Entertaining Tips

It wasn’t so very long ago that entertaining was something everyone did, and everyone did well. Frequent dinner and cocktail parties were the norm; the average person knew how to dress, how to act and what to do at a party. These skills were passed on from mother to daughter as part of homemaking training. Today, entertaining is something that can be very new, scary and overwhelming for most people - but it doesn’t have to be.

Casual get-togethers and formal events alike can become easy when you rely on the knowledge of our experienced writers. They have fantastic entertaining skills and the know-how that they’re willing to share. Event planning is so much nicer when you have all of the information you need to get the job done. Whether you’re throwing a luau, a cocktail party, a children’s event, a formal gala, or anything in between, our party planning tips will give you the confidence and knowledge you need to create the perfect event.

Our entertaining ideas aren’t just for parties, either. We have tips for starting a book club or other weekly gatherings, how to order take out or pizza, storing all of those party leftovers, shopping for and prepping party foods, great party ideas, phone and email etiquette, working around food allergies, entertaining in small spaces, and much, much more.

Let us help you perfect your party planning, hosting and attending skills. Your friends and family will be impressed and you can be proud of all you’ve accomplished.

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  • How To Make a Homemade Cook Book

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