This is where the party starts: The Menuism Hosting and Entertaining Blog. Get great ideas for theme parties, small gatherings, and creative get-togethers. Whatever the occasion, you'll throw a great bash. Explore our latest entertaining posts below, and be sure to check out earlier articles such as How to Throw a TV Series Theme Party, 10 Tips for Entertaining in Small Spaces, and Hosting a Stress-Free Thanksgiving.
Photo by Rachael White

Photo by Rachael White

Ice cream socials remind me of the last day of school. On more than one occasion, my elementary school class would celebrate the end of the year with scoops of vanilla and chocolate ice cream topped with a pillow of whipped cream and dotted with rainbow sprinkles. It was always such a special treat. The bad news? Not many people throw ice cream socials now that we’re all grown up. The good news? You can change that with these fun, adult ideas for throwing your very own ice cream social at home. So grab a spoon and get ready for a carefree summer celebration! (more…)

Posted by on June 27th, 2013

Photo by Rachael White

Photo by Rachael White

Do you ever find yourself completely stressing out the night before house guests arrive for the weekend? There’s a laundry list of things to do, aside from the actual laundry, and not enough time to finish it all. We’ve all been there. I love it when friends and family come to visit us for a few days, but between planning meals and daily activities to cleaning the house from top to bottom, it can also be the most stressful experience imaginable.

A few of the things I’ve learned, as with many things in life, involve planning ahead. From homemade meals to little flourishes to add to your guest room, I’ve got the checklist you need to be the best host for weekend house guests! (more…)

Posted by on April 4th, 2013

Photo by Rachael White

Photo by Rachael White

Entertaining can be a daunting task. There are the obvious tasks, like invitations to extend and food to prepare. Another important detail is setting the table — not just putting out plates, glasses and flatware, but setting each place properly. Whether you are hosting a formal dinner party or something more casual, these rules will help you to set a lovely canvas for a delicious meal. (more…)

Posted by on February 5th, 2013

The Spicy Lemon Cocktail. Photo by Rachael White

The holiday season seems to sneak up without warning, doesn’t it? Even though we know that it happens at the same time every year, life gets busy and time flies by, leaving us wondering how we’ll get everything accomplished. This can be especially stressful if you host any kind of holiday gathering. If you plan to entertain this holiday season, now is the time to start planning. By chipping away at your list a little bit each day, you’ll be able to pull off a beautifully homemade holiday party with minimal stress. Just follow the timeline, tips, and recipes below to get a head start! (more…)

Posted by on November 19th, 2012

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The simplest, most humble and perhaps under-appreciated ingredient in kitchens around the world is salt. A pinch can transform a dish, bringing depth of flavor to what would otherwise be bland and boring. It can be surprisingly easy to take such a simple substance for granted, ignoring the fact that it goes beyond the typical salt shaker coming from exotic places like Salta, Argentina and Hokkaido, Japan. Salt comes in different colors, sizes, and flavors that are exciting to explore. As with wine, salt can be paired with food to showcase its unique flavors making it the perfect theme for your next party. Here are some ideas to increase your salt knowledge and get your own salt tasting party underway. (more…)

Posted by on October 24th, 2012

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The time-honored practice of canning is a wonderful way to preserve delicious, seasonal foods at their peak. Whether you’re a seasoned canner or a newbie in training, a great way to inspire your friends and motivate yourself to stock up on fresh fruits and vegetables to enjoy all year is to host a canning party. Rather than canning during the party, have guests bring something they have already canned. This helps to create a beautiful spread of a variety of seasonal foods any time of year. The key is to plan far enough in advance that everyone has time to prepare. Follow the tips and timeline below to throw a successful canning party to bring a little breath of summer any time of year. (more…)

Posted by on September 11th, 2012

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Summer is in full swing and that means barbecues all across the country are being lit to produce some beautiful food. While it can be easy to fall back on the typical hamburgers, hot dogs, and brats, this is a great time of year to explore more interesting ways to put your grill to work and use it as a central entertaining piece. From Argentina to Japan, countries across the globe provide the inspiration needed to host a fantastic BBQ party with delicious eats. Here are a few tips to make your next BBQ a success! (more…)

Posted by on August 7th, 2012

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May 5th marks the 138th Kentucky Derby run — an event steeped in glamour and tradition. The highly anticipated horseracing event takes place in Kentucky’s Churchill Downs racetrack and is preceded by a week-long itinerary of derby-themed festivities. The longstanding tradition of donning fancy sun hats to Derby Day has secured the event’s reputation as a chic, high-class event, attracting both fashionistas and wealthy bidders from around the world. Beyond the frills and bowties, a well-established menu of Southern classics adds to the time-honored Derby customs. The refreshing mint julep and the hearty burgoo stew are among the most popular items on any Kentucky Derby menu, adored by many derby fans alike. Come revel in the spirit of the South and read about the traditional derby favorites that have stood the test of time. (more…)

Posted by on May 4th, 2012

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It may seem like a small task, but bringing a hostess gift is often easier said than done. The token bottle of wine or bouquet of flowers can only be done so many times before it seems like a lazy excuse. In the midst of our busy lives, it is difficult to brainstorm creative and meaningful gifts for the gracious hosts of parties, brunch, overnight stays, etc. Here are a few tips and ideas to help you bring a gift that your hostess will appreciate. (more…)

Posted by on May 3rd, 2012

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Spring is full of so much beauty; the tulips peaking through the dirt and the fresh rainfalls bring a feeling of renewal. This is reason alone to celebrate, and hosting an elegant, simple brunch seems like the perfect solution. From food and drinks to decorations, hosting a spring brunch is a wonderful way to greet the changing season. The great thing about hosting a brunch is that it can be as laid back and casual or as elegant as you like. The tips below are a happy medium. The dishes suggested are low-maintenance but deviate from the standard casserole-themed spread. (more…)

Posted by on March 29th, 2012

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