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 Winter Party Decorations

Decorate your home for a holiday or New Year's Eve party without overspending with our tips for cheap party decorations. All you need is some craft magic and our clever decoration ideas.

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    • Sparkling Candles

      Create a warm glow at your holiday or New Year's Eve party with a set of glitter-dusted candles. To make these cheap party decorations, brush candles with glue and roll them in a mixture of Epsom salt and glitter.

      What you need: candles, Epsom salts, glitter, glue

      Estimated cost: $12

    • Pinecone Chair Decorations

      Pinecones from your backyard make gorgeous but inexpensive party decorations. Leave them natural, or lightly spray-paint them white, and hang from chairbacks with ribbon.

      What you need: pinecones, white spray paint, ribbon

      Estimated cost: $13

    • Chalkboard Party Menu

      Give guests a head’s up on the night’s feast with an elegant chalkboard menu. We recommend trolling thrift stores for the perfect inexpensive platter to paint.

      What you need: plate, chalkboard paint, chalk

      Estimated cost: $8

    • Snowflake DIY Tablecloth

      Build a stunning snowscape on your dining table or buffet with snowflakes snipped from paper napkins. We love the contrast of red and blue, but you can choose one color to save cost.

      What you need: assorted paper napkins

      Estimated cost: $6

    • DIY Snowflake Wreath

      Inexpensive craft supplies make this DIY wreath an ideal party decoration. Bonus: The snowflake motif looks pretty all winter.

    • Wrapped Candle Centerpiece

      Wrapping paper and double-stick tape combine for the easiest party decoration ever. A plate full of glimmering candles is the only centerpiece you need.

      What you need: one roll of wrapping paper (two if you want to mix patterns), double-stick tape.

      Estimated cost: $5

    • Easy Wooden Snowflakes

      Create a party-perfect winter wonderland with sweet DIY snowflakes. Using paper or painted craft sticks and paint stirrers, as shown here, hang a grouping of snowflakes over the dining table, up the banister, or from your buffet table.

      What you need: craft sticks, white spray paint, glue

      Estimated cost: $11

    • Painted Metallic Vases

      Sparkling vases will light up your tabletop, and they’re cheap to make. Pour metallic craft paint into a vase and twirl until you get the desired coverage. 

      What you need: metallic craft paint, clear glass vase

      Estimated cost: $8

    • Floating Candle Display

      Upgrade simple floating candles with cranberries and a sprig of fresh greenery for an easy and cheap party decoration. For ultra-inexpensive options, trim the greens from your yard and use clear glasses if you don't have mason jars. 

      What you need: mason jar, fresh greens, cranberries, floating candle

      Estimated cost: $18 (for 8 candle displays)

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      Stunning Vegetable Centerpiece

      Got candles? Then a trip to the grocery store is all you need to make this unexpectedly elegant centerpiece. Wrap candles with rubber bands, and then tuck veggies into the bands. Hide the rubber bands with a green ribbon for a monochromatic look, or try a contrasting color.

      What you need: candles, assorted vegetables, ribbon

      Estimated cost: $11

    • Sweater Trees: An Adorable Christmas Centerpiece
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      Sweater Trees

      Pretty up a window or table display with DIY trees made from fuzzy recycled sweaters.

      What you need: old sweater, 1/4-inch-thick wooden dowel, sewing supplies, hot glue, polyfill, slice of wood

      Estimated cost: $5

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      Potluck-Perfect Desserts

      Share some sweets at your next get-together with our favorite potluck desserts. We have the desserts you've been dreaming of, including fresh fruit bars, chocolate brownies, and fun and easy cupcakes!
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