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Dec 17

9 Party Hosting Mistakes You Might Not Even Know You're Making

So you’re having a holiday party, and you want it to be perfect. Take a look at this list — and make sure to avoid these nine mistakes that even the most well-intentioned hosts and hostesses make.

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Nov 17

Where to Stack Coats and Bags When You're Having a Big Party in a Small Space — Small Space Problems

Nothing is more fun during the holiday season than hosting friends and family for a gathering. But what happens when you love to entertain but don’t actually have a ton of room or even a proper coat closet to store everyone’s stuff?

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Nov 17

10 Affordable Hostess Gifts (That Aren't Just a Bottle of Wine)

When it comes to host and hostess gifts, you don’t want to go too flashy—simple, inexpensive, practical, and thoughtful (and preferably edible, drinkable, or used in tandem with food or beverages alcoholic or otherwise) is the way to go. Which is why so many people show up to parties and holiday dinners with a bottle of wine. It’s easy, it doesn’t break the bank, and it can often be used during the celebration.

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Nov 17

Competitive Tablescaping is Real, and it is a Delight to Behold

Humans have competitions for all kinds of strange things: holding beer steins, racing lawn mowers, chasing a wheel of cheese down a hill. But these all seem positively mainstream compared to a competition that is held annually at the L.A. County Fair, where participants attempt to outdo each other in setting the table.

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Nov 17

Pretty Tabletop Disposables for a Chill Friendsgiving Meal

The best part of Thanksgiving is not the centerpieces, fine china or napkin rings — it’s being together with loved ones and enjoying a long meal together. Whether you’re hosting a casual Friendsgiving or feeding a crowd, this is one holiday when using disposable tableware makes complete sense for a lot of folks and, best of all, no dishes!

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29
Oct 17

Do You Clean for Guests? You're in the Minority, According to This Study

You know that mad-dash feeling you get when you find out a guest is coming over last-minute and you don’t have time to clean (you know, the one where you run around hiding things in closets and wiping down everything you pass by at warp speed)? Or when you have plenty of time to plan and get ready, do you spend way too much energy trying to get things exactly right for your guests? Yeah, me too—on both fronts. But as it turns out, not everyone is on the same page.

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Oct 17

A Spooky, Kooky Halloween-Ready Home

Name: Jennifer Perkins and husband Chris Boehk along with daughter Tallulah (five years old) and Baxter (three years old).
Location: Shady Hollow Neighborhood — Austin, Texas
Size: 2,900 square feet
Years lived in: Owned 1 year

We shared some of the great Halloween decor ideas we spotted in the home of Jennifer Perkins (crafter, business lady and really rad mom) earlier this month. As promised, we’re back with a bigger tour so you can see how all those great decor ideas fit in with Jennifer’s colorful everyday style. And though having a dynamically decorated home is a year-round affair for this fun family, Halloween is a special time of year because Jennifer is known for her huge family-friendly annual Halloween party.

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