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15-Minute Entertaining Ideas

Fast, foolproof, and surprising party planning ideas.

Easy, Effortless Entertaining

Make a Great Toast in 5 Steps
Steve Faber, the screenwriter of the movie Wedding Crashers as well as the upcoming comedy We’re the Millers, shares his top toasting points. 

Flatware and drinking glasses decorated with sticky dots

15-Minute Place Settings for a Party

No time to prep? No problem. Pull the table together with these quick and creative shortcuts.
Photo: Photo: Nicole Hill Gerulat; Styling: Elizabeth MacLennan

15-Minute DIY Centerpieces

Pull together these easy table arrangements in a flash.
Photo: Photo: Nicole Hill Gerulat; Styling: Blake Ramsey

15-Minute DIY Party Ideas

Fast, foolproof, and surprising ideas for any celebration.
Photo: Photo: Nicole Hill Gerulat; Styling: Elizabeth MacLennan

Partytime New Uses for Old Things

Secret ways household objects can help with entertaining.
Photo: Lucas Allen
Flatware and drinking glasses decorated with sticky dots
Centerpiece of flowers in red dotted vases
Hi-ball glasses topped with vanilla and chocolate cookies on tray
Cupcake liner used to serve snacks
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Speed-Clean Your Back Entryway

Take your back entryway from filthy to flawless in just 15 minutes.

  • Minutes 1 to 2: Clear out the entryway. Move area rugs, shoes, and umbrellas just outside the door. Toss non-entry items (toys, books, dirty clothes) into a big tote to redistribute later.
  • Minute 3: Bang the indoor and outdoor mats against a walkway to loosen dirt. (If your indoor mat is worn, you might want to replace it with one that’s water-absorbent.)
  • Minute 4: With a moistened Magic Eraser, spot-clean scuffs and mud off walls, doors, and baseboards; go over doorknobs and light switches, too. Catch drips and dry wet spots with a paper towel.

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