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.

Easy Party Foods

These simple snacks, entrées, and desserts are sure to please everyone (including the host). Mix and match any of these recipes for your next bash.


13 All-Star Potluck Sides

Headed to a picnic or holiday cookout? Delight your fellow revelers with one of these delicious (and totally goof-proof) seasonal side dishes.


...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.