Entertaining

Jul 25

Architect Bill Ingram Shares His Inspiration for the 2016 Southern Living Idea House

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Architect Bill Ingram in his space designed for the 2016 Southern Living Idea House

This year’s 2016 Southern Living Idea House is a celebration of the magazine’s 50th anniversary. Set in Southern Living’s hometown of Birmingham, AL, and built from the ground up by a team of designers with roots in the south, this year’s house celebrates traditional southern design with modern detail.

We chatted with the mastermind behind the home, architect Bill Ingram, to find out how the history of the iconic magazine inspired his designs.

 
Jul 1

Summer Bucket List: Blackberry Fence Hopper

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Recipe for blackberry fence hopper cocktail

We love trying new cocktails during the summer. With all of the fresh berries and herbs in the garden, it’s the perfect time to spice up your cocktail hour, and there’s nothing more reminiscent of hot summer days outside than freshly picked blackberries. Why not shake up a Blackberry Fence Hopper from Eric Prum and Josh Williams’ book of cocktails, shake?

 
Jun 28

9 Ways to Add Extra Seating to Your Outdoor Space

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9 Ways to Add Extra Seating to your outdoor space

Deciding on layouts  and floor plans is one of the most common questions we get here on How to Decorate, and we totally understand! With so many different furniture options, it can feel overwhelmingly to work lots of seating into your outdoor space without crowding up your whole yard. That’s why we like to use clever ideas to add more seating, without taking up tons of space. Here are our best ideas for versatile adding seating to your outdoor room:

 
Jun 21

10 Ways to Serve Drinks at Your Next Outdoor Party

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10 ways to serve drinks at your next outdoor party

Send out an evite, pull out your favorite cocktail napkins, and crank up the music. We think it’s time to throw a backyard party! The first order of business? Set up the bar — or at least figure out where you’re going to serve the drinks. After all, it’s the first place people gravitate towards when they come over. We’ve got 10 ideas for setting up a drink station … and no, it doesn’t include a plastic cooler on the back porch.

 
Jun 14

Quiz: What’s Your Signature Summer Cocktail?

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What should your signature summer cocktail be?

Summer is that magical time of year that feels so nostalgic, so adventurous, and so relaxing at the same time. It’s the perfect time of year to take in your world, enjoy the company of family and friends, and recharge your batteries. Whether you’re on vacation, hosting an outdoor party, or just kicking your feet up by the pool, we love the idea of having a signature cocktail that embodies the season. We’re helping pick your next favorite with our new quiz.

 
Jun 6

Get the Look: Eddie Ross’ Dining Room

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If you saw our Summer 2016 catalog, we bet you couldn’t help but swoon over the dining room designed by Entertaining Expert and Better Homes & Gardens Editor, Eddie Ross. This colorful space featured Square Back Louis Chairs in a vibrant red and magenta animal print, peony pink curtain panels, and bold art. We thought we’d share how to get this look in your own home.

 
Jun 3

Recipe: Schaum Meringue Torte

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Dennis Dean's summer meringue torte recipe

We believe that no dinner is complete without a little something sweet. And Atlanta caterer Dennis Dean certainly delivered a sweet after dinner finale that we’re happy to share with you. You can make the torte the night before and simply pile on the berries and whipped cream right before serving. Find the recipe below: