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Special Occasion Dishes and Table Linens

Special Occasion Dishes and Table Linens

We've curated some of our favorite fine dishes and table linens  — from classic and elegant to modern and rustic  — that you can pull out for special occasions. There's a time and place for the good stuff, whether it's a winter holiday or a random weekend when you entertain guests and want to make it special. That time is coming. READ MORE

Guide: Host a Gingerbread House-Building Party

Guide: Host a Gingerbread House-Building Party

Build a house for the holidays. An edible house. But make it so ridiculously charming and sweet (literally as well as figuratively), that you won't want to mess it up by eating it. Even better, invite some friends, family, or kids over and host a gingerbread house-building party to get everyone in the Christmas mood. But be warned: Your home will be a construction site, so you need some drawings, specifications, and well, a plan. READ MORE

How to Host a Hanukkah Potluck

How to Host a Hanukkah Potluck

You aren't going to make huge, festive dinners for all eight nights of Hanukkah. It's just not going to happen. Potlucks keep it casual, and you sane. READ MORE

Herbs and Other Ingredients Perfect for Decorating Your Christmas Table

Herbs and Other Ingredients Perfect for Decorating Your Christmas Table

Christmas is the time of year rampant with too much spending and too much wasting. Let's stop that, for our budget's sake and the earth's benefit. Anyone planning a big Christmas brunch, lunch, or dinner will want some kind of centerpiece for the table. But you don't have to go out and buy yet another item that will wilt in a week or go into storage for 11 months. READ MORE

Plan Your Hanukkah Decor and Tablescapes — Tastefully

Plan Your Hanukkah Decor and Tablescapes — Tastefully

Don't overdo it. That's the lesson to remember most when planning special dinners for any of the eight days of Hanukkah (or Hanukah/Chanukah; they're all correct). READ MORE

Your Guide to Entertaining with Cheese

Your Guide to Entertaining with Cheese

You said you wouldn't do it this time. You promised yourself the cooking will be done by the time your holiday guests arrive so you can relax and focus on them. Yet there you are again, scrambling in the kitchen like a whirling Tasmanian devil, and you haven't even changed into your nice clothes. We have the solution, and it is cheese. This lovely substance solves all problems. READ MORE

Cooking Novice? Thanksgiving for Beginners Guide

Cooking Novice? Thanksgiving for Beginners Guide

Easy recipes with maximum flavor. READ MORE

Holiday Glassware Guide: The Essential Wine Glasses for Holiday Entertaining

Holiday Glassware Guide: The Essential Wine Glasses for Holiday Entertaining

When it comes to wine, the vessel matters. Consider your glassware when planning your Thanksgiving and winter holiday meals. If you have a set of Riedel stemware for each varietal — bravo.  If not, stock up on a few essential glasses, focusing on red, white, bubbly, and possibly dessert wines too. The more casual oenophile can invest in some good all-purpose wine glasses, but make sure you have a dozen of them. Tell your guests to bring their favorite bottles of wine, provide a couple of your own favorites, pop that cork, pour, and salud! It's the holidays. Let the wine and conversation flow freely. READ MORE

Keeping It Real: How Far Should You Go to Accommodate Thanksgiving Guests?

Keeping It Real: How Far Should You Go to Accommodate Thanksgiving Guests?

I hit snooze on my phone this morning, half dreaming of auburn leaves falling to the sidewalk. Somewhere along the way — and I’m not quite sure when it happened — fall arrived. We’re currently in the golden era, where the light is all honey sugar and the air is all bourbon maple. READ MORE

Best Gifts to Bring to Your Thanksgiving Host/Hostess’ Home

Best Gifts to Bring to Your Thanksgiving Host/Hostess’ Home

You've scored an invitation to Thanksgiving dinner. So what's the etiquette as a guest? Besides arriving on time (or within an acceptable window of time if you know how they roll), there's another factor that makes itself apparent as soon as you ring the doorbell: the host or hostess gift. Please don't arrive empty handed. Your hosts have spent a lot of time and effort planning this dinner and probably a bunch of money. And let's avoid causing more stress than joy with your gift. READ MORE