How to Throw a Halloween Porch Party
The absolute best party! It's so good I throw it every year. Here's everything you need, from the menu to super simple decor ideas.
Oct 29, 2019
A Cozy, Mellow New Year’s Day Brunch at HomeKitchen
Every year we tell you to skip the fancy prix-fixe menus and crowded restaurants in favor of a home-cooked meal on New Year’s Eve. But the same advice rings true for New Year’s Day brunch. Instead of waiting two hours to spend $20 on a plate of French toast, you can host a cozy, festive gathering from the comfort of your own home (in your pajamas, if that’s your thing).
Dec 28, 2018
How to Throw a Rustic Bridal Shower — Complete with a Menu, Recipes, Free Printable Invitations, and MoreRecipes
Type the words “rustic bridal shower” into Pinterest and the results are, well, overwhelming. How on earth do people manage to pull these things off? All that Kraft paper, twine, and wood! Turns out, though, a rustic bridal shower (or any other type of rustic-looking party) is actually pretty simple to throw. To prove it to you, we planned a cute bridal shower luncheon with tons of accessible ideas.
Jun 6, 2017
5 Reasons You Should Build a Fort in Your Living RoomKitchen
When I was a kid, I used to build a fort any chance I got: A rainy day was always a good excuse, but growing up in temperate Northern California, it really was a year-round activity despite the constant 74-degree weather. It wasn’t the same fort over and over again, either. Every indoor structure had a very specific purpose and story.
Feb 17, 2017
How To Make Classic Birthday CakeRecipes
Birthday cake is the only thing you need to make a birthday special. Whether you’re celebrating your kids or yourself, I believe everyone should have a cake on their birthday. Homemade birthday cake is one of my favorite gifts to give, despite having a family birthday in almost every month of the year.
Jan 9, 2017
A California Tea Party with Leela CydKitchen
A few weeks back, on a very hot Southern California day, I had a gaggle of girlfriends over for a tea party in a fancy greenhouse to celebrate the launch of my cookbook, Food with Friends: The Art of Simple Gatherings. I went pretty over the top with a decadent menu of nibbles from the book, soul music crooning from under the table, a dress code (yes, I went there!), and finally a beautiful group walk on the beach when it was all over.
May 25, 2016
Recipe: Purple Cauliflower HummusRecipes
If you get the colors right in any food, you can almost guarantee the flavors are going to be good. When I first discovered all the varieties of colorful cauliflower, I knew the common white type might be forever banned in my kitchen. This flavorful dip is shocking purple and changes colors before your very eyes, thanks to a hit of lemon juice.
May 24, 2016
A California Tea Party Playlist: Bring on That ’60s SoulKitchen
This week we’re showing you Leela Cyd’s gorgeous tea party that she put together for her and a few of her pals right outside of Santa Barbara. While the thoughtful bites and delicious tea might have been the stars of the whole shebang, the music really transformed the occasion into a party. Just try to listen to this (mostly) ’60s playlist without dancing and singing along. I dare you.
May 24, 2016
Recipe: Raspberry Sorbet & Elderflower SparklersRecipes
Valentine’s Day is synonymous with all things pink, sparkly, and festive. Whether you plan on sipping something fruity and bubbly first thing in the morning with your sweetheart, enjoying a small round of tipples with friends at brunch, or serving an entire tray of libations at an evening get-together with your closest, I’ve got the perfect cocktail for you. It’s sweet, straightforward, and uncomplicated. And isn’t that all we really want on Valentine’s Day?
Feb 12, 2016
How To Assemble a Classic Cheese BoardRecipes
It’s time to embrace the cheesy side of life. And there’s no better way to do so than to get down with a classic cheese board, complete with all the best fixings. Here are our favorite pointers on assembling a classic cheese plate, including how to pick the best specimens, which cheeses should make the cut, and what tricks to keep in mind when assembling (and eating) your plate. Start by visiting a reputable cheesemonger.
Feb 11, 2016
A Guide to Matching Flowers to Your MenuSkills
Cooking dinner for your sweetie at home this Valentine’s Day? We’re all for it (in fact, we have a few ideas on what to cook). But what’s for supper is just one part of setting the sultry scene. To help you pair your meal with the most fitting flowers, we asked Caroline Bailly to play matchmaker.
Feb 10, 2016
How to Throw a Cheesy Valentine’s Day Party for Your GalentinesKitchen
A couple of weeks ago we had a handful of lady friends over to Geraldine’s apartment in Brooklyn to celebrate Valentine’s Day. We embraced the cheesy with lots of pink drinks, stinky cheese, Mariah Carey, and over-the-top decorations. So far this week we’ve shared the party plan, a recipe for muffin tin apple pies that look just like roses, and flower alternatives for the special day. Want to see how everything came together?
Feb 10, 2016
A Cheesy Valentine’s Day Party: The Party Plan and MenuRecipes
Valentine’s Day isn’t just for lovers, you know. This year at The Kitchn, we wanted to celebrate female friendship and throw a delicious party with all our girlfriends. Get ready for a bunch of pink drinks, apple tarts that look just like roses (I swear!), and a few rounds of the 90s classic board game Electronic Dream Phone. Here’s our plan and menu for the whole shebang.
Feb 8, 2016
5 Menu Swaps to Make Your Shabbat Dinner Suited for SummerKitchen
Most of the best — and best-known — dishes in the Eastern European Jewish cannon are heavy, rib-sticking things. They are delicious, to be sure, but not exactly foods you want to eat on a sweltering Friday night. This summer, break out of the traditional Shabbat dinner mold by swapping the classics with fresher, lighter fare that keeps the spirit of the holiday without weighing you down. Here are a few suggestions pulled from my new book, Modern Jewish Cooking.
Jul 31, 2015
A Shabbat Dinner for SummertimeRecipes
What better way to get introduced to Shabbat dinner for the first time than with the author of a cookbook on Jewish cooking? I recently had this pleasure, and also joined Leah Koenig, author of Modern Jewish Cooking, as she shopped for the dinner at her local grocery store in Brooklyn, where she also gave me a crash course in what to expect as a Shabbat dinner first-timer.
Jul 29, 2015
A Guide for the First-Time Shabbat GuestKitchen
Making guests feel comfortable is my primary goal at any dinner party I host. On Shabbat, that can be a little tricky. On top of the typical considerations — things like food allergies and guest compatibility — there is just a lot of stuff that happens during Shabbat dinner that can be confusing to people who have not experienced it before. Of course, every Shabbat dinner is a little different. Some folks are very traditional and follow all the rules; others, not so much.
Jul 28, 2015
How To Host a Freezer Meal Party: Recipes, Tips, & Resources for a Day of Cooking with FriendsRecipes
What’s the best way to stock your freezer with homemade meals? Throw a party and do it with friends! Here’s a look at one plan and menu for a freezer meal party with tips, resources, and recipes. Share your own tips and menu ideas in the comments!
Mar 1, 2015
10 Freezer Meal Plans from Real Home CooksRecipes
This week I showed you the freezer meal party I hosted with my mom and sisters. We spent an afternoon in the kitchen chopping, prepping, cooking, and bagging up meals for our freezers. It’s a fun and productive way to spend time with people you like, and a wonderful opportunity to stock your freezer. It’s also amazing how many meals you can put in your freezer in one afternoon, if you’re organized. My menu was just one possible way to do it.
Feb 28, 2015
What’s a Freezer Meal Party?Skills
I think we all know that the freezer can be a glorious secret weapon in the daily tussle to get healthy, delicious, and budget-friendly dinners on the table. This month we’re helping you clean out, organize, and restock the freezer in our 4-step Freezer Cure (it’s not too late to join!). But that’s just the beginning. The ultimate step is filling your freezer with meals — cleverly cooked and organized to help you pull off the last-minute magic of a meal already made.
Feb 23, 2015
3 Ways to Benefit Your Community Through a Soup SwapSkills
When you’ve never gone without, food can be taken for granted. But not everyone has this abundance, and food insecurity is a major problem in communities across America. So when I started Souper Heroes, it was with the goal of celebrating food on our tables while giving back what I, and my friends old and new, could to our local community. Here are three things I’ve learned about throwing events that celebrate and give back all at the same time.
Jan 16, 2015
Here’s How We Hosted a January Soup SwapSkills
This week I’ve been sharing the story of the soup swap party I threw with my friend Tricia. I shared the party plan, and then some details on what you need to host a soup swap yourself (honestly, it’s the easiest sort of party!). Today I’m sharing our own soup swap and how it went. Here’s who we invited, what we served, and the soups the swappers brought! Tricia and I put our heads together on this party and decided to keep it simple.
Jan 14, 2015
A Party Plan for a January Soup SwapKitchen
Did you know that January 25 is Soup Swap Day? Yes, and it is a whole day dedicated to sharing big pots of soup with friends. Isn’t that a splendid idea? I have always loved the idea of food swaps, and soup swaps in particular, but as I had never actually been to one, I decided to change that and not only go to a soup swap, but bring you all the details in our first 2015 Gathering from The Kitchn.
Jan 12, 2015
A Warm, Relaxed Autumn DinnerSponsored
We’ve been following artists and designers Corrin and Jake as they plan a casual fall dinner party for friends, with a comforting menu that uses dairy-based solutions to feature milk, yogurt and three different cheeses and still be friendly to lactose-intolerant guests. Today, we’ll reveal how it all came together, from National Dairy Council’s cooking tips to one stellar DIY project.
Nov 24, 2014
An Outdoor Thanksgiving for 10Kitchen
When planning this year’s Thanksgiving Gathering, we decided to try something a little different and host this party outdoors — California-style! Here’s the story (and all the resources) for a bright, colorful Thanksgiving —wherever you are. Click through for all the recipes, too, from a grilled turkey to Zuni-inspired bread stuffing, and pecan pie bars to pumpkin slab pie.
Nov 16, 2014
The Thanksgiving Happy Hour: Our 5 Tips for Appetizers & DrinksSkills
Setting out appetizers before Thanksgiving dinner can seem almost perverse: Why nibble when you’re about to consume the heartiest, richest holiday meal of the year? But there are good reasons to consider the lead-up to turkey time as a proper happy hour. Here is how I think about the drinks-and-apps portion of the day, with a few tips for keeping it easy, fun, and — above all — light! Appetizers and drinks — happy hour!
Nov 13, 2014
A Thanksgiving Dinner Outdoors: The Feast!Kitchen
Today we want to share our brighter, sunnier outdoor Thanksgiving menu and party. Outdoors? you say. Sunnier? Those of us who live in colder climates scurry from car to house in a wintry mix on Thanksgiving, but this year we threw a party with the rest of the country in mind — California, Texas, Florida, and all the blessedly warm regions where folks can enjoy their feasts outdoors in style.
Nov 12, 2014
Download Our Trivia Party Game for Your Halloween BashKitchen
It was rather difficult to find a game to play at my spooky colorful Halloween party. Some party games weren’t good for big groups, and others didn’t have the right kind of energy. I wanted something laid-back, but fun, and good for grownups. That’s why I decided to not pull out a traditional Halloween game. Instead, we played a party game I’ve always enjoyed: Trivia!
Oct 17, 2014
A Spooky Colorful Halloween PartyPeople
Halloween might just be the best excuse to throw an awesome party. Unlike Thanksgiving or Christmas, there are no expectations when it comes to Halloween: you can throw a party that’s as goofy, spooky, or relaxed as you like. There are no traditional expectations. That’s why a couple weeks ago I invited thirteen of my friends over to my small New York apartment to dance, eat delicious things, drink boozy beverages, and play a Halloween game (no, not bobbing for apples).
Oct 15, 2014
Why Plates With Curved Edges Are Great for PartiesKitchen
Plates might not get a lot of consideration when you’re planning a party (other than whether you’re going to go disposable or not), but here’s something to consider: for my recent porch party, I used white plates that had a bit of a lip, or curved edge, and thus discovered a nice benefit of this design:. It’s pretty simple, really: plates with a defined lip or curved edge help keep food from rolling off the plate. (I know, duh.
Jul 25, 2014
A Pizza Party on the PorchKitchen
I lived without outdoor space for many years, so when my husband and I finally moved to an apartment with a porch, we knew it was only a matter of time before we threw an outdoor party — specifically, a grilled pizza party! I’ve already shared the party plan and the simple menu with you. Here’s a full look at the party itself, from the grill setup and topping-chopping marathon to the final shots of the pizza in all its charred, melted glory.
Jul 23, 2014
How to Throw a Grown-Up Baby ShowerKitchen
A few springs ago, my friends and I spent a sunny afternoon toasting our friend Beth and her baby boy on the way. We skipped the usual baby bottles and blue food, and instead focused on the party details we knew Beth would appreciate: a fresh, sophisticated salad bar spread, sunny and colorful decor, and a fun, simple craft table where guests personalized burp cloths for her to take home.
May 21, 2014
Our Guide to the Make-Ahead BrunchSkills
As I was planning my Mother’s Day brunch a few weeks ago, I looked back through our tips and advice for making brunch ahead of time and discovered that we have written quite a lot on this topic over the years. What can I say — most of us aren’t morning people! When making brunch, we like to get a head start.
May 2, 2014
How To Make Really Big and Cheap Photo Posters for a PartyKitchen
Yesterday I showed you the Mother’s Day brunch I threw for my mother and grandmother. This was a pretty simple party — just Sunday lunch at home with family. But as a special touch I did a project I’ve been wanting to try for a long time: I made big black and white posters out of old family photos. This was surprisingly easy and inexpensive!
May 1, 2014
A Bright & Colorful Mother’s Day BrunchKitchen
My mother had eight kids and raised us well (in our unbiased opinion!). She homeschooled us in our early years, and taught us important things like how to make sloppy joes and fold fitted sheets properly, then sent us off into the world with good grace. It seems a little silly to single out Mother’s Day as just one celebratory moment, but this spring holiday is still a good occasion to gather the whole family and enjoy a meal together.
Apr 30, 2014
A Friday Board Game Night with Friends, Dinner, Snacks & SangriaKitchen
This week I’m showing you how a casual Friday evening playing board games with friends can turn into something a little more special thanks to good food, drinks, and minimal yet fun decorations. So far I’ve talked about the party plan and make-ahead menu, and Faith shared her totally delicious recipe for whipped feta dip (not to be missed!). Now it’s time to share how the low-stress party went down! Are you ready to play some board games?
Mar 26, 2014
A Small & Swanky Thanksgiving DinnerRecipes
We’re getting into the Thanksgiving mood this week, bringing you a small, swanky Thanksgiving party that I hosted in my home. So far I’ve shown you the make-ahead menu, a schedule for getting it all done, and 10 things you can be doing now to make Thanksgiving a little smoother. Now that we have all the prep out of the way, let’s party!
Nov 6, 2013
10 Things to Do Before Thanksgiving Day (Or, How I Forgot the Roasting Pan)Kitchen
I don’t want to be another in the chorus of voices implying that you should freak out about Thanksgiving. I think that as a meal it gets blown out of proportion to its actual difficulty, and it’s best approached in a relaxed frame of mind. Our small and swanky make-ahead menu emphasizes this grand holiday as the homey, fun gathering it can be. Having said that, advance preparation is the key element of every good dinner party and cheerful host.
Nov 4, 2013
A Make-Ahead Thanksgiving Menu for 8Kitchen
Thanksgiving is the most iconic of American gatherings, and when we were planning our year of Gatherings from The Kitchn, we were already thinking about this holiday and what we wanted to say. The classic image is so memorable: A sprawling family around the table, sideboards creaking under five kinds of pie and an 18-pound turkey burnished to perfection. It’s a feast to make even experienced cooks quake under the weight of expectation, tradition, and sheer logistics.
Nov 4, 2013
4 Smart Tips for Hosting a Pumpkin-Carving PartyKitchen
Pumpkin-carving parties have become an annual tradition for my friends and I. And along the way, we’ve picked up a few tips and tricks for hosting a better bash — one that provides your guests with everything they need to carve a great pumpkin, but leaves you with enough time to join in the fun. You have enough to worry about when hosting a party — you don’t need to add lugging home a trunkful of pumpkins to your prep list.
Oct 25, 2013
A Fall Pumpkin-Carving PartyKitchen
One of my favorite fall parties I ever threw was this pumpkin-carving party, co-hosted with my friend Lydia, an autumnal afternoon of carving pumpkins, sipping cider and sitting down for a romantic outdoor dinner at dusk. Today I’m going to give you a full look at how we transformed the blank slate of Lydia’s backyard into party central, with a casual pumpkin-carving zone and a cozy buffet and dining area.
Oct 23, 2013
An Outdoor Movie PartyKitchen
This week I’ve been sharing the outdoor movie party I hosted with my friend Beth, and today I’m going to give you a full look at how we transformed her tiny backyard into a cozy outdoor living room perfect for movie-watching under the stars. We wanted to give our friends the full outdoor summer movie screening experience, but with lots of homemade touches to make it more personal than the usual movie in the park.
Aug 21, 2013
A Backyard S’mores PartyKitchen
I threw a backyard s'mores party for my sister's birthday, and years later, we're all still talking about it.
Jul 31, 2013
An All-American Beer Bottling PartyKitchen
I’ve been sharing glimpses of my recent All-American Beer Bottling Party this week — the initial party plan, the tasty Honey & Chili Chicken Thighs we had for dinner, and how to bottle your own beer — and today I’m going to show you how the whole shindig came together! There were shrimp tacos to start, a batch of amber ale that got bottled, and a table full of good food to share at the end of the day.
Jun 26, 2013
A Book Club Brunch PartyKitchen
This week I’ve been sharing a spring brunch I hosted for my book club, a dressed-up daytime party spent gathered around a pretty table talking books, sipping sparkling wine cocktails and coffee, and eating quiche with friends. Here’s a look at the full party and the recipes I used, beginning with fresh strawberry-basil cocktails and ending with a buttery lemon cake with elderflower whipped cream. Can you think of a better way to spend a sunny weekend morning?
Apr 10, 2013
A Book Club BrunchKitchen
Apr 8, 2013
10 Budget Wine Picks for a Polenta DinnerGroceries
It was ‘polenta party’ time at Faith’s house last week, and she served it with a delicious dish of beef braised in red wine. My mouth is watering already. So, the big question we pondered was, what wine or rather what wines to serve alongside this robust, meaty, yet creamy dish. Here are some thoughts on how to choose wines to go with this meal, and some specific budget picks.
Mar 21, 2013
An Italian Polenta Supper PartyPeople
From dramatic polenta pouring, to bottles of red wine, to my favorite tip for keeping polenta warm and creamy for hours before dinner, here’s a peek inside this cozy supper. The best dinner parties, in my opinion, are the ones where the food is made well in advance. I shared my recipe for shredded beef in red wine with you yesterday, and this is what I made the day before the party.
Mar 20, 2013