Certain guests are less welcome than others. They include: the Night Owl, the Nonstop Talker, the Complainer, the Lingerer, the Do-It Yourselfer and the Slob. Each have certain foibles which work well for them in their own homes, but tend to rankle even the most easy-going host.
A girlfriend recently asked me for some guidance on how to decorate her tiny San Francisco apartment patio. She wanted something simple that felt like an escape from the city, and had a relaxing ambiance.
It's time to break out the red, white and blue decorations, dust off the grill and party your swimsuit off! It's a time to celebrate summer, but let's not forget that it's a time to party patriotic.
Last weekend was my friend's birthday and she had her party at the beach. She spent the whole afternoon getting ready for the event, picking up a few essentials for the perfect summer beach party.
Wonderfully squishy on the inside, fresh and milking tasting, this cheese comes close to what you'd eat in Italy.
Deep brown and irresistible, bacon plus caramelized brown sugar makes a tasty snack with drinks. Or cut in small pieces and scatter over ice cream. Seriously. Then watch it disappear.
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.
With Memorial Day marking the unofficial start of summer season, it's also grilling season, bikini season and my all-time favorite -- no-cook summer recipes! These way-beyond-easy tips will help you spend more time having fun and less time cooking.
Want to throw the party of the season, but feel fresh out of ideas? With Memorial Day this weekend and many more reasons to celebrate this summer, try my "perfectly imperfect" approach to entertaining and your guests will remember your celebration for years to come.
Summer is almost here! Now that the days and nights are much warmer, having an outdoor ceiling fan can help keep you cool. There are many different factors to consider when selecting the right outdoor ceiling fan for your home.
Do you love grilled cheese at the cottage? Of course you do. If you want to take your sandwich to the next level of deliciousness, try these Cottage L...
I love Cinco De Mayo! I mean, duh -- tacos, margaritas, colorful décor. What's not to love?
People love red velvet cake. Some of our customers are completely crazed by it. Regardless of where you fall, you have to admit it's the perfect choice for a Fourth of July celebration.
I was brainstorming some ideas for no-mess summer desserts, and my sister suggested one of her favorite treats -- meringues. They're light enough that you can eat a few and not worry about how you look in your pretty new dress!
You don't need fireworks to show your patriotic colors this weekend. At my house, cool drinks add just the right splash to our annual party. So get hosting this 4th of July and create your own Classic All-American Bash!
Entertaining at home should be simple, fun, easy and affordable. If you throw any of these out of the mix it does not make for a good time. The key is to just keep it simple.