Nate Berkus’s Top 5 Entertaining Tips

Interior designer Nate Berkus knows how to make a backyard bash as memorable for grown-ups as it is for the kids. Real Simple tagged along on an outdoor party he helped his longtime assistant, Kelly Engstrom, host. Try his high-style, low-effort ideas to elevate your own summer parties. 

5 Boozy Ice Pops That Will Get You Buzzed

Fun frozen cocktails-on-a-stick make a playful addition to any summer party or Saturday afternoon. These five delicious versions are easy to make—and even easier to devour.

Farmer’s Market Finds: Beets

Welcome to Farmer’s Market Finds—a summer series on what to buy at the farmer’s market week to week. Every Wednesday, we’ll visit Union Square Greenmarket in New York City and choose one in-season fruit or vegetable to focus on. Then we'll share some of our favorite recipes to try out at home. This week, it’s all about beets.

11 Barbecue Appetizers You’ll Be Serving All Summer

As you season the steaks and fire up the grill, satisfy hungry guests with an assortment of savory starters. Just make sure they save room for the feast ahead—including dessert, of course.

5 Smoked Salmon Recipes for Brunch and Beyond

Though this delicacy often appears on brunch menus, it’s easy to serve smoked salmon at home—at any time of the day. From potato bites and canapes to sandwiches and salads, these smoked salmon recipes are perfect for entertaining or even a quick lunch. 

6 Healthy Fish Recipes That Won’t Dirty a Single Dish

Since everything cooks together in neat paper pouches, you’ll use less fat and retain a higher level of nutrients. You know what that means: Dinners that are kind to your waistline yet still incredibly delicious.

These Fourth of July Cupcakes Actually Explode

Impress every kid (and adult) at your party with these super fun and easy to make treats.

5 Genius Ideas for Grilled Eggplant

Squeeze every last bite out of eggplant season with the help of these delicious and inventive toppings.

The Ultimate Fourth of July Menu

Use this lineup of crowd-pleasing favorites to plan your Independence Day bash.