Category Archives: Elegant Party Ideas & Hosting Tips

Your guide to party planning, hosting, and adding unique touches that turn gatherings into memorable occasions

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3 Ways to Style Your Thanksgiving Table [Video]

Hosting Thanksgiving dinner can be rewarding and daunting at the same time—you have to plan the menu, cook, and decorate the table. We may not be able to help with the turkey, but we can give you three ideas to create a stunning tablescape to impress your guests.

1. Use fall fruits and foliage.

For Liz Marie of Liz Marie Blog, one statement piece is enough. She kept it simple with an Apple Spice Garland as the centerpiece and complemented that with DIY apple place cards. The set-up is a blend of colorful fall fruit and foliage that look like they’ve been picked straight from the farm. The rich tones of the décor add to the warm and rustic ambience of their dining room.

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Debbie Macomber’s 6 Steps to a Great Thanksgiving Meal

Thanksgiving is a family tradition held around the dining table. Whether you’re serving your family’s favorites or trying out new recipes, cooking up a scrumptious meal is always a labor of love.

Tuscany Cake Stand

Photographed by Stephanie Dyane

Best-selling author Debbie Macomber shares tips on how to prepare for this occasion, including a recipe straight from her latest cookbook, Debbie Macomber’s Table: Sharing the Joy of Cooking with Family and Friends.

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Simple Decor for a Welcoming Thanksgiving Table

The air is crisp, the leaves are falling, and an autumnal ambiance is definitely all around.

Thanksgiving table

It is hard to believe that Thanksgiving is just around the corner. Whether you celebrate with a house full of friends and family gathered around the table to give thanks, or are more simple in the way you celebrate the day, setting a beautiful table is a lovely way to enjoy Thanksgiving.

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Courtney | Special Holiday Consultant from French Country Cottage

Entertaining on the Patio with Fairy Lights

Entertaining outdoors is always on the agenda in summer. By adding a few extra twinkly touches, you can create a lovely ambience and magic for a night to remember.

fairy light cloches

I am sharing 4 elements that I used for the centerpiece to create an inviting ambience for this table recently. And the best part? It is so easy to recreate the look.

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3 Questions Great Hosts Ask When Creating A Tablescape

Entertaining guests at home comprises multiple elements. From food and timing to venue and set-up, all these details need to come together to create the right ambience for your guests. Great hosts aim to have a warm and inviting atmosphere in order for their guests to have a pleasantly memorable time.

Tammy Damore Tablescape

Design great-looking tablescapes that lend an air of elegance and make any occasion feel special. Here are three questions to set you on the right path to creating beautiful tablescapes.

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Create Arrangements Like A Pro Using Artificial Flower Stems [VIDEO]

Flower stems are quite literally the foundation of any artificial flower arrangement, as they are the ones that hold up our beloved blooms. That being said, their role is not only limited to support — there are ways that you can decorate with floral stems to create a stunning display for your home.

Stems and artificial flower arrangement

The video above is an excellent start to knowing how best to prop up your faux florals, but there are also a variety of ways you can play around them in order to make even the barest of arrangements into an impressive statement. Here are a few:

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Appetizing Arrays of Africa, Asia, and Australia

Continuing our journey in learning about holiday traditions and discovering various Christmas offerings across countries, this time we travel to both the largest and smallest continents in the world. Home to diverse cultures and history, the continents of Africa, Asia, and Australia offer some of the planet’s best in both festivities and food.

Christmas Meals around the World with Balsam Hill

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Latin American Cuisine: Memorable Meals from Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, and Peru

In the last installments of Balsam Hill’s Festive Christmas Feasts from Around the World series, you were introduced to many delectable dishes you can taste this Christmas.

Today we will be showcasing Christmas dinners in Latin America that will send your taste buds on an adventure of exotic flavors from Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, and Peru. Read This Entry