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Making the Most of Winter Entertaining

Oh winter. It sure gets a bad rap. But you know what? It's become one of my favorite seasons to entertain. Think fires, fun cocktails, stick-to-your-bones meals - see what I mean? Not to mention, snow acts as the most perfect chiller for bubbly. So if you aren't on #teamwinter yet, check out these ways to warm up your festivities even on the coldest day. xo, Abby Capalbo 1. Keep 'em cozy This is obvious. Being cold, no matter how...

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DIY Sparkle Cake Topper

Are any of you hosting a Valentine's fete tonight or tomorrow? I'm loving that this heart-filled holiday falls on a weekend. There's time for a Galentine's soiree with your besties and...

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Valentine’s Day Brunch at Home

With Valentine's Day falling on a Sunday this year, the huz and I have decided to trade in a night out for a Sunday brunch. And this sweet bit of inspiration from Beijos Events and Megan Welker is just the ticket.

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38 Galentine’s Party Essentials

I hope you're ready for the Valentine's Day gorgeousness we have for you this week, loves. We're loading up on cupid-approved party details, recipes, DIYs and more starting first thing tomorrow. But before we do, we're sending you...

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A Genius Idea for House Guests: The DIY Hostess Basket

I fully believe that preparation is a good hostess's best friend. And after years of learning from the best of them (ahem Hostess with the Mostess Abby Larson) I've adopted a few tried and true tricks. Things like always having a stash of good champagne for impromptu celebrations, a curated play list at the ready and a few crowd-pleasing recipes in my arsenal and now this...

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The Ultimate Winter Dinner Party Menu

When the winter temps dip below freezing, I seek anything that can be preceded by the adjective, cozy. Fireside evenings, chunky throws and especially comfort foods. And I don't change up that attitude one bit when friends come for dinner. In fact, I amp up the comfort food factor. From melt-in-your-mouth bites to...

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Things You Can Do Tonight for a Stress-Free Thanksgiving

It's the night before Thanksgiving, and if you're hosting tomorrow (and you're anything like us), you're probably freaking out. The good news is, there's still plenty of time to tackle the bulk of your list and have a Thanksgiving that runs smooth-as-pie. Take six deep breaths, read our quick tips, and start checking things off- you've got this!

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Hostess Essentials for Stress-Free Holiday Entertaining

If you're just having a few friends over for a casual dinner, it's no biggie if you forget extra napkins and have to make do with paper towels. But when you've got lots of family coming for a...

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Spotted: The Linens You Need to Make Your Thanksgiving Table Look Divine

Planning the perfect Thanksgiving dinner is an art, and creating a gorgeous tablescape is one part of the ultimate masterpiece. Before you settle on your...

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Keeping the Kids Entertained at Holiday Dinners

If children are on your guest list, your chances of hosting a seamless, elegant dinner became just a bit more touch and go. But fret not. With the proper tools and tricks (and a couple glasses of vino) you'll maximize your investment and make sure your return is paid out as full as little kids allow. Above and beyond all, remember this: well fed, rested children that are kept busy equals fun for all and a moment of peace for parents! No idea where to start on the "activity" front? We've...

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Countdown to Thanksgiving!

This is IT, folks. Our ultimate planning schedule. I don't want to overpromise, but... I'm pretty confident this baby will lead you from chicken-with-her-head-cut-off to a beautifully prepared Thanksgiving dinner in one (very pulled together) piece. If you're hosting this year, bookmark this post- and then get out there and reserve that turkey! • A clean house is a clear mind. If you can afford it, hire a cleaning service to give your place a good scrub down. If you plan to tackle...

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10 Tips for the Thoughtful Hostess

Calling all novice hostesses! I remember (all too clearly!) my crazy, frazzled attempt at hosting my first holiday affair- not an easy feat with my large extended family. If you're new to the holiday dinner game, don't go in blind! Take a peek at our editors' best advice, tips, and tidbits to make sure your first run is a smooth one.

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Entertaining with Abby: Cake Party

Here's the thing with entertaining—it's often WAY easier to pull together a successful gathering if you have a bit of a "theme." Whether it's as simple as "black and white" to help make decor buying a cinch OR something like this cake decorating party where the activity takes center stage, a...

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DIY Gilded Leather Acorn Coasters

"Use a coaster!" I feel like a piece of me can relate to Monica Geller of FRIENDS. I prefer folks to use coasters - especially when entertaining! But I don't like guests to use just any coaster, I prefer pretty. Possibly leather. And always gold. These gilded leather acorn coasters are the perfect accessory to your Thanksgiving feast and guests can take them as favors when the party is over! xo ...

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Abby Larson’s Ultimate Entertaining Checklist

My idea of entertaining involves having my best friend over to watch "The Bachelorette" with a bottle (or tw0) of wine. So, I'm especially grateful there are people like Abby Larson (who turns entertaining into an art form) to share their secrets with people like me. With these essential entertaining tips, your...

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6 Tricks to Get Your Home Ready for Fall Entertaining

If you're anything like Amanda at The Fashionable Hostess, Halloween marks the beginning of the marathon that is the holiday season. From Thanksgiving to Christmas to New Years, there seems...

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Spotted on Saturday: Pieces to Make Your Mantel Sparkle

Mantels get a lot of attention for one month out of the year: December, when stockings are hung by the chimney with care. But, there's no reason why your mantel can't stand out and sparkle the other 11 months. With the help of some fabulous inspiration from THE VAULT, we've rounded up the goods to make your fireplace the focal point of any room. More Spotted Goodies

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This Snickerdoodle Latte is the New PSL

I don't like coffee but I'm fairly certain even I would get out of bed for this scrumptious treat from Jen Pinkston at The Effortless Chic. This Snickerdoodle Latte is basically like eating snickerdoodle cookies for breakfast without anyone scoffing. Sorry, Starbucks, this may just be our new favorite seasonal treat. From...

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Black and White Entertaining Essentials

When it comes to keeping it simple, there's nothing more chic than entertaining in black and white! With a simple color palette, the littlest of details can really shine. From paper straws to all black plates, we've rounded up our favorite black and white entertaining essentials inspired by some of our favorite parties found on Style Me Pretty Living. Scroll down to see all the enviable...

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Secret Garden Bridal Dinner

Oh my heavens, this dinner party is what my entertaining dreams are made of. Dreamt up and beautifully designed by Harper & Grey House with florals from Poppy Lane Design, this lovely affair in a walled garden at ...

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