Cobbling together a last-minute Fourth of July party doesn't have to be hard. The easiest way to throw a last-minute party is always to host a potluck/BYOB shindig.
This is Offbeat Home's archive of Entertaining posts.
These posts cover all the ephemera of having people in your offbeat home.
My in-laws recently decided to stop drinking, and they're healthy and happy with the choice. However, I'm in a spot when it comes to an upcoming family party: I've never hosted non-drinkers. How do I gracefully support their choice without making them feel excluded or singled out?
This year I turned 31, and I wanted to do something special. So I planned to host a 5K run for my birthday at my house. I wanted to run 3.1 miles with my friends and family. Here's how I did it…
Remember going on long road trips, and being super bored, until Mom whipped out those auto-bingo cards to shut you up? Well, now there's something kinda like that for adults to play, in case you're getting bored, during the Oscars!
For my daughter Em's second birthday we decided to go with a monsters and superhero theme. Em loves monsters and I really love the idea and concept of celebrating the primal animal creature that is generally outcast by society and misunderstood for its difference. Our family celebrates difference, so why not celebrate monsters? I also was super excited to celebrate and make room for the toddlers exploration of the "hero" archetype. We all have our own particular super strengths and I'm all for advocating the idea that we are all our own hero.
We have two bathrooms — both of which are equidistant from main gathering areas (kitchen and living room). Although both bathrooms are equally awesome, for some reason guests tend to head to the bathroom that we use! I would really prefer it if our bathroom stays off limits. How do I politely or subtly let guests know which bathroom I prefer them to use?
I got this fancy idea in my head that I should throw myself a Game of Thrones birthday party, simply because I love the show and have been listening to the books NON STOP for weeks and weeks now. The endless descriptions of all the succulent food featured in the novels was driving me nuts. So I made a fire, invited over the masses, and had a feast. Here's how I pulled it off…