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You May Be Organizing Your Spices All Wrong — Organizing Tips from Kitchn

When I picture my dream spice cabinet, it's an orderly space with identical, labeled spice canisters lined up neatly in rows. It's the picture of Type-A organization, whether those canisters are clear cylinders with little metal lids, square plastic bins with shaker tops, or country-inspired mini Mason jars. The point is, they all match and line up perfectly. But shockingly, when I reached out to some organizing pros to confirm that this is the clearly the best way to organize your spices, they unilaterally shut me down.

Turns out, my spice organizing goals have been all wrong.


The Sweetest, Most Surprising Way to Build a Better Party Playlist — The Rustic Bridal Shower

Building a playlist for a party is hard. How do you know what songs to pick? What if people don't share your same affinity for Jewel? Sure, you could put on a Pandora station and let it go, but you never know what you're gonna get that way.

The key to building a successful playlist for a bridal shower, bachelorette party, or really anything with a guest of honor is to let the other guests do the work.

Hear me out.


A Genius Cocktail Tip for Parents on Vacation — Family Vacation

When you're traveling with kids, you're at the whim of little-people schedules. Days revolve around meal times and activities that allow the kids to run around and burn off energy. By the time your mini-mes (finally!) nod off, you're probably ready for some grown-up time — and by grown-up time, I mean nice, cold cocktail time. The day is done, it's time to relax, and that drink is your oh-so-deserved reward.

But, here's the dilemma: How can you enjoy a proper cocktail while still keeping an eye (and ear) on the little ones?


You Probably Already Own the Perfect Wine Chiller — Party Tricks

The party problem: You want to take a bottle of white or rosé outside with you, but you don't have a wine chiller and you're worried the vino will get warm.

The party trick: Look to your kitchen to save the day. See that crock that's holding all your wooden spoons and silicone spatulas? Chances are, it's the perfect size and shape to hold a bottle of wine and a bit of ice.


5 Ways to Get Away with Potato Chips at a Fancy Party — Everyday Fancy

Potato chips are usually subjected to being served alongside sandwiches or eaten by the bagful at pool parties, but they actually can be one heck of a fancy snack to feature at your party — so much so that I guarantee guests will be raving about them. All the chips need are these five quick and easy upgrades.


6 Tips for Creating a Group Recipe Book — The Spring Bridal Shower

What do you get someone who loves to cook but already has all the gadgets and gizmos she could possibly need? How about a handmade cookbook that contains recipes and anecdotes from all her friends and loved ones?

It's a great gift for milestone birthdays, going-away parties, and especially bridal showers (it's been known to bring so many tears!). "I don't think I received a more thoughtful or practical gift," says Emily, a recent bride from Michigan.

To make one, all you have to do is contact your fellow party guests and ask them to submit a favorite recipe, then print the recipes and tape or insert them into a recipe book or binder.

Although it's a tough gift to mess up, here are some things I've learned while doing this for multiple bridal showers.


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