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Feb 19

Embrace the Ease of a "Day-of" Party (So You Can See Your Friends More)

Life is stressful enough as it is—so make this the weekend you stop putting unnecessary pressure on yourself when it comes to hosting. Does your house need to be impeccably clean with a three-course dinner planned and a carefully crafted evite in order to have a good time? No. Is it easy to get swept up in appearances and pretend it does? Absolutely.

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Feb 19

6 People Told Us What They Notice About Your Messy Home

I hosted a small party for my daughter’s birthday last weekend. After making sure the cake was baked and the decorations were hung on the wall, I felt pressed to deep clean. Not just pick up stuff, but dust baseboards and thoroughly mop the floors and shine the stainless appliances and wipe down every bathroom afresh. I didn’t want the parents dropping off their kids to think I was a slob.

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28
Nov 18

How to Actually Put Together a Sleek (But Useful) Bar Cart

It seems like everyone has a bar cart nowadays, but do you actually use yours efficiently? Whether yours is cluttered with booze bottles that are practically full, serves as a catchall for your drinkware, or is currently serving as your wine rack because you literally drink nothing else—here’s how to make your bar cart beautiful and functional.

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Nov 18

The Best Air Mattresses for an Instant Guest Bed — The Best List

A relatively new invention that has profoundly improved the ability to host guests around the world, the humble air mattress has been nearly perfected and prices have certainly come way down. After a week in our lab, we gave the top pick to Intex Comfort Plush for its equal comfort, advantageous size and remarkable price.

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Nov 18

The Best Board Games — The Best List

We’re big fans of board games here at Apartment Therapy—what better way to spend a night in than with a competitive board game and wine? With the weather getting closer to winter every day and the holidays coming up (hello family time), it might be time to bulk up your board game staples and find some new ones to add to your arsenal. We rounded up our very favorites, from the seriously strategic to the more passive and casual, so you can have another excuse to skip the bars and stay indoors this winter.

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27
Oct 18

We Are Buying Reese Witherspoon's Favorite Holiday Items ASAP

When the season of giving rolls around, sometimes (all the time) we’re stumped with what to give. How many times can you give a candle, a bottle of wine, a coffee table book (although these are all great options when you need a last-minute gift)?

But this year, Reese Witherspoon has heard our cries and has come to the rescue with her recommended holiday picks from Crate & Barrel.

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21
Oct 18

Here's How Tiny House Dwellers Have Friends Over (with Less Space Than You)

When you live in small space, inviting people over can be tricky—simply for the lack of real estate. There’s limited place to prep crudités and even less space for everyone to sit. But if you want to throw a party in a less than lush apartment, a quaint country bungalow, or a trendy container home, there are some space-saving tricks that can make hosting less of a challenge and actually, well, fun.

And who better than to know of these small space entertaining tips than tiny home dwellers? If they can do it, you definitely can too. Here, five tiny house dwellers (and me!) share our tips for hosting an incredible party—even in the smallest of spaces.

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26
Jun 18

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.

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Jun 18

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?

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29
May 18

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.

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