Power Ranking Children’s Birthday Parties

This past weekend, our daughter turned six. Because that’s a big thing, we decided to let her have a “proper” party, which meant inviting almost all kids from her class, plus some out-of-school friends. As far as birthday parties go, things went surprisingly well.

Morbid Curiosity

Morbid Curiosity: Melty Wonders

One would think that finding an appropriate Halloween-themed recipe in a vast collection of old cookbooks would be easy. But you’d be wrong. Judging by the cookbooks, I’ve come to believe that the only themes that were allowed for costume parties in mid-century North America were “Boredom” and “Blatant Racism.” 

Pop Culture

It’s Party Time!

I’ve always liked Dina Manzo, formerly of the Real Housewives of New Jersey and now star of her own HGTV show, Dina’s Party. She always seems so calm, regardless of what is going on in her life. That’s why she’s the perfect host of a party planning show; you need someone who is serene in […]

LadyGhosts of TV Past

My So-Called Life: Moms

There was a LOT going on in this week’s episode. There were two parallel themes: parties and moms.


Holiday Hosting – The Basics

I thought I’d write a few posts over the next week or two about hosting and attending holiday parties. This time of year, people’s calendars (and stomachs) fill up with one party after another. (I personally tend to lose track of dates and locations, and during the month of December I wish more than ever […]


I turn my camera off

I used to roll my eyes at the women who would giggle and scream and put their hands in front of their faces whenever anyone brought out a camera at any type of gathering.  That was before yesterday when I fell on my FACE on my way to a get-together.  I arrived scraped, bruised, and […]


Hostessing with the Mostessing

Throwing parties is the best. I started off my adult life with no hostessing skills at all beyond muttering “keg’s on the back porch.” But after learning from a few missteps and reading up a bit on hospitality, I think I’ve started to get the hang of it. While I have learned to love smaller […]