Holiday Entertaining

Get ready for the holiday party season with easy appetizer recipes, tips on setting a pretty table and more.

Party Planning Ideas

How Do You Make Holiday Entertaining Less Stressful?

Real Simple readers share 16 trusted tips for enjoying―not dreading―the season.

Inexpensive Ideas for Holiday Party Food

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

Breaking the Turkey Wishbone: A Thanksgiving Tradition

Discover the real meaning behind this Turkey Day custom.

How to Serve Hors d’Oeuvres

Seven expert tips to kick-start your party.

Natural Fall Décor

It’s time to use what’s in season for fall to your advantage. Decorate your home for Thanksgiving with the season’s natural elements—from the farm stand, the grocery store, and even your own backyard. Let your surroundings inspire you when it comes to fall decorating. If you’ve seen some beautiful leaves in your yard, or on your walks around the neighborhood, turn them into fall décor by flattening them and pinning them to boards for instant wall art. Or instead, of carving the pumpkins and gourds that you’ve picked up for Halloween, use them as candleholders and display on your mantel or dinner table. When it comes to displaying these natural accents, don’t just limit it to the table and the mantel, think about hanging some décor from your lighting fixtures or along your stair railing. You can even start putting these décor items out in early fall and keep them through Thanksgiving and early December—we’ll show you how to preserve fruit, leaves, and other foliage so you won’t end up with anything rotting or giving off a bad odor. Try one of these DIY ideas and your guests will be impressed with the warm, festive welcome (and your creativity!)

Secrets to a Spectacular Thanksgiving Centerpiece

Unique and beautiful ways to dress your holiday table.

Appetizers, Cocktails, and More

Getting Ready for Overnight Guests

Easy ideas for prepping your place ahead of time, so visitors feel at home.

10 DIY Fall Wreaths That Are Way Better Than a Welcome Mat

Your neighbors will be oh-so-jealous when they see one of these hanging on your front door.