Nibbles & Bites: The Party’s Over

Put down that calendar! Before you plan your next party, how about spending some time going over the one that just finished to see what worked, what didn’t and what could have been better. The Guests Look back over your guest list, this time concentrating on the ones who came. Did anyone make a fool of them-self, cause a problem or generally show themselves as an ungrateful boor? This is especially helpful when evaluating new members of your guest book so you know who not to invite in the future. More than the obvious offenders, were there more subtle clues
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Nibbles & Bites: the RSVP

Répondez s’il vous plaît. Please respond. Such a simple concept but something that is so often overlooked. RSVP, whether placed as corner copy on a larger invitation or as a separate response card intended to be returned by mail, is a simple request that your guests let you, as host[ess], know who will attend and won’t. Depending on the type of party, this information can be crucial to both planning and the budget. For my parties, if it has a printed invitation, it has RSVP information included. The less formal a get-together the less I need a for-sure head count
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Nibbles & Bites: The Guest List

I love to entertain and I take my job as hostess very seriously, trying to put together the best possible experience for my guests with each occasion. But after a theme and date are chosen and before much of anything else can be done, I have to create the guest list that will be a perfect fit for my party. Now, you might be thinking, what’s the big deal: invite your friends and be done with it. Sure, for some events that’s totally acceptable and will result in a wonderful party. Sometimes, though, you might need to be a bit
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Healthy Labor Day Dining

When I was a kid, I used to dread Labor Day because it meant that summer was over and school was starting. These days I welcome Labor Day because now that I live in Arizona, I am more than ready for summer to be over (school started mid August) and for the weather to cool down. Labor Day is a chance for people to take advantage of an extended weekend. That could include some entertaining or being entertained. September is a great month to take advantage of the end of summer harvest and eat fresh and seasonally. Your mileage may vary as
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