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All Your Etiquette Questions, Answered

Real Simple’s Modern Manners columnist, Catherine Newman, etiquette expert and author of the parenting memoir Waiting for Birdy, offers her best advice on your social quandaries.

Creative Ways to Decorate With Pinecones This Season

Sometimes the prettiest holiday decorations don’t actually come from the store. We know: It can seem daunting to DIY, especially during a time of the year when your to-do list is filled with other pressing tasks. But creating your own trimmings is not only a fun way to take a time-out; it also means more flexibility to craft something that suits your home’s existing décor. You can swap out colors (think silver or gold if you don’t love the traditional red and green), use new materials (try your hand at a ribbon wreath instead of the evergreen variety), or even bring a little bit of the outside in (yes, we think pinecones make a great choice). Though the Christmas tree or a wreath on the front door is an obvious way to add natural elements to your home, these out-of-the-box ideas are just as beautiful. Plus, it’s likely the guests at your annual dinner party have never seen these upscale holiday crafts before, so you might even have guests asking where they can buy their own. Once the holidays are over, you don’t have to quickly retire these items. Most of these crafts will look right at home until the first signs of spring.

Here’s What Causes a Stunning White Rainbow

It’s also called a “fog bow” or “moonbow.”

Inexpensive Ideas for Party Food

Don’t let sky-high food-and-drink bills crash your party. These affordable strategies let you scrimp without looking like Scrooge.

There’s a Restaurant That Serves Everything in Mason Jars

Well, not coffee and cookies—but everything else.

Take a Look at the White House's Holiday Decorations

The decorations honor the importance of service, friends and family, education, and good health.

8 Ways to Prep Your House When You Have Zero Time

It’s not enough that you brined and roasted a 22-pound turkey—plus a dozen sides—you also have to dust the baseboards and wet mop the floors? No, not exactly. Skip the deep clean on this insanely busy week and focus on a few crucial surface tasks instead.

7 Bags for Winter Travel

If you’re gearing up to go back home for the holidays or escaping the winter weather while you have some time off from work, consider upgrading to one of these handy sacks.

An Introvert’s Guide to Holiday Parties

Can we loop you in? Your next round of holiday cocktail parties will be less awkward with these strategies for asserting—and inserting—yourself.

New Year’s Party Decorations

Celebrate the countdown in style with these decorative party picks.