7 Ways to Throw a Summer Party Without an Actual Backyard

‘Tis the season for partying outdoors. But what to do when you don’t have a proper backyard in which to throw an al fresco bash? Fret not, my patio-deprived friends. There are still plenty of ways to host a stellar summer soiree without an actual backyard. It just takes a little planning and creativity. From picnics at the park to old-school pub-crawls, here are seven ways to throw a stellar summer fete—no backyard necessary. READ MORE » Powered by WPeMatico

10 Smart, Introspective Questions to Ask Your Partner at the Dinner Table

“How was your day?” Every couple sharing an evening meal together has asked this question. It’s a fine question; you care about each other, after all, and are genuinely interested in what happened that day! But sometimes, especially for couples who’ve been together a long time, dinner conversations can settle into the same grooves night after night — work talk, complaining about the subway, what’s new with the kids. Here are 10 more questions to ask at the dinner table tonight, because just when you think you know everything about your partner, isn’t it lovely to be surprised? READ MORE Read More

What's the Difference Between a Gas Grill and a Charcoal Grill?

The battle of charcoal versus gas grills is one for the ages — and the grilling enthusiasts in your life are sure to have strong opinions. But if you’re considering buying a grill for the first time or, perhaps thinking about making the switch from #teamgas to #teamcharcoal (or vice versa), what are the key factors you should consider? We’ve laid it all out here. READ MORE » Powered by WPeMatico

The Best Party Games for an Outdoor Get-Together

The holy trinity of a great get-together is food, refreshments and entertainment, with bonus points if you can keep everything on theme. For a backyard BBQ, summer picnic or pool party, that means breezy outdoor games that can be picked up quick to invite everyone in on the fun. With full bellies and happy hearts, your guests will leave your place thinking, “Best. Party. Ever.” READ MORE » Powered by WPeMatico

Outdoor Dining Essentials That We Can't Believe Are Made of Melamine

With summer entertaining just around the corner, it’s time to refresh last year’s tired tumblers and worn-out tableware. Luckily, you don’t need to spend a ton to get a high-end, high-quality look. Forget the glassware and breakable pieces; this year it’s all about easy to serve, easy to care for melamine. With prints and quality this great, your guests will be coming back for seconds (and thirds!). Read on for our choice picks below. READ MORE » Powered by WPeMatico

Survey Says This is the Grossest Thing You Can Have in Your Kitchen

I’m not swayed by inner satisfaction or the captivating sparkle of a spotless countertop. No—my main motivation for cleaning my space is almost always making sure that the people who see it don’t think I’m gross. (Even if those people are just the UPS guy and my local Thai place’s delivery driver.) I know I’m not alone, so I think all of us would appreciate the results of a recent study which discovered the things about our homes that are most likely to turn off potential guests. READ MORE » Powered by WPeMatico

4 Terrific Habits of Homebodies (That Anyone Can Do)

Everyone knows a homebody. (And if you don’t know one, you definitely are one.) Homebodies aren’t boring and they’re not necessarily shy. They just know hanging around the house can be pretty awesome. Here’s why… READ MORE » Powered by WPeMatico

4 Tricks for a Lively Table Convo (That'll Keep Everyone Off Their Phones)

When my in-laws came over for Thanksgiving, we had a wonderful time together. Nothing like a visit from grandparents and three fun uncles to keep the kids happy and entertained while I prepared our feast. I was surprised, then, when our ’round-the-table conversation was devoid of the effervescent conversation I’m used to with my own (Italian) side of the family. I became acutely aware of the silence and then the inordinately loud sound of forks tinkling on plates. READ MORE » Powered by WPeMatico

Not Your Grandmother's Flowers: 7 Chic Alternative Online Flower Delivery Services

I’m a big fan of gifting flowers—both to others and myself. They instantly brighten any room and, in a workspace, are a welcome contrast from screen life. But sometimes the experience of sending flowers can be a bit lacking… or even embarrassing. Most of the time you place an order with a phone operator who dispatches a local florist you don’t choose. When the flowers arrive you have no idea if they’re a reflection of your good taste, or a pile of half-wilted carnations. (Cringe.) READ MORE » Powered by WPeMatico

The Best Board Games You've Probably Never Played Before

Have you heard of Eurogames before? It’s a subgenre of board games classified by two major features: their attention to design and theme, and focus on serious strategy. Competetive folks, take note: Put away the Scrabble set and try on one of these board games for size. READ MORE » Powered by WPeMatico