Formal Dinner Party Table SettingHow To Lay A Table For A Formal Dinner Party

If you are planning on hosting a formal dinner party, it is important that your table is laid correctly and that you have the correct cutlery for each course.  Consider what your menu will be and then you can plan your table.

Dessert PartyTips to Host and Organize a Dessert Party

Who does not love a dessert party, right? Almost everyone you know including your family, friends, and of course, yourself are all dessert addicts that you deem it's the perfect way to celebrate the upcoming occasion that's very important for you. It may be a birthday, bridal shower, baptism, or anniversary — whatever it is, a dessert party is always a hit among people with a sweet tooth. To ensure that you prepare a veritable feast for your guests, here are some wonderful tips and ideas on how to host and organize a dessert party.

New Years Eve Family PartyNew Years Eve Party Ideas for Family Parties

New Years Eve is always an exciting night so I thought I would give you a couple of New Years Eve party ideas for amily parties.  As I mentioned on Martha Stewart Living radio yesterday, with the current economic climate continually changing, we now, more than ever, are examining our spending habits with more care and consideration.  Therefore, this New Years Eve, make it a family celebration and include the entire family when entertaining with your friends. New Years Eve party ideas include having friends over for a potluck dinner and for your guests to enjoy and participate in, Guess Whose Baby Picture and family favorite board games could serve as the evening's entertainment for a family celebration.

Tips For A Perfect Beach Wedding

Beach Wedding AdviceAfter watching 3 separate beach weddings occur in one day, it dawned on me that there are many things that brides simply don't think about.  I won't go into detail about the basic wedding elements such as food to serve, seating arrangements and items like that, but these are things that you may not have considered for beach weddings in particular.

Bride Tide

One of the tricks to holding a beach wedding is timing it properly with the tides.  It will make the difference as to whether you'll hold the wedding on tight packed wet sand or the soft white sand of the dunes.  Consider the tide tables and make note of when the tide is normally in or out for the particular beach where you'll be holding your wedding.  While there is normally a lot of variance from day to day, there is some consistency that you can base your service around.

A Well Set Table

By Kathy Hester

Black Table SettingSetting the scene for a wonderful dinner is worth the effort. A welcoming table is one of the keys to a relaxing, enjoyable dinner. Of course, the food plays a big part too - but you already know that.

If you have a beautiful natural wood table you can forgo a tablecloth and use place mats instead. I always use Noritake china because it creates such an elegant table all on its own. Don't under estimate the presence of a perfectly folded napkin. Personally, I prefer it on the base plate rather than in a wine or water glass. I find it can be awkward for both the server and the guest if it is in the glass.