Caylin Harris's Recent Articles
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The 10 Etiquette Commandments of Halloween
Halloween is fun, so we’re not going to muddy it up with a whole bunch of rules. But here are a few suggestions for ways to stay sane, look like a good neighbor, and enjoy your night — especially for you newbies who are passing out candy for the first time. No one wants raisins or stale Tootsie rolls. Ditto on the black licorice. I’m not saying you have to shell out for the king-size candy bars (it doesn’t even have to be brand name stuff!
May 1, 2019
The Most Fun and Easy Friendsgiving Banner You Can DIY
For this year’s Friendsgiving, skip the formal decorations and have a little fun. This decked-out buffet brings a little something special to the table that you might not be able to get away with for a family-centric Turkey Day. Here’s what you’ll need to create this look on your own. Don’t worry — it only looks complicated! This whole look is all about layers. If you think of the banner in those terms, it makes the process so much easier.
May 1, 2019
The Only 5 Things You Need to Know When Dyeing Easter Eggs
If you celebrate Easter, you’ve most likely been dyeing eggs for years. But have you ever stopped to consider why this process works? There’s some science to it all, and certain conditions are more ideal for egg dye than others. Here’s all of the essential info you need before you start dunking. If you’re going to end up peeling and eating your Easter eggs, don’t use fresh-from-the-farm eggs.
Mar 27, 2018
5 Mistakes to Avoid When Dyeing Easter Eggs
There are few things worse than getting your kids psyched to dye Easter eggs, only to have the process go horribly awry. While the supplies are all relatively cheap and easy to find, no one wants to dye a second batch of eggs (because, let’s face it, by the time the eggs gets plunked into their respective colors the kids have already lost interest). Avoid these five mistakes to make sure you get egg-cellent results the first time around.
Mar 22, 2018
The Biggest Mistakes People Make When Setting Up a Buffet
When done correctly, a buffet dinner can look lovely and be far easier for a hungry crowd to navigate. Sure, it’s not as formal as a sit-down meal, but it allows guests to get what they want, when they want it, without worrying about offending the host by not eating certain things. Plus, it’s easy for the host to organize and clean up. Just make sure you don’t make any of these (totally avoidable) mistakes and you’ll wind up throwing the best buffet meal ever.
Nov 17, 2017
The One Thing I Always Forget to Buy for Thanksgiving
I consider myself to be a good hostess. When I have guests over, my house is clean, my menu is planned, and I like to think I’m not flustered by the actual meal prep. I want to enjoy my guests’ company instead of staying holed up in the kitchen. That said, there is always one thing I forget every single time I entertain. Do you suffer from the same absent-mindedness as I do? Ice! I never fail to forget it!
Nov 13, 2017
6 Things to Know Before Hosting Friendsgiving
It’s the most wonderful meal of the year! Gathering your best friends together to break bread doesn’t happen often enough, so make it the best Friendsgiving ever. Here are a few pointers if you’ve never hosted a meal quite this large before: Before you send out an official invite ask your favorite friends for their availability to get a feel for other people’s plans. This is a very busy time of year with lots of holiday events/concerts/dinners to attend.
Nov 9, 2017
The Best (and Cutest) Friendsgiving Ideas from Pinterest
The beauty of Friendsgiving is that it’s Thanksgiving’s cooler, more casual cousin. No family fights about politics, no cranky aunt inspecting your glasses for water spots, oh, and it’s totally fine to make it a potluck or a buffet instead of a more formal sit-down occasion. Plus, you get to invite whoever you want! It’s fun, it’s laid-back, and it’s full of delicious food. So what’s not to love? This casual-ness extends to your decor and setup, too.
Nov 1, 2017
The Etiquette of the Open Bar
An open bar at a wedding is basically a premature gift to thank you for being a good guest. It allows you to get all the drinks you want, when you want, without having to search for an ATM. (The availability of booze adds just the right amount of social lubricant to get strangers to become friends and nudge even the shyest guests out on the dance floor, too.) Don’t make your hosts rethink their stance on serving (free!) alcohol by taking advantage of their generosity.
May 24, 2017
5 Ways to Get Party Guests Out of the Kitchen
No matter how small your kitchen happens to be, people always end up hanging out in there during parties. Bummer, right? It leaves you wondering if you should have skipped cleaning every other room of your house and just focused on cooking the food instead. The problem, of course, is that it can become a logistical issue for you if you’re trying to get stuff done and people are all sorts of in the way. Here’s how to give your well-meaning guests the boot.
May 22, 2017
7 Dinner Party Rules We Finally Agree with Now That We’re Adults
Remember the dinner parties your parents used to throw when you were a kid? You know, those weekend nights when you ate dinner early and then went upstairs to entertain yourself while mom and dad fed their friends? You’d sneak downstairs to check out the scene and it just looked so … boring! How were they all still sitting at that table? But now that it’s your turn to try adulting, you totally get it. Dinner parties are fun!
May 3, 2017
6 Easy Easter Eggs That Will Make You Look Like a Creative Genius
An afternoon of decorating Easter eggs using something beyond the standard dye kit usually calls for a lot of supplies — and creativity and effort. If that combination of things doesn’t seem to be in the cards this year, consider making some of these simple eggs. They’ve all got that wow-factor you’re looking for and require very little fuss. Winter is coming … no, not really, because it’s springtime.
Apr 13, 2017
10 Alternatives to Plastic Easter Grass
Sure, sticking some plastic grass into an Easter basket is easy, but where’s the fun in that? Get a little more creative this year and go with one of these filler alternatives that are guaranteed to make a colorful and festive bed for gummy candy, chocolate bunnies, and candy-filled eggs. Even the Easter Bunny will be impressed. Tip: Save money by sticking newspaper in the bottom of your basket to fill it up a little bit before you add in the good stuff.
Apr 10, 2017
How Often Should You Clean Your Cloth Napkins?
As much as you might want a hard-and-fast rule here, I’m sorry to say it doesn’t exist. Unfortunately, I can’t tell you to wash them after every three meals, or after every pasta dinner. The best advice I can give you is to check them out after each meal. There are, however, a few questions to ask yourself that can help you make this all-important decision. A folded cloth napkin almost always looks better than paper.
Jan 31, 2017
5 Reasons We’re Still Not Over Scandinavian Design
Decorating trends come and go. Some of them we’re even thankful to see go (sorry not sorry, wood paneling). But because of the soothing and neutral pillars of Scandinavian design, it’s an interior style that has staying power. And we’re not mad about it. In fact, we just can’t seem to get enough. Here are five reasons why we are so obsessed.
Jan 19, 2017
Make DIY Cake Toppers with Pipe Cleaners
The party problem: You don’t have the skills or patience for elaborate cake-decorating. The party trick: Skip the piping and make a cute cake topper with some pipe cleaners and a straw. Instead of searching for the right cake topper last minute, just spell out whatever you want with pipe cleaners. Make numbers, letters, or shapes. Not only is this trick incredibly easy, but it’s also 100 percent customizable!
Jan 6, 2017
10 Organizing Tasks to Start the New Year Off Right
You’ve made it through the holidays, and chances are your kitchen has taken a beating. Before you get yourself in a tizzy thinking about what you need to do to get it back into shape, just break it down into smaller tasks you can complete throughout the month. Finish these 10 organizing tasks by February and you’ll be good for the rest of the year. Do you really need a blender, food processor, soda maker, coffee maker, and toaster out on your counter? Nope.
Jan 3, 2017
10 Things to Do After Any Party
You ate, you drank, and you were merry. You even aced all of your hostess duties; friends and family alike had an amazing time, thanks to your expert planning and flawless execution. But did you do all of these things before you went to bed? Next time, here’s a checklist of 10 things to do right after your party — you’ll be thankful you did in the morning. This one speaks for itself. Often times during parties you might have candles in places you normally don’t have them.
Jan 2, 2017
3 Secret Weapons for a Prettier Pantry
Our very own Maxwell Ryan worked with Mrs. Meyers to show off one of the most organized pantries out there. Whether you have an entire pantry or just a kitchen cabinet, these photos highlight three secret weapons that are a total must when it comes to keeping your ingredients — and other stuff — organized. Here’s some food (storage) for thought. It never hurts to label.
Dec 13, 2016
5 Steps for Cleaning Out Your Post-Thanksgiving Fridge
For those first few days after Thanksgiving, you’re on top of the world. Every time you open the fridge you’ve got turkey, sides, appetizers, cheese, biscuits, and desserts. You don’t have to cook for a week! Eventually the leftovers dwindle, your family threatens mutiny if one more meal has turkey in it, or the fridge starts to look like a picked-over supermarket before a storm. Any of those things are signs it’s time to purge!
Nov 25, 2016
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!
Nov 9, 2016