcell and Anne Purcell Grissinger | Posted 10.11.2012 | HuffPost Home
Lauren Purcell and Anne Purcell Grissinger

Canapés are a classic cocktail-party offering. They look great on a tray, are easy for guests to pick up and let you combine interesting flavors and ingredients in one quick bite. But they are a royal pain to make.

Hostess Gifts for Extraordinary Circumstances

Dana Holmes | Posted 10.11.2012 | HuffPost Home
Dana Holmes

Sure, a bottle of wine will do when you're heading to a potluck. But, what about the less casual events with fancy hostesses? If you're stumped, I have a hostess gift rescue plan for you.

Dorm-Warming 101

Small Kitchen College | Posted 10.12.2011 | Food
Small Kitchen College

It only takes a few simple things to make a house- (or dorm-) warming as stress-free as moving and going back to school can be!

Compost California

Beth Spotswood | Posted 09.17.2011 | San Francisco
Beth Spotswood

How many Bernal Heights dinner parties have you attended where, when you've asked your host how to dispose of your half-eaten plate of quinoa, he responds, "Just toss it in the compost bowl"?

Cheese Plate Tips From The Splendid Table

The Splendid Table | Posted 07.23.2011 | Food
The Splendid Table

The Splendid Table's® How to Eat Supper, By Lynne Rossetto Kasper Dear Lynne, I want to do a big cheese platter the next time I host book club. A...

Dinner & A Movie: A Menu For Scorsese's Age of Innocence

Food52 | Posted 07.12.2011 | Food
Food52

Our videographer at food52, Elena Parker (a serious food and film buff), is really good at throwing movie-themed dinner parties. Below is her classy 1...

The Best Dinner Party Moments On Television

The Daily Meal | Posted 07.11.2011 | Food

As any host or hostess knows, getting together friends for dinner or cocktails can be challenging. But being a guest can be burdensome, too (it can be...

The Master Networker: Marty Edelstein's Dinners for Success Knowledge

Adele Scheele | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Adele Scheele

For years I've been privileged to be included at Marty Edelston's monthly extravagant dinner parties at the Four Seasons. I've interviewed him at leng...

Global Holiday Cocktails and Appetizers

OneTravel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Food
OneTravel

Are you hosting a dinner or cocktail party this holiday season? Tired of serving the same old cheese plate, cookies and cocktails? Then draw from your travels for culinary inspiration.

Double-Duty Dinner Parties

Katie Lee | Posted 05.25.2011 | Food
Katie Lee

With so many friends I like to entertain, it might seem logical to space out my dinner party schedule. In reality, I've found it's easier to take a d...

Seven Tips For Making Good Conversation With A Stranger

Gretchen Rubin | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Gretchen Rubin

I posted before about tips for knowing if you're boring someone and tips to avoid being a bore. But while it might be fairly easy to avoid topics th...

Adventures in (Secret) Dining: My First Visit to an Underground Supper Club

Katherine Goldstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Katherine Goldstein

I'd heard about "secret" supper clubs, and there's nothing New Yorkers love more than a secret.

We'll Always Have Pie

Brett Ashley McKenzie | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Brett Ashley McKenzie

Le Draoulec's "American Pie: Slices of Life (and Pie) from America's Back Roads" is an adventure in crust, filling, and those pockets of America Sarah Palin would describe as "pro-American."

Nude Dinner Parties: Yes, They Exist

The Daily Beast | Arianne Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style

"If anyone young is reading this, go, right this minute, put on a bikini and don't take it off until you're 34." This is Nora Ephron, reminding us tha...

Tip: Green, Clean Gifts for Dinner Hosts

Josie Garthwaite | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Josie Garthwaite

Next time you're heading to a dinner party and scrambling to find a little something for the hosts, swing by the household cleaners aisle.

Are You The Hostess With The Mostess?

Daily Mail | Joanna Weinberg | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

I don't remember the last time I went to a "dinner party" - by which I mean frills and fuss and pomp. I can't say that I'm too sad about it. Like pine...