Category: Entertaining Tips

Maggie’s Tried-and-True Entertaining Guide

Maggie’s Tried-and-True Entertaining Guide As we all know, Maggie completely with but. I did lots of entertaining as the wife of a small-college President. From intimate dinners with colleagues to l

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A Family New Year’s Eve

A Family New Year’s Eve Maggie credits her clever friend Martha with this genius idea. Maggie and Martha were co-homeroom mothers for their daughters’ first grade class and became fast friends. Ma

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Holiday Open House for 100+ Guests

                          Holiday Open House for 100+ guests Serving food – even hors d’oeuvres – to 100 or more can be very expe

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Impromptu Ice Cream Social

Impromptu Ice Cream Social This one is really easy and economical, and will generate a lot of goodwill in your neighborhood. Invite your neighbors for an old-fashioned ice cream social on your front l

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Always Easy, Always Ready Basic Pie Crust

  Always Easy, Always Ready Basic Pie Crust No need to be afraid of making a scratch crust.  You can keep this mix on hand in an airtight container in your pantry – no refrigeration required.

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Black-and-White Brownies

Black-and-White Brownies Bottom Brownie Layer ¼ lb. Butter 1 C. Sugar 2 Eggs 2 squares melted Baking Chocolate ½ C. Flour ½ tsp. Vanilla Mix together. Beat with electric mixer until smooth and shin

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Filled Swedish Sponge Cake

Filled Swedish Sponge Cake This recipe is from Maggie’s mother. When she was small, she would help her mother with this traditional recipe. Its one saving grace is that it’s made three days ahead

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Peeps — one of the joys of Spring!

Is there anything more irresistible, more compelling than a Peep? In any of its various forms or colors? Just looking at them, all snug in their tightly packed rows, makes me smile. An entire display

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I Love Setting the Table!

I love everything about throwing any sort of dinner party; planning, invitations (old-fashioned–heavy-paper-stock-come–in-the-mail kind of invitations), shopping, cooking, hosting, and even clean-

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Surprise Fresh Strawberry Pie Party!

I recently read about a beloved small-town diner in the South – now closed – that would throw up a billboard that read: “F.H.P.I.C. – You Know Where.“ People watched and waited for this bill

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‘Downton Abbey’ Season 5 Christmas Special review

  This year’s feature-length festive special is brimming with the things we love: sumptuous dinner parties, carols by the Christmas tree in the great hall, and happily-resolved plot lines. Not

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Early Spring Dinner Party

Do you love planning and preparing for a dinner party as much as the party itself? Are you addicted to setting the table? Join me for a peek at the dining room as I get ready for an intimate dinner pa

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Join Me For Hors D’oeuvres

The candles are lit in the library and we’re waiting for the guests to arrive. Come on in!   Subscribe, Share, and stay tuned for more videos, Barb

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Make Preparing a Big Dinner a Breeze

I’m a decent cook but my real super power is organization. My goal is to limit the work of a traditional holiday meal to one day–and not work myself to the bone preparing dinner on that da

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The House is Ready for a Christmas Party

We’re hosting our annual Christmas party, and the house is all ready. Come take a look!

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