How to Host a Mahjong Gathering

As you may know, I’m a huge fan of Mahjong. I have a group of women I meet with regularly to play, and I always eagerly anticipate these games (and the accompanying gab sessions). We usually meet mid-day, and when I host I try to serve a lunch that’s festive but not fussy—so we can … Continue Reading

Food Swaps for a Healthy New Year

You’re probably trying to eat more healthfully this month (I know I am) whether to lose weight gained over the holidays or just to kick off 2015 on a healthy note. Since diets just make us feel deprived, I think it’s better to focus on smart food swaps rather than on eating less. Here are … Continue Reading

How to Entertain with Children

Throwing a party for both adults and kids is great fun—there’s a vibrant energy to multi-generational gatherings. But it can be stressful to entertain multiple age groups. Here are a few ideas for keeping kids happy (and out of their parents’ hair) at parties: Offer kid-friendly finger food: As you know, kids can be picky … Continue Reading

How to Stock Enough Food and Drink for a Party

When you’re planning a cocktail party, it’s easy to stress out about whether you have enough food and drink.  Nothing is worse than running out before the end of the party, but then you don’t want to blow your budget and be left with tons of leftovers either.  Here are a few pointers I’ve picked … Continue Reading