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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 movies “Wedding Crashers” and “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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