Easy Party Appetizers and Cocktails

Throwing a festive bash? Find recipes for party-perfect nibbles, snacks, and sips.

The Food

10 Store-Bought Thanksgiving Shortcuts Real Simple Staffers Swear By

We get by with a little help from these grocery store finds. 

6 Creative Ways to Use Apples

Half a dozen unique ways to serve this fall favorite.


...And the Drinks

Best Punch Recipes

Hosting a big party? These cheerful drink recipes all serve 10 or more—no bartender required.

5 Bar Strategies for a Fabulous Party

Follow these tips to make sure your bar is stocked and the drinks keep flowing all party long.

Basic Bar Tools

The 10 essentials of every home bar.