Parties

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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Recipe: Bridal Shower Sangria — Recipes from The Kitchn

(Image credit: Christine Han)

Wedding season is just as much bridal shower season, which means in between the actual weddings you're attending, you may have a few showers to pop into to celebrate the bride-to-be. If this is the year you're finally hosting one for your sister or your best friend, you may be sweating a bit. How do you pull this thing off? Well, you need a winning menu that's easy and fun, and a killer cocktail. Here's that cocktail — it's bubbly, floral, and fruity, and comes together in one big pitcher in a flash. That means more drinking and less assembling, which is a good thing at such a festive occasion.

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5 Ways to Get Party Guests Out of the Kitchen — Ready for Company

No matter how small your kitchen happens to be, people always end up hanging out in there during parties. Bummer, right? It leaves you wondering if you should have skipped cleaning every other room of your house and just focused on cooking the food instead.

The problem, of course, is that it can become a logistical issue for you if you're trying to get stuff done and people are all sorts of in the way. Here's how to give your well-meaning guests the boot.

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The Best (and Cheapest) Way to Keep Track of Drinks at a Cocktail Party — Birthday Cocktail Party

Whenever my mom sets up for a party, she always leaves a Sharpie marker next to a stack of plastic cups and the ice bucket. "This way, people can write their names on their cups," she'd tell me when I was a kid, as if I hadn't seen her do it a million times. Or as if she didn't make me and my brother put our names on our cups even when we weren't entertaining.

I used to hate it! Mostly because I thought it looked kinda cheesy. (But also because my handwriting was terrible and it almost always looked like I was drinking out of Hisa's cup. What? Fancy Ls are hard!)

Now I totally understand the need for a drink marker system, but I've found a better way.

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The Last-Minute, Gluten-Free, No-Bake Dessert That You’ll Bring to Every Party — 10-Minute, 10-Dollar Desserts

(Image credit: Kelli Foster)

Never know what to bring to that party your ex-whatever is throwing? Need to impress your sweet-yet-sour mother-in-law? Totally forgot your kid needs a dessert for the school bake sale? Completely out of time but not trying to show up empty-handed to that event? This dessert takes only four ingredients and 10 minutes to assemble — and it'll only cost you $10.

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The Last-Minute, Gluten-Free, No-Bake Dessert That You’ll Bring to Every Party — 10-Minute, 10-Dollar Desserts

(Image credit: Kelli Foster)

Never know what to bring to that party your ex-whatever is throwing? Need to impress your sweet-yet-sour mother-in-law? Totally forgot your kid needs a dessert for the school bake sale? Completely out of time but not trying to show up empty-handed to that event? This dessert takes only four ingredients and 10 minutes to assemble — and it'll only cost you $10.

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