New Rules: Etiquette for Pandemic Entertaining

The pandemic has done a number on us — our mental health, our psyches, our jobs and even our manners. We spoke with etiquette expert Lisa Grotts to decipher a few clues about how to be a great host — and guest — in today’s weird, where-did-all-the-manners-go, world.  Lisa Grotts, who served as director of protocol […]

Entertain in Style With Shop For Good

Red cups have arrived at Starbucks, holiday lights are appearing in stores and WLIT will likely start playing round-the-clock Christmas music any day now. That means it’s time to get your home and yourself ready for holiday entertaining. We have a few ideas from Make It Better’s Shop For Good that will get you in […]

How to Build the Perfect Cheese Platter

Cheese platters don’t have to be boring. With just the tiniest bit of effort (meaning think outside the pre-cut Costco cheese box), you can bring some wow to this entertaining standard. It’s time to up your cheese game. Props are important to the overall success of this DIY, so start with a great cheese board. […]

Fun Ways to Break the Ice at Your Next Party

When you’re throwing a party, whether it’s a small gathering of friends or a blowout bash to celebrate a milestone, you want your guests to have a great time and truly connect with one another. Sometimes, though, it can be difficult to get even the most articulate and friendly adults out of their comfort zones […]

10 Best Coffee Table Books of 2015

There’s no better conversation starter—or home décor accent—than a good coffee table book. Whether you regularly page through it or it’s a permanent fixture on your bookshelf, these beautiful books are much more than that; they’re works of art. Here are 10 gorgeous books we want on our coffee tables. 1. The Dogist: Photographic Encounters with […]

5 Entertaining Trends to Try Now!

Burlap table runners, cupcakes, flowers in mason jars, food trucks—trends in entertaining come and go, just like trends in fashion. We asked some of the best local event planners for the inside scoop on this year’s hottest entertaining trends. Here’s what the in-the-know hostesses will be doing at their parties this season. Trend #1: Drop-Off […]

How to Design a Home That’s Great for Entertaining

Most of us can feel it when we’re in one, yet can find it difficult to identify the specific elements that make a home great for entertaining. What gives a space its warm, inviting ambiance? Is it the lighting? The size of the space? The availability and arrangement of seating? To get to the bottom of what makes a space ideal for hosting, we […]