Entertaining

52 Great Hostess Gifts

These seasonal picks will show your gratitude—and maybe (probably!) even snag you another invitation.

6 Halloween Party Themes for a Scary Fun Gathering

If you’re planning to host a Halloween bash this year, why not think a little outside the box? And by box, we mean the traditional orange and black color scheme, spiders and fake cobwebs on the walls, cauldrons filled with dry ice, and yards and yards of creepy cloth. Sure, the classics are always a good idea, but it doesn’t hurt to mix it up every now and then too. If you want to try something different, we asked event planners and entertaining experts for some unique ideas to wow your friends and family (and maybe even spook them a bit). If you still want to go the eerie route, try a “Cabinet of Curiosities” by displaying interesting and mysterious items (think skulls, taxidermy-inspired pieces, branches and leaves, and more) down the center of your dining or buffet table, or on the mantel. If you cringe at the sight of cobwebs, jack ‘o lanterns, and faux eyeballs, there are plenty of options for décor that aren’t of the classic Halloween variety or super scary. There’s a classic black and white color scheme for a dinner or cocktail party, for instance, that’s elegant and understated, or a rustic theme with cozy details like thick pillows and blankets for seating, and a warm neutral palette. And you don’t have to start prepping these ideas weeks ahead of time—they can easily be pulled off at home with a few projects that you can do the weekend before. Whatever you choose, it will be a party your guests won’t forget.

7 Scary-Good Halloween Cookies

No, it’s not wizardry or witchcraft—just some frighteningly fantastic Halloween cookie recipes.

5 Pumpkin Smoothie Recipes Just in Time for Autumn

It’s called The Great Pumpkin for a reason: fall’s iconic gourd is packed with health-enhancing nutrients and, of course, delicious flavor.

Fun Fall Activities Checklist

Autumn flies by in a flash, so take advantage of the crisp weather and beautiful foliage with this list of fun things to do in the fall.

23 Crisp Fall Apple Recipes

Celebrate fall’s bounty with mouthwatering sweet and savory dishes.

10 Easy Butternut Squash Recipes

Think butternut squash's only good for soup (or Thanksgiving)? Squash any preconceived notions and see how versatile butternut can be.