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how to host a party at home with safe social distance

How to Host the Best Party at Home with Social Distance

Summer entertaining season has arrived, and yet we all have an obligation to maintain safety protocols in this era of COVID-19. So there are a bunch of new rules on how to host a party these days. Is it possible to be safe and still have fun? Not to worry. Our correspondent Julie Chang Murphy has the tips we all need on how to host the best party at home while maintaining safe social distance.

how to have a mosquito-free outdoor party

How to Make your Next Outdoor Event Mosquito-Free

A glamorous summer evening party under the stars. It sounds like a dream, right? Unfortunately, a swarm of pesky uninvited guests that can turn the whole thing into a nightmare. What’s the secret to making your outdoor living space bug-free? Our intrepid correspondent Julie Chang Murphy has done the research, and she’s sharing some environmentally-friendly ideas on how to get rid of mosquitoes. Here’s how to make your next outdoor event mosquito-free. 

the bast way to wear pearls right now

What’s the Best Way to Wear Pearls Right Now?

Clutch your pearls, dear reader. Those luminescent gems often associated with the prim and the proper are back in vogue again. First, it was Mom Jeans. Then, Dad Sneakers. And now, Grandmother’s Pearls. Our correspondent Julie Chang Murphy breaks down the style hacks, and shows us how to wear pearls right now for a look that’s chic and fresh.

learn how to create a floral arrangement at home

Learn How to Create a Stunning Floral Arrangement at Home

Lots of people are using this time of social distancing to learn a new skill or take up a new hobby. What are the best online classes in Do-it-Yourself flower arranging? Our intrepid correspondent Jillian Tangen enrolled in a course on DIY flower arranging, and now she’s sharing what she learned. Here’s how to learn the techniques to create a stunning (and relatively inexpensive) floral arrangement at home. Jillian’s results are really impressive! Yours can be, too.

how to bake one of the stunning new focaccia gardens

How to Bake One of the New Stunning Focaccia Gardens

If you thought that sourdough was the Official Baked Good of the Great Lockdown, think again. We just learned of a stunning new loaf of bread that puts sourdough to shame. Have you heard about the focaccia garden – or gardenscape? We just read about this new comfort baking trend, and we are totally enchanted. Here’s what you need to know if you’re wondering how to bake stunning focaccia gardens while you’re staying safe at home.