This week, I've been sharing the plan and menu for a casual weeknight dinner party I threw with our neighbors and their little kids. Today, we'll reveal how it all came together, how we kept it comfy and cheerful for the little kids while still making it a special night for us all. We hope it shows you, like it showed me, that dinner parties don't always have to be elaborately planned affairs, but can simply be a bigger, prettier version of your everyday family meal. Warning: you may be inspired to throw impromptu weeknight or weekend dinner parties all the time now, so grab your crayons and come on in!
When we began to brainstorm an original recipe to create for our No-Stress Neighborly Nosh Gathering, we knew we wanted a vegetable side dish that even a picky kid would love. A single link of Italian sausage (leftover from a previous pizza night) actually inspired the dish. It wasn't enough to create a main dish around, but it was just enough to add a little something extra when tossed in with a head of broccoli and a handful of pantry ingredients. A stretch of the imagination later, a flavorful veggie bake was born.
It's a dreary Wednesday, and my neighbor Molly is tired of being cooped up in her house with her two little girls. "Why don't you all come over tomorrow for a family dinner party?" I ask, almost without thinking about it. Everyone is excited, including my daughter, who likes being the 8-year-old babysitter-in-training, and we grown-ups are looking forward to a break in the routine.
But what to cook? And how to make this casual dinner party special while still keeping it fun and comfortable for the kids (and parents)? This week we'll be talking all about our easy family dinner party, and how you can throw one of your own. Today we'll start with the party plan!
It takes a killer eye to make a modern home shine: Too much midcentury or minimalism and your living room feels like a museum; not enough and the look just doesn't gel. That's why we love these readers' house tours—they each put their own spin on modern decor, and the results are contemporary houses that still feel like homes.
From flatscreens to top-of-the-line kitchen appliances, technological touches can make a great home even better, all while seamlessly fitting into the space's aesthetic. Case in point: our readers, who know a thing or two about incorporating high-tech elements without feeling like they're living in a spaceship. Here are a few of our favorite examples.
A good home office isn't just a place to put your laptop: It's a place where work gets done with style, where high-tech gadgets make everything work a little easier and look a little cooler. Here are a few home offices from House Tours and Tech Tours past that do just that.
Whether they're retrofitting old homes with eco-modern touches or going net-zero in the sleekest way ever, our readers know that tech and green are a perfect design marriage. Together, they make an unstoppable combo of nature and science that helps great-looking homes look and work better. Here are a few of our favorite power couples from House Tours and House Calls past.
Is your kitchen feeling blue? While we believe that money can't buy a happy kitchen, we also know firsthand the lift a little judicious shopping can bring, even during a polar vortex. Here's some of our favorite blue kitchen gear from Amazon (most is even available on Amazon Prime!) to help boost both the style and function of your kitchen this winter.
You know the routine: every morning you wake up, shower, put on some clothes, then turn on your kettle or coffee maker to help you get going. These small actions might be necessary and even second nature at this point, but they should never be boring or hectic. These three coffee and tea appliances from BELLA make things a little easier, less crazy, and definitely more stylish.
If you are buying one thing this Christmas, make it a Swedish Party Ham, available at Many Kitchens. Nothing says Christmas like ham. When glazed and baked this will be the centerpiece to build your Yuletide feast around. The ham serves about 15 people and is memorable both for its incredible flavor and tender, juicy slices. To prepare your ham, simply follow this recipe for the Perfect Glazed Ham at Many Kitchens.
Learn more about Schaller & Weber, the amazing master charcutiers who have been in business since the 1930s, and check out some other great gifts for the foodie in your life at Many Kitchens.
For a limited time, get 10% off your purchase of a Swedish Party Ham with code ATHAM. Offer expires Friday, December 13th, at midnight EST.