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Laid-Back Party Planner

The basics of entertaining, from how much to serve to stress-free party ideas.

Easy Entertaining Tips

The Best Frozen Hors d'Oeuvres
These crisp, flavorful―and easy―appetizers leave you free to enjoy the party.

The Stress Less Dinner Party
Follow these easy steps to pull together a festive dinner for friends.

Slow-Cooker Spaghetti Bolognese

25 Favorite Pasta Recipes on Pinterest

A weeknight standard in many households, there are endless pasta recipes to choose from. Here are the top 25 as chosen by our Pinterest followers.
Photo: Marcus Nilsson

6 Pretty Flowers and Their Symbolic Meanings

Instead of simply grabbing the nicest thing at the supermarket, pick a bouquet with a message.
Photo: Jens Mortensen

5 Easy, Inexpensive Centerpieces

Transform your table with beautiful arrangements that take less than 60 seconds to make.

16 Fresh Ways to Dress Up a Table

Add unexpected fun and color to your tablescape.
Photo: Anita Calero
Slow-Cooker Spaghetti Bolognese
Single flowers in small vases
Place settings with chalkboard placemats

Easy Entertaining

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12 Top Entertaining Questions, Answered
With some easy planning, you can host a party and keep your cool.

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Party Planning Checklist

A step-by-step guide to pulling off a fabulous party.

  • Make an invitation list. For a large cocktail party, invite 20 percent more people than you can fit, since typically only 70 percent to 80 percent of invitees attend.
  • Decide on a theme, if you want one. Make, buy, or borrow any decorations or music you may need to fit the theme.
  • Send invitations. Mail, e-mail, even phone invites are all acceptable.

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