Entertaining

Image via Remodelista Let’s face it — hosting Thanksgiving is no walk in the park. It requires meticulous planning, preparing an entire buffet’s worth of food, and allowing hordes of guests into your home to eat, drink, and be merry. If you’re not careful, your Thanksgiving festivities can easily turn into a series of food and design disasters. So to help you avoid any meal-making mishaps, we’ve created a week-by-week checklist that will guarantee you’ve got all your grounds covered. We’ve made your list and now it’s your job to

Joy Wilson may have lived in LA, Miami, Vermont and Seattle, but her new adopted home of New Orleans is most certainly her spirit city. Irreverent and revelatory, bold and bawdy and come-as-you-are entertaining, it’s the perfect match for the blogger and cookbook author, known to her fans as Joy the Baker. “Living in New Orleans is like living in a different world. It’s magical, it’s joyous, the pace is much slower, and we’ll celebrate anything, everything, all the time,” she says. Joy bought an early 1900s double shotgun home

Photo via Valencia Lounge Hostel The end of summer may mark the official end of vacation season. But that’s not stopping us from doing some serious fall trip planning (or at least daydreaming!). Thankfully, well-designed hotels don’t have to break the bank. From a boho beauty in Nicaragua to a Sin City glamour den, these are our picks for the world’s most stylishly affordable stays. Graduate Tempe   Tempe, AZ From $143 College campuses may not be synonymous with stylish design, but the super hip new Graduate Hotels chain is aiming to change

Image via Audrey Crewe It’s time to raise a stein (or four) to celebrate National Beer Day. And these days there’s even more to celebrate, since beer bars from sea to shining sea are seriously upping their style game. From a Scandi-chic tasting room in Brooklyn to a Deco stunner in LA, these are the USA’s most stylish beer bars. Angel City Brewery Los Angeles, CA Housed in a 100-year-old warehouse (where the suspension cables for the Brooklyn and Golden Gate bridges were both produced), Angel City Brewery has serious design cred with

Remember piling into the back of the family car, snacks in hand, and heading to an open field for a drive-in movie? Sure, IMAX and 3D films are cool and all, but nothing beats a flick under the stars. To celebrate our two true loves, design and entertaining, we teamed up with experience delivery service Joymode to cross yet another item off of our #summerbucketlist: hosting a backyard movie screening. So break out the popcorn and dust off the old DVD, because we’re sharing our tips on the ultimate al fresco movie experience. Tip #1: Select the ideal backdrop First things first, decide where to

There’s no better way to embrace the great outdoors than to sleep there. But you’ve gotta contend with finding a campsite, schlepping your gear, cooking your chow. If you want nature with a side of creature comforts, we’d suggest sticking close to home, like really close to home. For today’s installment of our Summer Bucket List, we put together this guide to glamping in your own backyard! Video: See our glamping set-up come to life! Pitch a tent (or a teepee! Or a yurt!) The more comfortable the structure, the more you’ll use

As much as we love breaking out the fine china and throwing a fancy shindig, summer is for laidback chill time. We wanna be able to check the weather report, text some friends, and set up a party in an hour flat. So we tapped our event planner, Olivia Wetterau, for tips for throwing a bash without breaking a sweat. This is your guide to the ultimate impromptu dinner party. Tip #1: Keep the food simple and the oven off You can shop for and prep a pretty sweet spread in under an hour

Image from JULIA REED’S SOUTH: Spirited Entertaining and High-Style Fun All Year Long © Paul Costello She’s hosted picnics on Mississippi River sandbars and dinner parties on hundred acre plantations. She’s served everything from buckets of fried chicken to lamb bourguignon and scalloped oysters. When she’s not throwing an unforgettable soiree or preparing the best blackberry cobbler you’ve ever tasted, she’s writing about it. Julia Reed is Southern Hospitality. In her new book, Julia Reed’s South: Spirited Entertaining and High-Style Fun All Year Long, Reed opens up her hospitality playbook, sharing stories, recipes

In the summertime, drinking outdoors is an art. And we’re here to help you master it, along with all of the other warm weather activities on our Summer Bucket List (you can print the list here). Each time you complete a goal, check it off and by the end of the summer, you’ll be an ice cream expert, a pool party connoisseur, a professional picnicker, a mixology master, and more. But, back to the bar! Whether you’re having people over for after-work drinks or you’re simply relaxing outside on a sunny

Summer in the city – a time when nearly everything is best done outdoors, from concerts in the park to al fresco movies, sidewalk brunches to balcony dinner parties. But let us not forget our favorite hot weather activity: rooftop happy hour. Among the many rituals of urban life, hitting a sky-high bar after work is the ultimate way to take advantage of the evening’s golden hours. From LA to Chicago, these high-altitude escapes serve up intoxicating sunset views alongside some serious style game. Whether you prefer to sip sangria poolside or down a

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