When the party's on the line, check out our on-the-spot answers for your last-minute questions.
Serving bite-sized treats doesn't have to mean spending big bucks. When browsing recipes, keep an eye on ingredients. Even if a recipe only calls for a handful, if they're all specialty items, the price will add up quickly.
If your recipe calls for using greased and floured pans, make sure that you cover the pan completely in shortening or butter and then coat thoroughly with the flour. You can also cut a piece of parchment paper to fit into the bottom of the pan to help keep the cake from sticking.
Yes, although you won't get quite the same rich flavor that a vanilla bean provides. You can use 1 tablespoon vanilla extract in place of a 6-inch vanilla bean.
One classy idea is to serve trays of a signature cocktail rather than having an open bar. Pick a sophisticated or fun cocktail, depending on the mood of your party, and then have a few soft drinks or lemon-herb water on hand, such as Herb-infused Spa Water as alternatives.
There are a number of non-alcoholic wines available in supermarkets, as well as some sparkling fruit juices that are always a festive choice. You can also serve a signature drink, such as a festive fruit tea, in lieu of alcoholic beverages.
Trick your guests into thinking that your party is from-scratch when really it's more container-fresh. Plate them on colorful platters and hide the takeout containers. When your guests rave about your delectable egg rolls, the choice if yours: spill the beans or keep the secret and smile sweetly.
Yes! Save your sanity with dishes and desserts that freeze beautifully. We've got your how-to guide for make-ahead party planning, so set the date and get cooking this weekend. Just make sure to clean out your freezer first.
It's easy to get bogged down by non-essential bar items (cute coasters, anyone?) when you go shopping, so browse our bar guide for tips on stocking the bar. From fruit garnishes to mixers and, yes, even coasters, we've got you covered. Make it even more simple by following our Stock the Bar Shopping List.