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Stressing out about cooking mini-Thanksgiving tomorrow

I'm cooking a mini-Thanksgiving for six people tomorrow, occasioned by my birthday (yesterday) and realizing that I had a turkey in the freezer from last year. Turkey is now in the fridge, thawed. But I haven't cooked a turkey or mashed potatoes in a few years, and I haven't cooked for more than 4 people in a while either, so I'm kind of freaking out. Help me plan, and suggest mashed potato and turkey recipes! [more inside]
posted by skycrashesdown on Oct 22, 2016 - 23 answers

Movie Night Nom Noms

What would you serve at a "Hunt for Wilderness" movie night other than twigs, whatever they eat in New Zealand, and Māori food? [more inside]
posted by RoadScholar on Oct 21, 2016 - 15 answers

Liquor Laboratory

Hosting a cocktail party: help with setting up a mini-bar! [more inside]
posted by Dressed to Kill on Jan 29, 2016 - 20 answers

Dinner Party for my Book Club? (Difficulty Level: Hong Kong)

It's my turn to prepare dinner for my book club, but my challenge is my apartment is way too small to have all 7 members in my home at once. Instead, I'm planning to use a small common space for parties available on the ground floor of my apartment building. This is fine, but it means I will need to carry whatever I make up and down from my apartment in the elevator. Can you help me brainstorm an easy vegetarian starter, main course, and side dish which can be tasty given these conditions? [more inside]
posted by frumiousb on Sep 22, 2015 - 13 answers

Speed cleaning for dummies

Omg, AskMe! I have a very important visitor coming over for dinner tonight. The house is reasonably tidy but I haven't cleaned cleaned in . . . a while. I will have about an hour between dinner prep and guest arrival; what high-impact cleaning tasks should I blitz through to make it SEEM like I am a Clean Person? [more inside]
posted by peachfuzz on Sep 3, 2015 - 26 answers

Little big food

I want your best tried-and-true recipes for BIG versions of snack foods. Supersize me! [more inside]
posted by peachfuzz on Jun 11, 2015 - 11 answers


My new favorite way to entertain is what we're affectionately calling cocktail club—a casual drop-in thing with a cocktail of the night and snacks. The cover charge is limes and lemons. Usually 4-6 people are present at any given time. We do it every week, sometimes a couple times a week, and it is the best. I need more ideas for cocktails, foods, and making it THE BEST EVER! [more inside]
posted by peachfuzz on May 4, 2015 - 42 answers

Ideas for a large-ish dinner party (10 to 15)

I'm making a birthday dinner party for my sister (early 50s). The party is also to celebrate a significant achievement of hers so will include more than the usual family members; there will be anywhere from 10 to 15 people, half of whom I don't know well or at all. I'm a good and experienced cook, and I'm very comfortable in the kitchen, but I'm used to cooking for smaller groups. I need ideas! [more inside]
posted by primate moon on Mar 4, 2014 - 15 answers

EZ-pour wine decanter?

I find wide-bottomed decanters hard to pour from, especially when I'm sitting at a table. Can you recommend one that's not too heavy and can safely be used even by clumsy people? [more inside]
posted by wryly on Nov 29, 2013 - 8 answers

Party games suck, right?

My experience has been that party games are usually pretty lame. We're having a Halloween party for about 40 people, though, and I like the idea of having miscellaneous "areas" set up throughout the house (it's a big house) with various activities to help keep things light and entertaining... [more inside]
posted by richmondparker on Oct 17, 2013 - 17 answers

Litte Miss Hospitality: Help Me Host Better Get-Togethers

You know those people who have a knack for entertaining? Not so much people who plan elaborate events and always make sure there's guest towels in the bathroom and enough ice when they host parties (although that's great) I’m talking about the folks who you have a great night hanging out with even if you've just turned up semi-unexpectedly and wind up staying for take-away pizza? How do they do that? What are the best ways to create a sense of occasion and make guests feel welcome? [more inside]
posted by rockpaperdynamite on Sep 11, 2013 - 26 answers

Mindlessly amusing myself with curiosity

I want to go about finding entertaining, engaging, intelligent things I can read about subjects I know nothing about. Ideally, I want a source of these things which will reliably send me off in directions I'm completely unfamiliar with, rather than just new sources which cover individual specific subjects. But it has to be enjoyable, even somewhat mindless reading – think Cracked or Buzzfeed. Does anything like this exist? Are there good places online for me to stimulate myself when I'm in that mindless time-killing mood?
posted by Rory Marinich on Jul 9, 2013 - 30 answers

What to do with a 4 year-old in Toronto this weekend?

My wife and I are taking care of our out-of-town niece, who is a month short of her fourth birthday, this weekend (and possibly our nephew, who is six months younger). We don't have kids of our own, so we're kind of clueless about how to entertain children that age. What are some fun and not-too-expensive kid-friendly things to do in Toronto this weekend? [more inside]
posted by The Card Cheat on Feb 15, 2013 - 13 answers

Canapes & Logistics

Canapes & Logistics: how to create a great, professional party in limited space [more inside]
posted by Marzipan on Aug 27, 2012 - 7 answers

101 Ways to Entertain a 6 Year Old

In a couple of weeks, I'm going to be babysitting my 6-year-old nephew for several days. What are some fun ways I can keep him entertained at home? [more inside]
posted by raztaj on Aug 23, 2012 - 20 answers

For Football Foodies

Help me win my office's Super Bowl snack contest. [more inside]
posted by Doleful Creature on Jan 26, 2012 - 32 answers

How much food do I need for my party?

Open House food for 70: enough! or too much? [more inside]
posted by jrochest on Dec 5, 2011 - 13 answers

Candle: thoughtful or crude?

Is it thoughtful or vulgar to leave a candle burning in the guest bathroom when you entertain? [more inside]
posted by Morrigan on Nov 28, 2011 - 79 answers

Dinner at the Dork's

Need menu ideas for casual-but-special food that can easily be eaten off paper plates held on laps. [more inside]
posted by Serene Empress Dork on Sep 27, 2011 - 25 answers

Dear friend, here's the card for a babysitter. The party's on Saturday night.

Miss Manners Filter: How can I diplomatically mention to friends that their infants are not welcome at my upcoming birthday celebration? [more inside]
posted by stellaluna on Aug 9, 2011 - 96 answers

Help me find the perfect cookbook...for myself.

I need a cookbook recommendation. My mum would like to buy me one for Christmas, but I'm having problems choosing. I'm pretty picky. [more inside]
posted by ms.v. on Dec 7, 2010 - 30 answers

Mashed yams and Tim Tams?

"American Thanksgiving" in Melbourne, Australia -- for a few Americans and a bunch of new Aussie friends who have never celebrated, but want to help with the cooking. How should I use the next few days to prepare? A few of the difficulties: I've never hosted Thanksgiving before, in ANY country. I'm not sure how to best coordinate the pot-luck aspect -- trying to shape a decent team-effort menu would be wise. I'm not even sure where the best place is to buy a turkey. Bonus points for menu suggestions that add Aussie flair to the American holiday (let's put kangaroo in SOMETHING), or that go over-the-top American (who says we can't have turkey AND bacon cheeseburgers?). [more inside]
posted by adamk on Nov 21, 2010 - 27 answers

Awesome podcasts?

I'm looking for some really captivating, funny, and/or interesting podcasts to keep me occupied during a long, boring commute. [more inside]
posted by windbox on Jun 26, 2010 - 47 answers

Long haul flight advice for travelling with young kids – help me keep my sanity!

Long haul flight advice for travelling with young kids – help me keep my sanity! [more inside]
posted by blacksky on Jun 13, 2010 - 23 answers

Parties/entertaining for dummies

Parties 101: What do I need to know about hosting a successful party? Not a dinner party, not a crazy late-night drinking party, but something in-between. [more inside]
posted by EmilyClimbs on Apr 16, 2010 - 22 answers

Fool-Proof Receipes for Entertaining

My wife and I love to have dinner parties, but the stress of figuring out the menu and preparing the meal often overshadows the fun of the event (and thus makes us not want to entertain as much). I'd like to have a short list of go-to meals that we could pull together with little stress and with little notice. Any recipes that you'd care to share? [more inside]
posted by hawkeye on Feb 26, 2010 - 42 answers

Can we hold a party for 50 in a two bedroom apartment?

Is it a bad idea to try to hold an engagement party with 50-70 guests in a two-bedroom apartment? [more inside]
posted by Clambone on Jan 14, 2010 - 35 answers

Creative ideas for a party

What short, creative performances can guests put on at my party to entertain themselves? [more inside]
posted by Kateruba on Dec 1, 2009 - 11 answers

Help me find simple recipes for discussion evenings

On a regular basis, I'm going to be having informal discussion evenings in my home, with two to four people at each one. They (and I) need to eat dinner, but the focus of the evening isn't the food. I'm looking for food ideas that meet a number of criteria, and trying to figure out more variety. [more inside]
posted by modernhypatia on Nov 18, 2009 - 16 answers

Come on over and have all this fun

Tips for entertaining: I'd like to have more friends over to my apartment, but it's boring in here! [more inside]
posted by neca on Oct 22, 2009 - 38 answers

My first 'proper' dinner party with family, what should I serve?

My first 'proper' dinner party with family, what should I serve? [more inside]
posted by JoannaC on Oct 3, 2009 - 21 answers

September dinner party ideas

Late summer dinner party ideas? [more inside]
posted by rossination on Aug 26, 2009 - 8 answers

An Introvert's Hosting Survival Guide Needed.

How can an introvert survive and hopefully thrive while entertaining short to medium term house guests? (Long term being out of the freaking question!) [more inside]
posted by srboisvert on Jun 8, 2009 - 20 answers

What are some good meals to cook for dinner parties/groups of people?

What are some good meals to cook for dinner parties/groups of people? What are some good cooking tips for the same? [more inside]
posted by Hartster on Mar 9, 2009 - 28 answers

How to kick guests out at a reasonable time?

I love entertaining at home, but I also love going to bed. How do I encourage my guests to leave at a reasonable time? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 14, 2008 - 37 answers

Where to feed and entertain children in Toronto

Where do two foodies take a family with children in Toronto? And once we've eaten, what are the must see places for boys, 6 and 8? [more inside]
posted by gesamtkunstwerk on Jul 19, 2008 - 8 answers

Preparing Pantry for Parties

I'm looking for ideas for simple, make-ahead pantry-stocking recipes for things I can use as appetizers or nibbles -- spiced nuts, marinated olives, etc. I'd ideally like things I don't need to refrigerate (although I do know how to can things), but I'm also thinking of some made-ahead-and-frozen cheese cracker dough as well; I'd also like things that keep a while. I'd love to be able to just pull some crackers and bread out, grab a couple jars, and there it all is. [more inside]
posted by EmpressCallipygos on May 19, 2008 - 11 answers

Am I "one cupcake short of a baker's dozen?"

1 Cupcake short of a Baker's Dozen...or how to arrange 12 cupcakes on a circular plate. [more inside]
posted by richmondparker on Apr 8, 2008 - 13 answers

Retro-Future Party Foods

Dear Ask Metafilter: I'm searching for recipes from the future of the past. [more inside]
posted by hilatron on Nov 29, 2007 - 24 answers

What is a vegan dessert that tastes like real food?

Help me make a vegan friendly desert that doesn't taste like substitute food! [more inside]
posted by BobbyDigital on Oct 7, 2007 - 43 answers

How to impress my foodie friends?

My friends are really into good food, good wine, good conversation. How can I throw a dinner party that will knock them off their feet? I am reasonably comfortable in the kitchen, and generally don't have a problem finding decent recipes. I want the party to seem effortless and casual, like it's not something I spent all of Saturday working on, but leaves them desperate for an invite to the next one. Give me your tips!!
posted by ms.v. on Sep 3, 2007 - 19 answers

Set all the dinner tables the same?

I'm going to be doing some large group entertaining in the near future and I'm curious how to go about making sure all the tables look exactly the same for that "wow" impact when people walk into the room. Are there any tips and techniques for helping keep all the tables look the same even when using several people to set them all?
posted by riverjack on Apr 1, 2007 - 12 answers

I want to entertain you!

Guitar playing (and guitar listening for those who dont play) What are some good songs to entertain on the guitar that do not require singing that are comperable to 'Little Martha' by the Allman Brothers? [more inside]
posted by comatose on Feb 20, 2007 - 19 answers

Ribs-for-football-game recipe needed.

Nothing better accompanies the StuporBowl than a huge pile of ribs. My problem: I need a great ribs recipe. [more inside]
posted by docgonzo on Feb 1, 2007 - 17 answers

Party like it's 1956? Help plan my retro New Year's shindig.

Party like it's 1956? Help plan my retro New Year's shindig. [more inside]
posted by libraryhead on Dec 20, 2006 - 13 answers

Tips for planning a party of 25 people at home

I want to throw my first major party and I need tips on fitting 25+ people into an apartment. [more inside]
posted by madman on Dec 1, 2006 - 19 answers

When clowns and pony rides aren't enough, then what?

I'm looking for easy outdoor party themes and ideas. Do you have a memory of a good outdoor party? What makes an outdoor gathering memorable for you? [more inside]
posted by FunkyHelix on May 13, 2006 - 21 answers

How do you impress your dinner guests?

Dinner Parties! I'm looking for impressive recipes. How did you last knock your guests' socks off? A few minor restrictions and links to previous great threads inside. [more inside]
posted by CunningLinguist on Nov 27, 2005 - 18 answers

What should I do for my 30th birthday?

I'm turning 30 in October, and I want to do something interesting to celebrate. However, I don't want to make the guests have to spend a lot of money or travel long distances, and they are of varying ages and physical limitations. I'm thinking of something along the lines of "How to Host a Murder," but I'm open to pretty much anything. [more inside]
posted by exceptinsects on Apr 25, 2005 - 4 answers

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