Will your family celebrate the holiday season with a party?
It's an occasion that can fluster the most experienced hostess--and if you're new to the art form, you can experience a royal case of the jitters.
We've got some tips and printable planning pages that will get you started, but throwing a party is a learning experience.
That's why I want to tell you about my birthday party a couple of years ago. It was a surprise, cooked up by my sweet but not domestic husband.
A few days before, we'd been talking, idly, about birthdays. I realized aloud that I'd not had a birthday party since I was 15, not to mention a birthday cake. Over the years, I'd become the party giver, never the guest of honor.
Doctor Steve decided to fix things. First, he did something smart: he went to see Joyce, our area's premier party diva. She advised him to have a little dessert party. A cake, some cheese, keep it simple, she said.
I'm not sure she realized how literally he would take her words.