5 Entertaining Tips Everyone Should Know

Party season is right around the corner, and we have some great party tips to make your next get-together memorably festive. Whether it’s your turn to host an office party, a birthday celebration or just a good excuse to have fun with friends, these tips will provide you with what you need for success.


Pick a Theme

Holiday parties have a built-in theme, but even if you’re hosting a mid-week gathering for no particular reason, coming up with a concept for decorations, drinks and food can help you create a festive atmosphere. Luau and tiki themes are always hits for backyard barbecues, but don’t feel constrained to popular party ideas; you can go as wild as you like with your concept. Guests will be charmed with a Mardi Gras masquerade or a retro party with dishes and drinks from vintage cookbooks.




Cook Ahead

When you get most of the cooking done ahead of time, you give yourself more freedom to enjoy entertaining. Instead of spending your party in the kitchen putting the finishing touches on some complicated dish, plan a simple, straightforward menu of foods you know your guests will love. You and they will remember the fun more than the food, so prepare something elegant and easy. Lasagna, roasted chicken and macaroni and cheese are a few possibilities.

Cookware that looks and performs beautifully, such as this set of three handled baking dishes, lets you assemble and store entrees or side dishes the night before and pop them in the oven shortly before guests arrive. They go straight from the oven to the dinner table, saving you another step and giving you more time to spend with your guests.



Make It Inviting with Light

What makes a chic nightclub or formal restaurant special? In many cases, it’s the lighting, not the decor, that makes the difference. Try some special effects with lighting to make your next get-together magical. Outside, try stringing colorful paper lanterns or white fairy lights above your deck or patio. Interior spaces take on a beautifully warm and welcoming glow with candles. Kids and pets don’t always get along with candles, though, so choose child-friendly alternatives such as this electric pillar candle light string for part of your table design.



Create a Play List


Music makes a party, and you have more options than ever for music that complements your theme. Internet radio stations have hundreds of stations with dozens of exciting musical genres from which to choose. You can even find music from favorite television shows or movies to play as background music for a season finale party or Oscar night. For holiday parties, look for unique takes on classics; an album of vintage Christmas music, for example, makes your party memorable and will get people talking.



Appeal to All the Senses

You’ve already decorated, cooked and chosen the music, but don’t forget to make an impression on your guests’ noses. Bouquets of fresh flowers, incense or candle warmers have the staying power to perfume the air for hours without coming on too strong. For a dinner party, choose scents that go well with food and won’t overpower the meal, such as vanilla or spice fragrances. A summer cocktail party might call for something exotic and tropical.

Entertaining can be as much fun for you, the host, as it is for your guests when you plan. Start thinking about creative, fun party ideas today, and you’ll be set from now until the new year!

America the Beautiful: 4 Great Items for your Fourth of July Party

AmericanaWith Independence Day just around the corner, it is time to start the preparations for this year’s festivities.  In order to host the perfect Fourth of July party, you need to make sure you have all of the essential items to make your party a hit! Whether the party is on the beach, or in the backyard one thing is for sure–it’s going to be one heck of a party!

Without further ado, here are your Fourth of July essentials!

1.  Grill

Regardless what your plans for today are, a grill is one of the most important items that you should have today.  Burgers, Hot Dogs, Brats, you name it! If its grill-able it’s the way to go today.  Simplicity at its best is a definite.  Just don’t forget your grill accessory set!

2. Stars and Stripes

It wouldn’t be the Fourth of July without some sort of red, white and blue.  So throw on a patriotic colored outfit and dress your kids up in cute sundresses and call it a day!  There are so many different options when it comes too festive clothing for the Fourth.  T-shirts, shorts, dresses and even swimsuits come in our nations colors.  You surely won’t be the only ones on the block wearing stars and stripes.  Make sure you pack the sunscreen!

3.  Patriotic Tablecloths and Utensils

Deck your party out with all of the patriotic trimmings. Colored utensils, flag themed napkins and tablecloths. What kind of Fourth of July Party would it be without the delicious burgers you grilled served on patriotic serveware?

4. Lights and Toys

Today is the day our country is celebrating its independence! Let’s honor what our forefathers have done for this country with fireworks and sparklers!!–(but since fireworks are restricted  in some states, let’s stick with lights that shine bright, and maybe some sparklers). Make sure to keep the kids entertained with a host of outdoor toys that will keep them going for hours.

So there you have it.  Stick with those 4 essentials and the rest is up for grabs! Happy Fourth of July.