Parties

A Backyard S’mores Party — Gatherings from The Kitchn

I threw a backyard s'mores party for my sister's birthday and, years later, we're all still talking about it. We aimed for a simple yet pretty outdoor party, with little stress and preparation because who needs that, especially on a birthday?

We launched our Gatherings from Kitchn series a few years ago to bring you party ideas that are fun and gracious and yet always accessible in budget and details. This s'mores fête turned out to be our easiest party yet — with almost no cooking ahead, and just a few hours of setup. Want to see how we transformed the backyard and threw our S'moresgasbord for a crowd of 20?

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The One Thing You Should Get Right for an Epic Pool Party — Birthday of the Month

We've waited all year for pool party season to arrive, and it's finally here. Sure, pool parties are terrific if you're celebrating a birthday or holiday, but sometimes you don't even need a reason — it's just fun to get your loved ones (of all ages!) in the pool to soak up some sun.

Whether you're splashing around a public pool or lounging in a private backyard, you don't need much money or time to throw a truly epic pool party. As long as you give a little forethought into how the party will go, you really just need to do one major thing.

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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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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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