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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Garden Party Ideas

Spring and summer are the seasons to refresh, renew, and celebrate. Toast the season in style with our sweet garden party ideas -- from elegant place settings to party favors that grow.

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    • Spring Bulbs Table Settings

      Spring blooms, like the potted hyacinths shown here, inspired the tablescape for this simple outdoor garden party. Guests can take the pots home post-party and plant the bulbs when they're done flowering.

      Download the FREE party-planning kit + seed packet party favors.
    • Spring Flower Centerpiece

      Create a sumptuous centerpiece with airy ferns and soft spring blooms. A rustic piece of pottery makes an elegant vessel.

    • Seed Packet Party Favors

      Send your guests home with the promise of freshly grown flowers. These cute seed packets are easy to make -- and they make great party favors, too! We chose zinnia seeds, which are simple to grow.

      Get the seed packet pattern.
    • Springtime Celebration

      There's no better way to celebrate spring than with a fern-inspired fete. A couple super-simple projects plus a delicious thyme-infused cocktail and spring has sprung!

      Download The FREE Party Kit
    • Pretty Cheese Appetizers

      Colorful, edible flowers, such as nasturiums and cornflowers, transform purchased cheese wheels into elegant party food. You can find edible flowers in your grocery store or online at melissas.com.

    • Choose Nature-Inspired Dinnerware

      Set your table by mixing fresh blues and greens with natural tones and textures. Delicate blue-and-white china plates with a floral pattern create gorgeous contrast against the wide wooden chargers. Blue-tinged clear glasses keep the look light and fresh while adding a hint of color.

    • Spring-Fresh Fruits as Appetizers

      Pair juicy figs and yellow grapes with crisp crackers for your garden feast. We love how deep purple figs complement the golden grapes on the platter.

    • Natural Bulb Decorations

      Sphagnum moss forms an earthy but stunning nest for colorful bulbs on the table. Let guests take the bulbs home when the party's over.

    • Fern Table Setting

      Keep your spring party light and airy with linen table coverings and clear glass containers. The glass vessels create a modern look that shows off the flowers and plants. Each is made with a bit of dirt and pretty ferns underneath a glass cloche. Fill the spaces between the cloches with roses floating in water.

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      Fern and Quote Place Setting

      Forgo standard place cards in favor of quotes or sayings about the season. Pair the note with a sprig of fern at each place setting.

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      Apple-Lime Coolers

      Apple-Lime Coolers hit the spot for a spring-fresh libation. To make homemade swizzle sticks, cut leaf shapes (get the patterns, below) from decorative paper and hot-glue to bamboo appetizer sticks.

      Apple-Lime Coolers: In a large pitcher, mix 3/4 cup lime juice (6 limes); simple syrup (recipe, below); 1-1/2 cup rum; 1 to 2 green apples, cored and thinly sliced; and 1 to 2 limes, thinly sliced. Add ice. Stir. Serve in glasses topped with chilled club soda. Serves 8.

      Simple Syrup: Bring 2 cups water and 2 cups sugar to a boil. Reduce heat, simmer 5 minutes, and let cool. Makes about 3 cups.

      Get our free pattern for the swizzle sticks.
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      Paper Wall Medallions

      Create gorgeous pleated paper medallions that look like big blooms. Arrange different-size medallions into a collage. For additional decoration, wrap books in the springy papers.

      To make the paper medallions:

      1. Cut a strip of decorative paper; the wider the strip, the larger the medallion will be. (Our strips range from about 2-3/4 to 5 inches wide and about 20 inches long.)
      2. Score the strip every 1/4 to 1/2 inch. Use scissors and punches -- decorative or regular -- to trim one of the long edges, which will become the outside edge of the medallion. (We varied the designs: scallops, points, and fringe with holes punched in the fringe.)
      3. Accordion-fold the scored lines.
      4. Glue the short ends together, forming a tube. (For best results, use fast-drying paper glue, such as Zip Dry.) Gently flatten the tube to form the medallion, gluing in the center to secure.
      5. Embellish the center of the medallion with a paper circle. Use a circle punch, or cut circles with scissors using a drinking glass, cookie cutter, or other round object as a template.
      6. Punch a small hole in the top of the medallion. Thread string, ribbon, or fishing line through to hang. Or, for a collage, hot-glue balsa wood strips to the backs to connect several medallions.
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      Fern Centerpiece Display

      Ruffled bird's nest fern fronds from the florist compose an unexpected bouquet. Single plant fronds of any type work just as well when bunched together to fill out the container and stand upright. Ferns are a good way to stretch your budget, and they last much longer than flowers.

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      Plant Party Favors

      Before guests get going, get them growing. A potted seedling -- a fern, an herb, or a sunflower -- makes a fun little growing-season favor. A lollipop stick bearing a message finishes the gift.

      Get our free pattern for the plant markers.
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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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