The Dandelion Patch

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Heidi's Picks for May 25th

Not too hot, not too cold! 'Tis the perfect season to do a little outdoor entertaining. This week my picks are centered around hosting that wonderful, casual party for good friends.

I love nothing better than serving up a great party with a fabulous theme. These bright blue glass platters make fantastic serving pieces and an even better conversation starter. Throw on some of the season's best steamed crabs, add a dash of Old Bay, several husks of fresh corn on the cob, a bucket of cold beer ad you have an instant party (Eastern shore not included)! Don't forget the bibs and wet wipes!

Too "crabby" to get the party started? Try adding some inexpensive comedy! These witty cocktail napkins are guaranteed to turn up the laughter track on any gathering. From hilarious quotes like "Without family, alcohol wouldn't be necessary," and "I don't repeat gossip, so listen carefully," your guests will remember your funny quips all the way home - or at least to the bathroom.

And just in case you weren't born with a Ph.D in party-planning, Anna Post and her sister Lizzie Post (yes, great-granddaughters of the Manners Maven herself, Emily Post) just released their new Great Get-Togethers book that is a "bible" for anyone who entertains. From what foods to serve (and not to serve) at which parties, how to be a guest at your own party and a whole host of etiquette questions and answers - this book is a must-read for any modern woman. Ever asked yourself if you have to pour the wine that is brought as a hostess gift? Have you found yourself perplexed on how to politely get lingering guests out the door? Well then, this book has your answers! (You didn't think I was going to tell you, did you?)

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