Entertaining & Gathering

7 Cool Treats That Are Better than Birthday Cakes — Birthdays

It's hard to beat a traditional birthday cake. Unless it's an ice cream cake. Or really anything with ice cream, sorbet, or frozen yogurt — especially when you're celebrating a birthday in the summer. If someone you love happens to be turning another year older in the next couple of months, consider making them one of these cool treats.

Yes, it's hard to put candles in some of these, but remember — you'll probably be outside, and sparklers exist for a reason!

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How I Pulled Off My First Adult Dinner Party (on a 20-Something Budget) — Life in the Kitchen

I've always been in love with the idea of hosting dinner parties. My mother used to host game nights at our house when I was a kid, and she'd also throw parties for milestones throughout the year. As a 20-something adult, I've loved venturing into the playful, well-appointed world of hosting. But working with a tight budget, mismatched flatware (I know we have another fork somewhere around here), and small spaces means the way you go about it looks a little differently.

Here's the thing: That's OK.

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5 Tips for Cooking Iftar for a Crowd — An American Ramadan

Ramadan is a time for reflection, prayer, growth and charity. It is also a time for gathering with family, friends and neighbors for iftar, the end of fast meal at sunset. It can be challenging to prepare an elaborate dinner while feeling the fatigue of fasting, but with these tips you'll have all you need to host an iftar without a hitch.

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7 Ideas to Steal from Restaurant Patios — Patio Perfection

If you're anything like us, you're probably guilty of snapping a few decor inspo pics any time you eat out at a restaurant. And who could blame you? City or suburbs, our favorite spots are often packed with gorgeous tiles, inspiring bar setups, and the coolest furniture out there, so there's plenty to love.

As the weather warms up, we're turning our discerning eye outdoors, rounding up some of the hottest al fresco patios that are packed with stylish ideas perfect for your own home this summer.

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3 Easy Ways to DIY a Backyard Fire Pit — Around the Fire Pit

We've already gone on the record in favor of fire pits, and we'll say it again: They're the ultimate way to entertain in the summer (and even into the fall!). You can buy a ready-made freestanding fire pit, or dig a hole and stack a bunch of pavers yourself. Or you can try one of these super-easy DIY projects.

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The Dos and Don’ts of a DIY Wedding — Homemade Weddings

You're getting married! (Yay!) And we bet you're seeing dollar signs. (Boo!) While you may be thinking about saving yourself some money by embracing the DIY wedding trend, you need to be realistic about the things you can actually make yourself — especially if you're not very crafty to begin with.

Here's a primer on how to save some money and your sanity.

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