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Want to throw a party? We have you covered from start-to-finish with a portfolio of party planning guides.

Easy Entertaining: Celebrate With Chocolate

Who doesn’t like chocolate? Or holidays? Well we have a reason to celebrate then because there are no less than 42 official Chocolate Holidays during the year. And the winter season has a few good ones that have inspired in us some party ideas. December 16 was National Chocolate-Covered Anything Day, and December 28 is simply National Chocolate Day. In...

Easy Entertaining: Honey

September is National Honey Month, which is as good hook as any for a timely story, but also a good opportunity to remind ourselves of what a remarkable food honey is all year round. Honey sustains bees in their hive, one of the world’s most efficient manufacturing facilities. The 40 to 60,000 bees in a beehive may collectively travel...

Easy Entertaining: Mexican Fiesta

Here’s a party idea perfect for when the weather begins to chill. Take a trip to Mexico without ever leaving your home. Here are a few easy recipes that are delicious, filling and very affordable. Did we say affordable? For less than dinner out for two, we have a party menu that could easily feed six. So invite over your...

In The Mix

Although mixers are an instrumental part of building a delicious cocktail, the wrong mix can turn a good spirit into a bad cocktail. When I speak about cocktails, I always emphasize balance because you want to let the true flavor of the spirit shine through. During prohibition, bad mixers and sugar were heavily used — and needed — to mask...

Easy Entertaining — Easy Kebab Party

It’s hard to beat a cookout for casual entertainment. The mood is relaxed, never rushed, and the food is informal, which makes for a perfect opportunity to grill kebabs. This ancient means of grilling food is not only a fun way to cook, it lends itself to lots of creativity and a shared experience. Depending on what you like to...

Set up your Home Bar in time for Derby Parties.

Many of us host parties during Derby Season and from the entertaining front, the home bar is the center of attention. Here is a guide to help you get that home bar up and running. For beginning entertainers, the bar is a place to build upon as you start to entertain more often. Don’t worry about getting everything all at once....

Easy Entertaining — Hot Dogs & Board Games

Sometimes entertaining isn't about the most complicated recipes and chic tableware. It’s about getting together with people you like without having to spend hours of preparation. Keeping it easy and fun is as simple as hot dogs and old-fashioned board games, where young and old can eat together and play together. For one night, we turn off the electronics and bring all...

Easy Entertaining — A Lobster Feast (party planning & recipes)

Ask anyone who has seen Woody Allen’s “Annie Hall” knows, cooking whole live lobsters can be intimidating. But we’ve taken the fear out of the process by providing easy steps to properly cook lobsters, for the reward is well worth the effort. Not only is lobster delicious eaten whole, its rich meat is luxurious in a variety of dishes including...

Easy Entertaining — Home for the Holidays

Holidays can be stressful. End-of-year entertaining can present special challenges that don't plague your average host during less hectic seasons. With the never-ending parade of office celebrations, neighborhood gatherings and family functions, holiday parties often seem more of a chore than a pleasure - to both host and invitee alike. Tim and Lori Laird aren't your average hosts, however. Food & Dining's...

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