Host an Outdoor Dinner Party This Spring

As the weather gets warmer and the days get longer, you’ll want to get together with your friends more often and enjoy the mild weather. Middle to late spring is a great time to host a fun and fancy outdoor dinner party. You can transform your backyard into a beautiful garden venue for a lovely […]

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Three Easy and Unforgettable Spring Party Ideas

After a long and bitter cold winter, it’s time to celebrate warm weather and all of these budding blossoms. It’s time to get your friends out of hibernation and enjoy some sunshine. A lot of people have garden parties this time of year, but those aren’t the only springtime parties and events you can host. […]

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How to Brighten Up Your Party Space

It’s spring! We’ve sprung ahead. We’re not getting up for work in the dark anymore. The days are getting longer. We’re ready to break out of our winter coats and end our social hibernations. It’s time for garden parties, grilling out, and sitting on the patio late into the evening with friends and family. If […]

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Eavesdropping On Your Guests To Ensure Party Success

As the host or event facilitator, you should always be scanning your crowd to ensure that the party or event is unfolding at a good pace. When I host mystery events, during the “investigation” portion of the evening, I am constantly circulating, checking to see if my suspects have a drink and that the “buzz” in the room […]

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Creating Your Party Agenda

We always focus on the planning part of throwing a party or event ? Everything that is before the party, but rarely do we focus on what happens while the party is going on. The truth is, we can plan everything down to the detail, but the party is actually about what happens at the party ? […]

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Hosting a Small Party

It’s birthday season in our house. For the month of January, I am kept on my toes arranging birthday parties for my two sons, one of whom was born in January, and the other whose birthday falls almost exactly a month after, in February. I’m lucky, because my children are still so small that as long as there […]

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Holiday Entertaining with an Open House

The holidays are upon us, and even though there is no snow outside my window, I can’t help but want to write about all thinks sparkly, green and red! Often, I talk to hosts who are intimidated by the idea of having a large party around the holidays. Things are already so stressful, they tell […]

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Tips for Throwing a Party In Honour of Someone Special

  One of my favorite aspects of being the Shot In The Dark Murder Mystery Games Mystery Maiden is designing personalized games for special events and parties. Usually, my clients ask me to design a game to surprise a loved one during an event held in their honor. A party in someone’s honor is much […]

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Hostess Gifts: Selecting A Gift That Will Garner Appreciation, Not Dust.

    It’s only good manners to bring something when you’re a guest in someone’s home. Manners and good breeding aside though, buying that gift, especially if you don’t know your host very well, can be daunting. Here are some tips to keep in mind in order to give a gift that will end up […]

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August’s Featured Host: Annette Preston of Hearty Fayre

    We are excited to announce our Featured Host for August: Annette Preston of Hearty Fayre! Annette has been cooking for more than 40 years. She grew up in a family restaurant business and started working in the kitchen at the age of 12. She went on to Chef’s school and earned her culinary […]

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