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Common RSVP Traps (and How to Avoid Them)

The bottom line for responding to a party invitation politely is this: RSVP ASAP—as in within a day or two. But when your answer isn’t a clear-cut yes or no—well, that’s when things get sticky. Jodi R. R. Smith, the founder of Mannersmith Etiquette Consulting, demystifies murky scenarios.

7 Festive New Year’s Eve Accessories

These cheerful trimmings will make your year-end soiree one to remember.

6 Disposable Dishes

These disposable tableware selections let you serve your guests in style—without spending hours washing dishes afterward.

7 Mighty Tasty Margarita Recipes

How to make margaritas like you’ve never made them before: Start with tequila, and then where they go—zesty, spicy, sour, or sweet—is entirely up to you.

9 Hacks for Stress-Free Outdoor Parties

Whether you host every weekend or once a season, upping your game with these hot tips promises an endless summer of fun.

1 Seriously Awesome Summer Party

It’s meant for an over-21 crowd, of course. But if kids come along, set them up in their own space with assorted root beers, so they can rate and debate.

The One Type of Summer Party That Makes Everyone Happy

Combining classic barbecue fare and old-school activities, this low-key gathering is ideal for a mixed crowd where guests don't know one another. Suitable for ages 3 to 93.

6 Steps to Organizing the Best Movie Night Ever

With a canvas drop cloth as your screen, an outdoor theater is easier to create than you might think. Have some fun with your "concession stand." No shushing allowed!

7 Eye-Catching Outdoor Lanterns

Get a beautiful glow—no juice cleanse required! Just display one of these lanterns and let the flickering light add ambience to your space (and your face).

8 Gorgeous Garden Stools

Use one of these multi-purpose stools as a stylish seat, a sweet display for blooms, or a perch for a platter of hors d’oeuvres.

9 Beautiful and Unbreakable Serving Pieces

As a host, you already have enough on your plate. To make things easier on yourself, choose reusable options that look practically identical to the real thing.

3 Awesome Playlists for Summer Parties

Set the mood at your next summer bash with Real Simple’s downloadable playlists.