Time to party! Look here for great ideas for entertaining -- indoors and out. Whether it's party recipes, party decorating ideas, or great themes and recipes for birthdays and baby showers, this collection of ideas for entertaining guests will inspire you to throw a party this weekend. A birthday is one of the most popular occasions for a party. Check out our birthday ideas -- including birthday party favors, cake recipes for boys and girls, game ideas, and fun birthday traditions. If you're giving or heading to a baby shower, check out our great ideas. A baby shower party is all about the new mom and dad -- pamper them with cute gifts and nibble on delicious light bites related to your party theme. Sometimes parties are best as casual get-togethers. Invite friends over for a weeknight grill-out, a low-key potluck, or a wine-and-cheese party. Each gathering ignites conversation and is sure to create memories of a fun-filled evening. If you're not hosting, peruse our potluck recipes and hostess gifts to show your thanks for the party invitation.


Birthday Party Ideas
DIY Photo Booth

Set up your own -- because models can't have all the fun!

Creative Cake Ideas

Cool ideas for flavors, colorful candies, and toppers.

Girly Party Themes

Pick your theme: cupcake, Parisian, tea party, and more!

November Entertaining: Pick Your Party
Painting Party

Party colorfully with an afternoon of cocktails + painting.

Harvest Party

Grab your sweaters and get cozy with soup and sweets.

Tailgate Party

Huddle up! It's time to rethink your tailgating game.

Cider + Cheese

Foodie friends will love these delish cider-and-cheese pairings.

Thanksgiving Dinner: Pick Your Menu

QUIZ: Which menu best fits your style?


Quick-to-fix: cook less, celebrate more.


A menu that's both easy and extravagant.


Fun, seasonal recipes from the magazine.

Top Stories in Entertaining
Party Recipes
  • Quick and Easy Party Foods

    Fill your table with these fabulous finger foods that your guests are sure to love.

  • Easy Party Dips

    It's not a party without a good dip! Here are our best party dip recipes.

  • Our Best Game-Day Snack Recipes

    Your house will be the hot spot to watch the big game when you serve these delicious starters, snacks, and dips.

  • Easy Slow Cooker Appetizers

    Want to throw a party without the worry of getting stuck in the kitchen? Try one of these slow cooker recipes.

  • Party-Ready Finger Food Ideas

    These bite-size snacks and sweets are easy to make and easy to eat. Your guests will be begging for the recipes.

  • Potluck-Perfect Desserts

    Find the perfect potluck dessert recipe in this collection of fresh ideas for brownies, bars, and more.

  • Healthy Potluck Recipes

    Looking to bring something a little healthier to the table? These taste-tested recipes are sure to be a hit.

Tips & Tricks
Theme Ideas
Birthday Ideas
Wedding Ideas



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