Entertaining: Party Planning For the Everyday Busy Person

Like many parents, I celebrate my kid's birthday every year. I stress out about each and every single one of them, the food, the decor, the details, EVERYTHING. I've come to realize that no matter what it looks like, my kids are happy with the simple fact that they are the center of attention for … Continue reading Entertaining: Party Planning For the Everyday Busy Person

Entertaining: An Inexpensive Baby Shower

Throwing a baby shower shouldn't be expensive. A couple of weeks ago, me and my mom decided to throw a baby shower for my cousin, but both of us had a very tight budget. For one, I'm a  grad student and finally, my mom is not the decorating type. To her, food and family should … Continue reading Entertaining: An Inexpensive Baby Shower

Entertaining: Valentine’s Day Brisket

  For Valentine's Day we decided to smoke a brisket. In fact, we had two separate, very informal, Valentine's Day--brisket smoking--soirées. (Hmm I wonder if you pluralize "soirée.")   For starters, I preplanned my menu in advance. I also made the desserts and some of the appetizers the night before. I set the table and … Continue reading Entertaining: Valentine’s Day Brisket

Entertaining: Party Etiquette-Children

Hello and welcome to Mrs. Lady Renaissance. I have a few questions regarding dealing with children during gatherings. Certainly, this isn't about one's own children, but children visiting. How do you deal with kids during parties? My questions is, how does one prepare for such company? Should one be strict? Should normal house rules (such … Continue reading Entertaining: Party Etiquette-Children