Drinks
Limoncello in a mason jar with lemons in the background
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Ah, limoncello. There's nothing like sipping on some of this good stuff on a hot summer night to make you feel like you're basking away in Italy. The good news is you don't have to go to Italy to enjoy it. (Though we wouldn't say no to that trip!) Follow this recipe to make your own, but make sure you've planned in advance — limoncello needs to steep for a total of at least 40 days. Once it's nice and zesty though, it can last for years. That is, if you don't drink it too fast!
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Serving salad at dinner table
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The best themed parties are definitely the ones that don't take themselves too seriously. After all, if your guests are already chuckling before they even arrive, you're well on your way to a great night.
Caitlin Huson
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Irish coffee was invented in — you guessed it — Ireland nearly 80 years ago, when a local chef decided that coffee is even better with a little something extra thrown in to take the chill off. (Irish whiskey, to be specific.)
Nicole Weston
above shot of clinking glasses at a dinner party
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Super yummy food? Check. Festive decor? Got it. All your best friends? You bet. But a party’s not really happening until you bump the tunes.
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Pajama Brunch: Drinks & Fun
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Once the food is all set, it's time for the cocktails. First, Mary and Dylan prepare fruit-and-herb-infused waters, a green revival smoothie as well as an impressive Bloody Mary bar. Then, Mary shows you how to make mini flower bouquets for each guest to take home.
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Entertaining at home can — and should — be a breeze! Lifestyle expert Mary Giuliani and NBC Today’s weather anchor Dylan Dreyer offer their best tips for making year-round gatherings fun and simple. Whether you’re planning a get-together for drinks, dinner or brunch, make it memorable with Mary’s most-loved recipes, decor ideas and more.
Mary Giuliani & Dylan Dreyer
Mary Giuliani & Dylan Dreyer
three orange cranberry cocktails in various glasses on a bar cart
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Cranberries and oranges may scream holiday baking, but these awesome flavors deserve to make an appearance on your cocktail cart, too. Whip up a batch of my Homemade Orange-Cranberry Vodka, then play mix master with these oh-so-festive cocktails. Bonus: This infused vodka also makes a great gift.
Nicole Weston
mason jar filled with red liquid. Top is covered with paper and a rubberband
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This year, why not trade the standard bottle of bubbly for a spirited gift you crafted yourself? Infused vodka is incredibly easy to make, plus it lasts for ages. Which means the party can live on long after the decorations come down.
Nicole Weston
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Hot Buttered Rum sounds like a cocktail straight out of a period drama — and that's exactly why we love it. Bring on the brrrrr. We're ready!
Ashley Rodriguez
toast with red wine in glasses
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Thanksgiving dinner can feel a little extra, in the best possible way. There's the turkey, the stuffing, the side dishes and the cranberry sauce — not to mention the dinner rolls, cornbread, appetizers and desserts. With so much food, it's no wonder that choosing the right wine is a little complicated.
Nicole Weston
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