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Hosting a holiday party can be stressful, but if you follow these tips from a professional host-er you might actually enjoy yourself.
I love hosting holiday parties whether it’s a potluck with friends, a cocktail party for colleagues or even a family feast. Over the years I’ve learned one of the best party food hacks around can be found in frozen puff pastry dough.
One of my earliest memories is making spritz cookies with my grandmother for Christmas, the palm trees glittering with lights and the warm breeze a welcome change from the Colorado snow (white Christmases are overrated, in my opinion: the only white I want to see at Christmastime is sugar.)
We’ve shared how to brew a great French press coffee(Opens in a new window), but have you ever thought about using your French press to make a cocktail? From tea-infused toddies to fruit-infused sangria, using a French press(Opens in a new window) makes
Dinner's done and the dishes are stacked in the kitchen; you're in the middle of cutting four different kinds of pie and scooping ice cream when panic strikes. What to do about coffee? No fear: With a little bit of advance planning and taking stock of what your guests will want caffeine-wise, you can easily prep the perfect mug for everyone at the dinner table—which hopefully will keep your guests awake long enough to help with the clean-up.
Do you ever get so busy cooking your holiday meals that you completely forget about appetizers? This happens in our house all the time and we end up with chips and salsa or a sad cheese plate as our pre-dinner snacking spread. One of my goals for the holidays this year is to come up with as many make-head dishes as possible so I can spend the day-of enjoying my family and friends rather than stressed out and stuck in the kitchen.
We all know that on Thanksgiving, more than any other holiday, the focus is food. As important as flavor and juiciness are (very!), a fantastic-looking spread takes the whole experience to the next level. Imagine your guests posting Instagram pics of your turkey and tablescape in addition to the obligatory family shots. Hearts galore!
At OXO, we’re fortunate to work with talented people of all stripes, but the woman behind the tantalizing, drool-worthy, thumb-stopping
Father’s Day is my favorite day of the year. This is not because it is a day dedicated to the awesomeness of me, but rather a celebration of us. My day includes friends, family, relaxing and time to be with the people who matter the most. It also consistently occurs the week before both of my children’s birthdays — Kayleigh, 10 and Maxwell, 6 — and is the perfect kickoff to summer. Instead of snoozing and waiting for breakfast in bed, my Father’s Day tradition is outlined here.
Parents have tough jobs. We know it - we’ve studied and dedicated ourselves to making their lives better every day by solving challenges they face: Wrestling with a stroller while holding a squirming baby. Cleaning the nooks and crannies of sippy cups. Making and storing baby food. Needless to say, we’re big fans of celebrating Mother’s Day to honor and show appreciation for all the moms out there. We spoke to OXOnians, some moms, some not, to find out how they celebrate Mother’s Day and to get ideas for what to do
The holiday season comes on strong in early November with the inevitable Thanksgiving plans, Christmas card writing, and holiday gift lists. Add a baby (and not as much sleep as we’d like) into the mix and you’ve got a potential recipe for a very stressed out family. So this year, my husband and I sat down to scheme up some strategies to avoid that stress and simply enjoy more time together as a family.
To help make your holiday entertaining go smoothly, we asked what tools experts use and can’t live without at the holidays.
The holidays were big in my family and ritual and tradition were always important. So when we had our son last year, I knew I wanted to keep some of those traditions alive, but even more importantly, I wanted to create our own. Of course, time is scarce with a young baby and the holidays come and go in a blur, but there were a few things we found helpful that we’ll be sure to do again this year: