Caylin Harris

Caylin is a contributor for The Kitchn, specializing in all things entertaining and crafting. She lives in Rhode Island with her husband and her four rescue cats.
6 Reasons You Need Cloth Napkins
Even if you think they’re fussy or too much work, we’ve got some good reasons why you should own (and use!) cloth napkins. No one wants to use paper napkins that are going to disintegrate after a few quick hand wipes during a messy meal. A cloth napkin can stand up to the messiest fingers — every single time. If your response to the gripe above is to just use paper towels, please stop right there. Paper towels (and paper napkins) are super wasteful.
May 5, 2022
10 Ways to Set Up Your Kitchen (and Yourself!) for a Successful Weekend Cooking Project
While weeknights are all about just managing to get something (anything!) edible on the table in as little time as possible, weekends (and snow days!) are for larger-scale, more complex cooking projects. You know, the ones that have more prep time or require obscure ingredients. If you’re feeling ambitious, here’s how to get your kitchen ready to help you tackle even the most complicated recipe.
May 4, 2022
The Best Time to Clean Every Part of Your Kitchen
Raise your hand if you feel like, despite your very best intentions, your kitchen is messier than you’d like it to be. I’m right there with you. And it makes sense! The kitchen is the very center of your house. No matter how comfy your living room is, chances are people are always hanging out in the kitchen — or helping themselves to food from the fridge — which leads to major messes.
May 4, 2022
How To Make Marbleized Easter Eggs
Go ahead — give this idea a whirl.
Mar 28, 2021
21 Kitchen Design Trends We Predict Will Be Huge for 2021
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Yes, open concept is back! But open shelving seems to be going away to make room for real upper cabinets.
Jan 2, 2021
7 Kitchen Design Trends That Will Disappear in 2021
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There are two major colors that are on their way out. Any guesses?
Jan 1, 2021
How To Paint a KitchenAid Stand Mixer
You used to love pink and now you do not. Paint it any color you want! We've got all the steps you'll need.
Dec 31, 2020
How To Dye Easter Eggs with Food Coloring
Holidays have a tendency to sneak up on us. Easter especially, because the date can change year to year. Luckily, you probably already have everything you need in order to get in on the egg-dying fun. Instead of buying one of those wasteful kits at the corner drug store, you really just need food coloring and white distilled vinegar. And eggs. You will definitely need some eggs.
Aug 6, 2020
6 Reasons to Be Proud of Your Ridiculously Small Kitchen
While we all might fantasize about having a sprawling kitchen, à la our favorite Nancy Meyers movies, reality is often a lot, um, smaller. Whether you live in an apartment or a house, you can either curse the cooking gods for your misfortune or make the best of it. I mean, some professional chefs can pull off culinary magnificence in small New York kitchens. So you can come close. Or at the very least, love your tiny kitchen a little more.
Jul 16, 2020
20 Kitchen Design Trends We Predict Will Be Huge for 2020
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Bar dressers (instead of bar carts)! Cane furniture! Painted ceilings! And more.
Dec 21, 2019
9 Kitchen Design Trends That Will Disappear in 2020
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At least until they inevitably come back around.
Dec 15, 2019
The 5 Rules That Still Really Matter When It Comes to Setting the Table
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Skip the million-and-one forks, but do not ignore these other rules.
Dec 6, 2019
The 3-Minute Costco Centerpiece Hack for Your Thanksgiving Table
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Actually, you can probably assemble this in even less time.
Nov 16, 2019
The Cheap Trader Joe’s Find You Can Turn into an Easy Scandi Centerpiece
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You cannot mess this up.
Nov 15, 2019
The Cheap and Easy Aldi Centerpiece Trick That Every Host Should Know
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Start with a bunch of Moser Roth chocolate bars.
Nov 14, 2019
Here’s What Kitchens Look Like in Houses That Cost $250,000
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We know you're curious.
Aug 15, 2019
5 Smart Ways to Store Your Coffee Mugs
Instead of hiding your favorite mugs in the cabinet, here are five ways to show them off.
Jun 9, 2019
How To Etch a Personalized Mug
I’m going to level with you and let you in on an important crafting secret. While you might see easy DIYs making the rounds on Pinterest, a lot of them don’t always work. One in particular? That idea to use a Sharpie or a paint pen to personalize a mug. While it might be tempting to draw something onto a mug for your favorite coworker or your kid’s teacher, it’s incredibly difficult to have it last for the long haul.
May 30, 2019
How To Make Candles in a Slow Cooker
If you’re looking for a sweet and thoughtful way to show your appreciation this upcoming holiday season, look no further than your slow cooker. In addition to soups, dips, and weeknight dinners, your trusty slow cooker can easily help you DIY the perfect gift: a bunch of cute candles. And before you ask, no, the wax doesn’t touch the inside of the slow cooker, so there’s no gross residue or hard-to-clean mess. Here’s how to do it at home.
May 30, 2019
10 Things to Clean Now Before the Holiday Season Gets Going
So you’re hosting an upcoming holiday. That means you either … Want to. Drew the short straw. Were told you were hosting by your mother. No matter the reason, think of us as your online support system. We’re here to help you not only make a meal that people will still be talking about next year, but also ensure that you look like the consummate hostess. So no running around harried and sweating the whole day looking for extra seating and missing silverware. You can do this!
May 1, 2019
6 Cozy Parties You Should Throw This Winter
When it’s freezing outside, the last thing you want to do is leave the comfort of your own home. Instead of putting off all social engagements until spring, have your friends and family over. Make them leave their houses and come to you! And make it up to them by throwing one of these laid-back and cozy parties that are sure to beat the winter blues. Bonus: None of these will break the bank. The classic. Have a marathon. Watch a trilogy. Binge anything on Netflix.
May 1, 2019
10 Tips for Throwing an Award-Worthy Birthday Party
It’s awards season! While Hollywood stars are thinking about getting ready for the Oscars, the A-listers in your life could be preparing to celebrate a February birthday. Whether or not your party is pegged to the Academy Awards (or even this month!), there are a few things you should keep in mind when it comes to throwing an award-worthy soirée. Variety is the spice of life and a party too.
May 1, 2019
A Potluck Party with a Twist for Your Next Snow Day
There might be nothing better than a snow day — especially as an adult. Getting one is rare because it basically requires enough snow that it cancels every single thing you’ve got going on — including work. If the opportunity does present itself, take full advantage. Instead of going full-on hermit, invite some friends over. (Ideally, you have friends in walking distance — we don’t want to encourage driving when the conditions are bad. That would be irresponsible!
May 1, 2019
The Oscars Are Your Ticket to a Better Birthday Party
We love a theme party here at Kitchn and this weekend offers an excuse to throw a super-fancy one: the Oscars! If you also happen to know someone celebrating a birthday this week, consider throwing one party that does double duty. Here are eight ways to turn an awards party into a birthday party — without making the guest of honor feel like a B-list add-on. If the birthday girl has zero interest in awards shows, this will not be a good idea and you should stop reading now.
May 1, 2019
Easter Basket Before & After: Turn Kid Sweets into Grown-Up Treats
It’s a basket full of candy supposedly left by a giant bunny. It’s hard to go wrong here, people. You can scoop up sugary sweets at the drug store and create a totally satisfying basket. Or you can go all out with artisanal and homemade treats that are sure to please the biggest kids you know: your friends and grown-up family members! Here’s what you need, and how you can update each essential element.
May 1, 2019
These 2-Ingredient DIY Easter Eggs Are for Minimalists
White eggs get all the love this time of year, but brown eggs deserve some attention too, as they can make for some extremely striking Easter eggs. Just look at these! Cute, right? They took just a few minutes from start to finish and we only needed one thing to make them. Okay, two things if you count the eggs. To make these minimalist beauties, you’ll need clean, dry hard-boiled eggs and a white paint pen.
May 1, 2019
This Is the Easiest Way to Bedazzle Easter Eggs
We dare you to find us anything that can’t be made better by some bedazzling. It’s just not possible. Jean jackets and cell phone cases are fair game, obviously, and now you can add Easter eggs to the list! Bonus: They’re super simple to make. Yay, indeed! In terms of materials, you’ll need the following: hard-boiled eggs, colored markers, and letter stickers. The only craft-related skill you need is the ability to wield a magic marker and make dots.
May 1, 2019
The Produce Aisle Is the Inspiration for These Clever Easter Eggs
Sure, you can dye Easter eggs using a kit. The finished eggs will be cute and totally fine, but they won’t get your friends and family talking about how amazing and creative you are. If you want that to happen, well, you need to swing by the produce aisle when you do your shopping. What you need are a bunch of those stickers that go on lemons, apples, oranges, and the like. You’ll then put those stickers on your dyed eggs to make them look like cheeky versions of the real things.
May 1, 2019
Game of Thrones Fans, These DIY Dragon Eggs Are for You
Winter is coming … no, not really because it’s spring. But for you Game of Thrones fans anticipating the upcoming seventh season, it’s the perfect time of year to decorate your Easter eggs to look like they came straight from a dragon. You’ll need some felt or paper confetti dots, which you can make yourself with some scissors or a special hole puncher — or you can take a shortcut and just buy some that are already made. (We took the shortcut!
May 1, 2019
5 Ways to Get the Cocktail-Hour Waitstaff to Come to You
There’s a certain type of person who never has to wait for a drink at a party. For some reason their mere presence causes any bartender or cocktail waiter in a close proximity to hop to attention, like James Bond for instance — I’m pretty sure he’s never had to flag down a bartender to order his signature martini. And waiters with hors d’oeuvres probably flock to him with trays of cocktail hot dogs.
May 1, 2019
12 Ways to Be the Best Wedding Guest Ever
Wedding season is upon us. While brides and grooms across the country are getting ready for one of the biggest days of their lives, they’re also planning one heck of a party. And it’s on you to be an awesome wedding guest. While you might be thinking, “Me? I’m a great guest!” check yourself against the list below to see if you really make the cut. Better to be safe than blacklisted, right?
May 1, 2019
The 2017 Rules of Wedding Favors
The 1980s called and they wants their wedding favors back. Okay, just kidding. But it is 2017! And wedding favors are so much more fun (and keep-able!) these days — as long as you do them right. Here’s an updated list of some things you should keep in mind. And no, we’re not talking about homemade chocolates made from chocolate melts you can find at the craft store or Jordan almonds wrapped in tulle.
May 1, 2019
The Publix Cake Is the Ultimate Southern Wedding Cake
When you’re planning and paying for a wedding, eventually you start to see dollar signs. According The Knot’s 2016 Real Wedding Survey the average wedding cost is $35,329, which leaves brides looking to save where they can. For couples set on having a cake, one way to save money is to buck tradition and skip the specialty bakery.
May 1, 2019
The Best Bridal Shower Ideas That Pinterest Gave Us
Ah, Pinterest. What would we do without you when it comes time to throwing parties? From food to decorations to cocktails, the site is chock-full of inspiration — but you know that already. Something else you already know? Pinterest can also be an overwhelming rabbit hole that can take over your life. Don’t waste time getting sucked into all those sometimes-too-crazy pins!
May 1, 2019
8 Things Smart, Friendly Cooks Do in Small Kitchens
Want to be a good friend and have someone over for dinner — but dread trying to cook for more than you and your cat in a tiny kitchen? Don’t be scared! Teeny-tiny kitchens are cozy, friendly, and can do anything a larger kitchen can do! Just in case you need a little refresher, though, here are a few ways smart cooks handle cooking for more than one or two in a really small space. Counter cleanliness is key right now.
May 1, 2019
The One True Horror of Halloween
I’ve always loved Halloween. Every year as a kid I’d dress up in my homemade costume and go door to door to ask strangers for candy. I’d shuffle through the crispy leaves, carrying my pillowcase and enjoying the faint chill in the air. But I’d shake my tiny fist at the people who had left their light off, or even worse, had the gall to give out boxes of raisins. So what I’m trying to say is that I’ve never had a traumatic Halloween-related experience.
May 1, 2019