DIY Drink Stations (Cheers!)

Our favorite party trend? Creative DIY drink stations that let party-goers play mixologist. We're sharing our favorite beverage stations, including an infused vodka station, a mojito station, and more. Once you set out the listed supplies, you're all ready to party!

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Birthday Party Hat Cakes -- Made In a Muffin Tin!

Baked in basic muffin tins (really!), these adorable birthday-hat shape cakes would be the hit of any birthday party.

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Throw a Fancy Dinner Party

Good food, good drinks, good company -- key elements for a great dinner party. Our foolproof plan for throwing an elegant dinner party includes tips for pairing wine, setting the table, and preparing a menu so you can be the host(ess) with the mostest.

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Our Latest Party Recipes

The latest recipes from the pages of Better Homes and Gardens are here, and we're thinking breakfast! Whether you're hosting a Sunday brunch or eating on the go, we have fresh, inventive recipes. Plus, we're sharing weeknight dinners and new takes on grapes.

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Fireside Cocktail Party

Blogger and entertaining expert Erin Gleeson shares her secrets and recipes for the coziest fireside cocktail party. It's time to say so long to summer, hello to fall.

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30 Minutes to Cheers! Throw an Impromptu Party (Really)

Quick! You've got 30 minutes to host a party. It's easier than you think to make the whole affair look like Betty Draper spent days planning it. Fake it 'til you make it with our DIY party tips, quick party recipes, and easy drink ideas.

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Birthday Idea! So-Easy Cookie Cakes

Three cookies plus three frosting colors stack to create an adorable birthday dessert that doesn't have to be shared.

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Cheap Outdoor Party Ideas

Throw an outdoor party on a budget -- we have paper decorations, easy snack ideas, and even a fun dip-dye technique that transforms dollar-store napkins into perfect party accessories.

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    • Throw an Inexpensive Party

      By focusing your party on a few snacks and a simple color scheme executed with patterned paper and pretty, inexpensive napkins, you can throw an outdoor fiesta on a budget. Get our how-to techniques and patterns to complete a handful of hanging medallions, fans, and dip-dyed napkins.

    • Make: Paper Medallions

      Hang these large fold-em-up paper medallions over the featured table to create a more intimate atmosphere. Match them to your color scheme and vary the size -- they're sure to be a conversation starter.

    • Make: Paper Fans

      Accordion-folded fans keep you cool and make cool decorations. Stick them in a box filled with sand for a DIY party centerpiece.

    • Make: Dip-Dye Napkins

      Use our easy-peasy dip-dye technique to jazz up basic cloth napkins. The same $10 technique works to create a cotton table runner or place mats.


      To make the napkins:

      1. Follow the package directions for fabric dye. Add 2 cups warm water to each of 3 deep bowls (stainless steel or glass). Add 1 cup dye solution to the first bowl; 1/2 cup solution to the second; 1/4 cup solution to the third.

      2. Dip a folded white cotton napkin into the weakest dye solution, leaving the top section undyed. Leave in solution about 15-30 seconds. Squeeze to drain excess dye. Continue by dipping napkin at a lesser depth in each of the heavier solutions to achieve an ombre effect.

    • Watch: Our Dip-Dye Tutorial!

      See our dip-dye technique in action, then use it to turn dollar-store napkins and table runners into showstopping party decor.

    • Make: Candleholders

      Give jars a bright makeover with a quick coat of transparent paint. Mix and match shades for easy (and inexpensive!) mood lighting.

    • Decorate: Bandannas

      Basic bandannas make a beautiful table runner when layered with grocery-store flowers. We love a combo of crisp white and blue.

    • Make: DIY Party Favors

      Send guests home with a jar of homemade maple mustard and they'll be thanking you all grilling-season long.

    • Make: Wine Labels

      Sip on the cheap! Disguise an inexpensive bottle of wine with our personalized wine wrap.

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      Serve: Watermelon Punch

      Watermelon is in season and on sale. Blend with white grape juice, lime, and mint for a refreshingly sweet summer drink.

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      Serve: Cheesy Snack Mix

      Budget-friendly bites like cheese crackers, rice cereal, and shoestring potatoes are perfect for this quick snack mix.

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      Serve: Caramel Popcorn

      Your guests will gobble up this salty-sweet blend. This big-batch recipe can be customized with any nut you like!

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      Serve: BBQ Potato Chip Crunch Dog

      Homemade sauce makes hot dogs totally party-worthy. Top with crushed chips just before serving for extra crunch.

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      Serve: Deviled Egg Macaroni Pasta Salad

      Pantry staples like pasta, eggs, and mayo make for one amazing pasta salad.

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      Serve: Frozen Cocktail Treats

      Put the "aah" in August (or any other warm-weather month) with these cool-off cocktails. These adult-only sippers are served frozen and in glasses so you don't miss a drop.

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      Serve: Peanut Butter Brownies

      Who says brownies have to be basic? Beat the box with our incredible peanut butter bars.

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      Visual Party Menus

      Visual party menus ahead! When it comes to throwing a party, we're just here for the food. Get photos of our favorite styled party menus, plus recipes, party tips, and serving ideas. No matter the occasion, we've got party-ready food spreads!
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