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Tim & Lori Laird

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(Entertaining Editors-at-Large) Lori and Tim Laird and their “Easy Entertaining” column have been featured in F&D for more than a decade. Tim is known as America’s CEO (Chief Entertaining Officer ) for Brown-Forman (now retired), and Lori is an Executive Recruiter for the automotive industry. The couple travels globally to show others how to entertain at home. Tim makes hundreds of appearances a year on radio and television programs and has appeared on The Today Show, The CBS Early Show, The Tonight Show, ABC World News Now, and Good Morning America to name a few. Together they have published three highly acclaimed books on “Easy Entertaining.”
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...

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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...