How to Throw the Ultimate Friendsgiving

Jill Owen | Posted 10.09.2015 | Canada Living
Jill Owen

Whether it's as an expat abroad or just one province over, those of us living away from home can't always make the trek back for Thanksgiving. This usually results in a healthy dose of FOMO for the holiday festivities back home, but not to fear -- friendsgiving is here!

How to Host the Perfect Canadian Thanksgiving

Lisa Orr | Posted 10.03.2015 | Canada Living
Lisa Orr

Thanksgiving is about celebrating and giving thanks for our wonderful families and the other gifts in our lives. Regardless of what's on the menu, where you serve it or how you eat it, the key to a perfect Thanksgiving meal is to focus on our gratitude and on being together with our most precious gifts, our family and friends.

5 Ways to Be the Ultimate Cottage Host

Lisa Orr | Posted 07.31.2015 | Canada Living
Lisa Orr

One of the great joys of having a cottage is welcoming friends and family to come and visit. However many cottage guests are not regular cottagers and because every cottage is so different, it falls to the cottage host to take a few extra steps to ensure a wonderful visit is had by all.

Everything You Need To Know Dinner Parties This Summer

The Huffington Post Canada | Joy D'Souza | Posted 06.10.2015 | Canada Living

Not sure what to give your host? Or worse, not sure what to serve at your own dinner party? The rules for hosting and attending dinner in someone's ho...

Sticky Situation: New Year's Toast Origins, Dos and Don'ts

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 03.02.2015 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

Although the sound of fine crystal glasses clinking may be lovely and could dissipate evil spirits, it is bad news for glassware and your host. It could be unsafe and expensive when the two "toasters" knock too hard; glasses could crack or break.

Sticky Situation: Your Ultimate Holiday Hosting How-To

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 02.21.2015 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

At this most wonderful time of the year, I share with you place-setting guidelines, dining dos and don'ts and of course solutions to sticky hosting situations.

Staying Merry in Common Holiday Conundrums

Karen Cleveland | Posted 01.24.2015 | Canada Living
Karen Cleveland

Isn't it ironic that what's supposed to be the season of giving, reflecting and general do-gooding is tied up in the most stressful expectations for shopping and hosting? It can be enough to make you want to say bah humbug, but please, don't. Here are some common holiday conundrums, and some advice on how to stay merry.

The Perfect Ho-Ho-Host: Holiday Hosting Checklist

Posted 11.28.2014 | Canada Living

When snow hits the ground, it can only mean one thing: ‘Tis the season for hosting parties! Something about the mix of eggnog, cold weather, present...

Don't Stress About Hosting, Enjoy Your Guests

Karen Cleveland | Posted 11.19.2012 | Canada Living
Karen Cleveland

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.

Nine Ways to Be a Good Cottage Guest

Cottage Life | Posted 08.01.2012 | Canada Living
Cottage Life

You might be worried about committing a faux pas and ending up on the host's blacklist. You also may be new to the wilderness, which can be an even bigger concern, for different reasons all together. Whether you're a good friend, an acquaintance or a tag-along, following some simple guidelines can ensure that everyone has a great time and that you get invited back.