52 Entertaining Tips From The Kitchn's Gatherings Series To Help You Throw Beautiful, Budget-Friendly Parties

The Kitchn's Best of 2013

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This year marked the launch of our Gatherings from The Kitchn series, where every month we shared a real-life party we (the editors) hosted in our own home. There was Faith's polenta party, Anjali's backyard movie party, Emma's beer-bottling party, and of course as you just saw, my own winter cocktail party — among many others. Part of why we started doing these parties this year is that we wanted to show you, our readers, that it's possible to throw beautiful, delicious, fun parties all without breaking the bank.

For each party we offered a set of tips to help you do it yourself. From how to throw a party in a small apartment to how to create a great dinner party atmosphere, here's a look back at all our advice:

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Welcome to The Kitchn's Best of 2013 roundup!

From December 21 through January 3 we are rounding up our favorite (and your favorite) posts from the past year. We'll also share guest posts, special holiday features, and a sparkling Winter Glam Cocktail Party, the final installment in our 2013 Gatherings from The Kitchn. Happy Holidays!

(Image credits: Rachel Joy Baransi; Danielle Tsi; Gabriela Herman; Bethany Nauert; Bridget Pizzo; Bridget Pizzo; Leela Cyd; D Squared Photography)