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Five Steps to a Perfect Summer Party from Katie Lee

You likely know Katie Lee as The Kitchen co-host, author and food critic, and our love for her knows no bounds. I mean, anyone who obsesses over food as much as we do is pretty much aces in our book. So when she approached us about spilling her super easy steps to the perfect summer party we truly couldn't say yes fast enough! Without further ado, here are...

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10 Tips for Effortless Outdoor Entertaining with Lowe’s

Though I have no scientific proof, I'm convinced that food tastes significantly better when eaten outdoors. After this painfully long winter we just endured, you'd better believe this will happen at every possible opportunity! And though the idea of throwing a dinner party may feel daunting, we've teamed up with Lowe's to round up our top 10 tips for easy, breezy...

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Cocktail Class + Shrub Syrup Recipe

Up until recently, I hadn't heard of shrub syrup. And then the darling Lauren Wells came into my life and taught me the error of my ways. Because, as it turns out, they infuse an instant hit of delicious into your every day bevvy. And we're about to take a peek at the loveliest cocktail class to date, with a bonus recipe from ...

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A Natural Tea Party

When time feels like it's on fast-forward, it's so lovely to take a quiet moment to enjoy some of life's simple pleasures! Mandy Forlenza Sticos' beautiful, natural tea party is the very embodiment of "stop and smell the roses". After drinking in all this inspiration, I'll be making room in my calendar for a relaxing afternoon filled with friends, flowers, and tea! Soak in all the pretty from Fallon Chan in...

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Mindy Weiss’ Top 10 Summer Entertaining Tips

With a collection of fabulous clients the likes of Katy Perry, Ellen Degeneres and Jessica Simpson under her belt, it's no secret that Mindy Weiss is somewhat of an expert when it comes to planning a picture perfect event. And with the official kick off to summer underway (hello Memorial Day, we are so thrilled you're here!) we thought we'd pick her brain on her top 10 tips for...

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How to Host a Potluck Dinner + DIY Seaglass Place Cards

Potluck dinners are a busy girl's best friend. They're just as exciting as a regular dinner party, but with half the work. We've teamed up with Macy’s to tackle some real ...

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10 Tips for a Perfect Easter Brunch with Sinclair & Moore

I want to live in the world of Sinclair & Moore. Because with features like today's Easter Brunch (and last month's blueberry pancakes) I have fallen more and more in love with this talented duo. Plus, Steve has been gracious enough to share his 10 tips for hosting a successful brunch. Along with photos...

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Cooking With Kids + World’s Best Brownie Recipe

Lauri from The Moms Project here introducing you to Pamela Fishman Cianci, a busy mom and entrepreneur. Every Monday, Pamela takes an afternoon away from the madness of work to spend time with her kids. They spend the day preparing dinner all while learning how to cook alongside her. And today...

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Party Planning Tips & Office Tour

If there's anyone who's well equipped to dole out event planning advice, it'd be the sweet Alicia Keats. And luckily for all of us, she's agreed to let us pick her brain on all things entertaining. From starting her own business, to one thing she always makes sure she has on hand, you'd best read on to absorb her knowledge. And if you're looking for more...

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Tips on Entertaining With Cheese

Ah, The Moms Project, how I love thee. We've chatted about their fantastic mission in the past, and I'm thrilled that we're back with another epic feature. This time, all eyes are on one of my personal favourite topics: cheese (oh yes, I have heart-eyes for...

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How to Entertain With Confidence + A GIVEAWAY!

Though I've done my share of entertaining in the past, I like to turn to the experts when it comes down to executing each event without a hitch. Experts like Ngoc, who is the definition of the hostess with the mostess (and has a book to prove it!) Not only is she sharing her deep, dark entertaining secrets with us, she's also giving away FOUR copies of her...

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Everything You Need for Entertaining on the Fly

Girls. You are going to want to bookmark this post like it's your job. Because this post is going to single handedly transform your home from one that turns the porch light off at 5 o'clock to one that sparkles with friends and family and impromptu parties. Complete with dishes to keep on hand, snacks to stock and playlists to curate. This is your Must-Have Guide for...

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Holiday Entertaining with Lisa Vorce

When celebrity event planner Lisa Vorce invites you to peek at her home, all decked out for the holidays no less, you know it's going to be good. Christmas pretty of the loveliest variety adorned every surface, and we are beyond smitten. While we were at it, we took the chance to pick her brain on all things holiday entertaining and her advice is some you don't want to miss! Captured by the wildly talented...

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How To Entertain in a Small Space

I happen to live in a smaller home, and when it comes to entertaining it often takes some serious creativity to make an event go off without a hitch. This shoot was inspired by entertaining for the holidays in a small space. The key is to take advantage of every square inch available, and don't be afraid to go buffet style. Don't be fooled, you can still entertain in style without having a formal sit down dinner! For more, head on over to my blog...

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The Best Ever Guide to Thanksgiving

Yesterday we shot our annual Thanksgiving Dinner. And it was insanely beautiful and we can't wait to share. We kept the focus on simplicity. Limiting your menu to a totally doable variety. Designing a gorgeous table without stress or anxiety. Planning recipes that are slam dunks no matter what your experience level. And the result was perfection. But before we unveil, we wanted to remind you guys that there is a wee little bit of beautiful inspiration from...

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How to Host a Bloody Mary Brunch

If you ask anyone who knows me, they'll tell you I'm a bit of a brunch aficionado. It happens to be one of my favourite activities, and it isn't uncommon for me to dedicate each weekend to testing out new haunts. Though my boyfriend typically appeases my weekend missions, I do think that this timeless and tailored bloody mary brunch at home is something we could both completely agree upon. Boutique Bites has done it again, and...

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Mini-Versions of Your Favorites

If you haven't had the opportunity to absorb New York Caterer, Peter Callahan's mini-masterpieces to date then today might be your lucky day. This man? He's built of sheer brilliance. One look at his teeny tiny canapes and finger foods alike and you'll see exactly what I mean. For more tiny inspiration, check out the gallery - it's so  stinkin' cute! And...

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The Perfect Charcuterie Spread from Nancy Neil + Ayda Robana

I swear to you I ingest more calories on Wednesdays than I do any other day of the week. You see, Wednesday has become the day in which we really dive deep into the realm of food in all forms on SMP Living and I always find myself scavenging my cupboards by noon as a result. And high atop the craving inducing shoots we post? Ayda Robana and Nancy Neil's beyond incredible...

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How to Host an Al Fresco Dinner

The weather here in New England has been a mess. And I'm pretty sure we're not alone. But for about a week, we got one, blissful day after another. My beloved peonies popped, the sun was shining, birds a-chirping and everyone that I passed had a sweet smile on their face. That week, we ate outside beneath our pretty tree every night. Al fresco style. So we thought today, we'd share a few little secrets for successful outdoor entertaining. Easy, effortless, you will most definitely be drinking...

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Summer Entertaining with Jade + Matthew

I probably say this every time a new season rolls around, but Summer is just my favourite. I can't quite put my finger on it, but people do tend to walk a little taller, stress a little less, and throw the most fabulous bashes that ever existed. Styled by Gray Harper Event Maker and captured by Jade + Matthew Take Pictures, this al fresco dinner is overflowing with warm...

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