HOSTESS

Amanda Mercier

How To Host An Amazing Wine Tasting Party

It is no secret that I am a big fan of wine. Every month I share with you the results of my monthly wine tasting group, I HEART WINE Club; a very exclusive party of unsophisticated wine lovers like myself. I was recently asked by a few of my readers to share my recipe for hosting an amazing wine tasting party -- so here it is.
Stephanie Foley/Food & WIne

Don't Stress About Hosting, Enjoy Your Guests

At some point, I don't know when, I started to plan a bit too much for hosting company. Perhaps I got so caught up that I became fussed, sucking the spontaneity out of what should be fun. Those that profess to enjoy hosting often agree that the trick to keeping it stress free is to be prepared and organized. But don't forget to relax and enjoy your guest's company.
Alamy

Five Unique Hostess Gifts For That Last Summer Invite

There's no more avoiding the obvious: the last weekend of summer is looming. Hopefully the past few months held long, languorous days devoted to soaking up the sun in good company. If a trip away for Labour Day weekend is in the cards, bringing along something nice for your host could keep you as a guest in good standing. Flowers or a great bottle of wine are always good, safe bets, but if you're jockeying to be top of mind for the first long weekend invite for next spring, it might be time to stock some other gifts.