Entertaining in Style

Entertaining in Style

The key to hosting a memorable gathering -- it’s all about these details. Set the scene with these essential décor tips and clever theme ideas with easy-to follow how-to’s to make it happen. Plus, a menu of crowd-pleasing recipes with something for every occasion.

Entertaining in Style
  • Roasted Peri Peri Chicken & Veggies

    Heather’s turning up the heat with her flavorful lemon roasted peri peri chicken with broccolini and crispy potatoes. A colorful array of sweet bell peppers and the heat of habaneros make this plate-topping peri peri sauce delectably sweet, sour, salty and spicy. Bonus: Find out which natural ing...

  • DIY Margarita Bar

    Claire Thomas from the Kitchy Kitchen serves up a win-win solution for hosting a party without having to serve double-duty as your own bartender: a DIY margarita bar! Yes, you can be the hostess with the mostess and let the bar tend itself. Claire shares three of her favorite margarita recipes th...

  • Grilled Chicken with Chimichurri Sauce

    Beth shares her favorite recipe for summer entertaining; grilled chicken chimichurri.

    Serves 6-8

    8 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
    1 cup (240 ml) red wine vinegar
    1/2 cup (120 ml) grapeseed oil
    3 tsp (45 ml) grain mustard
    1 tbsp (15 ml) Worc...

  • Southern Chic Backyard Barbecue

    Lifestyle blogger Caroline Harper Knapp takes her backyard barbecues seriously. Born and raised in Houston, Texas, where barbecues are practically a rite of passage, Caroline has perfected the art of the outdoor cookout. Her mouthwatering menu of southern-inspired dishes, in-season fruits and veg...

  • Perfectly Roasted Potatoes

    Beth's foolproof tips for achieving perfectly roasted potatoes every single time!

    1 1/2 lbs (680 g) of small Yukon gold or "Dutch Potatoes"
    3 tbsp (45 ml) olive oil
    1 tbsp (15 ml) fresh rosemary, minced
    salt and pepper to taste

    Preheat oven to 425F (218C).

    TIP #...

  • Classic Peach Cobbler

    Learn how to master a classic summertime dessert; peach cobbler. Beth shares her foolproof recipe!

    Makes 4 mini cobblers or 1 large one made in a 9 x 13 shallow baking dish.

    8 peaches, pitted and sliced (I leave the skins on, but feel free to remove them)...

  • Outdoor Dinner Party

    Summertime dinner parties make for a long, lingering affair, and Sara Lynn Cauchon is pulling out all the stops to help take your next outdoor dinner party to the next level. DIY chalkboard wine glasses, adorable wine bottle menus and potted herb centerpieces will have your guests raving about th...

  • Shabby Chic Tea Party

    When Sara Lynn Cauchon, everyone's favorite Domestic Geek, decides to host an afternoon tea party, she doesn't skimp on the cute factor. With vintage charm galore, she plays up the shabby chic theme with a DIY garland made of mixed textiles and fabrics, wire birdcages and a self-serve tea station...

  • Rainbow Crudités

    Claire Thomas from Kitchy Kitchen swears by three rules when it comes to entertaining: pick foods that are visually beautiful, easy to make, and follow the 3-to-1 rule. What's the 3-to-1 rule? It's Claire's insider tip for easy hosting. Watch this episode to find out what that secret is as Claire...

  • The Domestic Geek's Backyard BBQ Bash

    Fire up the grill, it's BBQ season! Sara Lynn Cauchon loves a good backyard BBQ, but she's done with the messy dishes that are typically on the menu. Instead, she's making gourmet burgers and veggie sides, with an ice cream sundae bar for dessert. We're not sure which we're more excited to try: S...

  • Goat Cheese Tartelettes

    If you're planning a menu and looking for an elegant hors d'oeuvre, Beth has the perfect solution! Goat Cheese Tartelettes with Onion Jam are inexpensive, easy-to-make, and sure to add a special touch to any celebration.

    Makes 24

    4 oz (11...

  • The Domestic Geek's Cool, Casual Brunch

    Sara Lynn puts her self-described "Domestic Geek" title to work to demonstrate how to host a successful brunch with ease. Her secret? Keep it simple. She prefers unfussy dishes that allow you to actually spend time with your guests instead of hiding in the kitchen to nurse the food. Plus, she sug...

  • Parisian Party Macaron Tower

    Paris. Eiffel Tower. Cookies. Do we have your attention yet? Eden Passante is planning a Parisian-themed party, and she's serving the crème de la crème of French sweets: macarons, those colorful cookies that are all the rage. An edible treat this beautiful deserves a special display. Eden creat...

  • Provencal Tomato Tart

    Beth shows how to create a summery tomato tart inspired by the flavors of the south of France.

    Makes (2) 14 x 5 rectangular tarts

    For Pastry:
    1 3/4 cups (210 g) flour
    1 tsp (5 ml) salt
    2 tsp (10 ml) dried thyme or fresh works too
    10 tbs...

  • Caramel Apple Ice Cream Cups

    Try this easy "make ahead" dessert that your guests will be talking about for weeks!

    (Makes 12 Cups)

    For the filling:
    1/2 cup (75 g) raisins
    1 tbsp (15 ml) bourbon whisky
    2 1/2 cups (375 g) gala apples, peels on (diced into tiny cubes)
    2 tbsp (25 g) sugar

  • Small Space Entertaining

    Whether you're entertaining for two or ten, don't let a small space cramp your style. Take advantage of Theodore Leaf's expert entertaining tips. He brilliantly combines the living room and dining room of his tiny NYC apartment into a singular space suited for a fabulous dinner or cocktail party....

  • Sangria to Savor

    Claire Thomas from the Kitchy Kitchen sets out to demystify the process for making your own sangria. Why sangria? It's easy to whip up, you can make it ahead of time, and it's a beautiful beverage to serve to your guests. When it comes to sangria, Claire says it's all about tying the visuals to t...

  • Wineware

    Wine knowledge comes easy when you let your personal taste lead you, and Christina's simple tips for pairing take it to the next level. Whether you prefer red, white or sparkling, there are ways to make your favorites taste even better. And presentation being everything, the right stemware and ac...

  • Vintage/Modern: Mismatched Masterpiece

    Mixing in vintage decor is one of the biggest trends in dining room design -- but a step too far in the thrifted direction and the look can quickly start to resemble something from grandma's attic instead of the pages in a magazine. The key to getting the look right: achieving balance between the...

  • Spring Soirée

    Christina Lauren invites you to her Malibu home and preps for a small gathering of her most fashionable friends. To throw a Spring Soirée, fresh flowers, a signature cocktail and a home adorned in light colors are in order. Design is more than visual; a successful design needs to appeal to multip...

  • How to Create a Cheese Board

    Beth shares her favorite appetizer idea for entertaining, a cheese board! Just "set it and forget it."

    (Serves 8-10)

    1 Runny Cheese: Wedge French Brie
    1 Salty Cheese: Wedge Blue Cheese
    1 Neutral Cheese: Log of Goat Cheese
    1 Sweet Cheese: Wedge of Stilton with ...

  • Soy Glazed Chicken

    Get out of your chicken rut with Beth's easy soy glazed roasted chicken! This recipe is simple enough to put together for a weeknight meal and elegant enough for a dinner party as well.

    8 pieces of chicken
    1 1/2 cups of soy sauce
    1/2 cup water
    1 tbsp Dijon mustard
    2 tbsp swee...

  • Trio of Brownie Bites

    Beth shares her sinister brownie bites! They're so good they are evil.

    Makes 5 dozen (in mini muffin tin)

    12 oz. bittersweet chocolate
    1 tbsp vanilla extract
    3/4 cup of butter
    3 eggs
    1 cup of suga...

  • Cocktails & Conversation with the Domestic Geek

    The hostess with the mostess, "Domestic Geek" Sara Lynn Cauchon swears by planning and prepping ahead so that you can actually enjoy your party alongside your guests. In this episode, Sara Lynn sets up a cocktail bar using vintage decanters, wood and burlap accents, and galvanized metal buckets f...