Category Archives: Entertaining

A Tip for Entertaining

As the air turns crisp, many people’s minds tend toward entertaining. Hosting the holiday feast can be great fun, but anyone who has done it knows that it can be stressful. One of the best ways to ease the tension (and the workload) of being the host/hostess is to delegate. Some duties are small enough

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Jumpstart Holidays… October

The secret to a smooth holiday season is starting early…. as in starting now, in October. This may seem ridiculous, but by knocking off some of the time-insensitive tasks, you can significantly lessen the stress that November and December can bring. To get a jumpstart, use the next couple of weeks to: Discuss holiday plans

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The Big Event

Big events – weddings, family reunions, graduations – are fun. Family and friends come together to be together and celebrate. At the same time, for the host, big events can be stressful. Even with a lot of advance planning, the host is always the one burdened by last minute questions and emergencies. While there is

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Coping With Misadventure

Recently, my family flew to an island for a vacation getaway. We had worked hard to book a nice place, spent a lot of money, and lost sleep to get there. As you can guess by the title of the post, it didn’t go as smoothly as we had anticipated. One of our bags was

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Organizing for Houseguests

Having friends and family come for the holidays can be a great source of joy. It can also be a busy time, when the “to do” list is long. If you are expecting company, keep these tips in mind to ensure a smooth visit: Communicate Pre-Arrival Many uncomfortable moments can be avoided by touching base

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