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Author of Free-Range Kids, Lenore Skenazy thinks that many helicopter parents are less scared about what might happen to their kids if they leave them unsupervised than they are about the shaming and harassment that they might be letting themselves in for.
HGTV.ca hostess extraordinaire Rana Florida shows you how to pull off a Halloween party practically overnight.
The end of October is a beautiful time of year, when the air is crisp and the foliage is at its spectacular peak. I can't think of a better time to gather with friends around a roaring fire.
As summer slipped away this week, the air is crisp and the leaves are falling, it's the perfect time of year to entertain at home with friends over some hearty and delicious comfort foods.Entertaining doesn't have to be timely, expensive or fancy. Here are 10 tips to keep it simple yet sophisticated this season. And watch Creative Entertaining: Dinner at the Farm for more suggestions.
August is the most popular month for summer vacations, and if you are lucky, you have some friends who will invite you to visit them at their beach house, their mountain cabin, or their lakeside get-away. Before you accept their invitation, please make sure you've mastered these simple rules for house-guest etiquette, especially if you want to increase your chances of being invited again next year.
The world's oldest and most prestigious tennis tournament, Wimbledon kicked off this week gathering the world's all stars. While 15,000 spectators will gather in Center Court at the All England Club almost 400 million people around the world are expected to tune from home. So whether you're cheering for last year's reigning British champ or this year's French Open winner, what better time to don your tennis whites and host a viewing party for friends and family?
Steak on the outdoor grill: It's the iconic summer meal, and doing it to perfection is an art that every man must master. This video shows him how. Old myths are shattered as he learns how to ensure a seared outside--with perfect grill marks--and a tender and juicy inside. From choosing the right cut to letting the meat rest, Creative Entertaining makes it easy to get this classic dish just right.
Running out of ideas for keeping your kids occupied this summer? This video shows you how to set up a cooking play date that lets kids do the creating while you stealthily impart lessons on nutrition, working together, safety in the kitchen, even how to adapt a recipe. Cooking with kids is not only the best kind of teachable moment for all sorts of life-lessons; it's also more fun than any adult deserves to have.
Today is the fifth of May and that means Cinco de Mayo gatherings are in full swing. The day, to commemorate the freedom and democracy during the beginning of the American Civil War is now observed as a celebration of Mexican culture and hertigage. No other theme is more vibrant and festive. Transform any space into a Mexican sala de fiesta. Here are some creative tips to host your own Cinco de Mayo fete.
In this latest Creative Entertaining, you can find some easy tips to make your own Oscar celebration a winner.
This Creative Entertaining video suggests some different ways you can show some love, whether you're single, married, or dating this Red Hot Valentine's Day.
This latest Creative Entertaining video suggests some fun ideas to add to the fun of the 2014 Winter Olympic games.
In this latest Creative Entertaining video, here are a few suggested ways to throw your own Super Bowl party at home.
As thousands of industry execs and hundreds of headliners gather at the Staples Center in Los Angeles this Sunday evening for the 56th Annual Grammy Awards, over 26 million of us will be tuning in. What better time to host a viewing party for friends and family? In this latest Creative Entertaining video, here are some simple tips to make this star studded affair shine at home.
In this New Year, we need to change our diets and the ways we think about and consume food. But to get there, it has to be a community effort. Here are 10 ways we can all work together to create a fitter, healthier society.
Hosting a holiday gathering doesn't have to be about gourmet food and razzle-dazzle decorations. Sometimes simpler is more stylish -- and it's the most in keeping with the spirit of the season. Here are a few ideas and suggestions to help you host the perfect holiday gathering.
The traditional of Thanksgiving dinner has been celebrated since 1863. The annual feast may be fun for the guests, who get to kick back and watch the game on TV, but for the host who is preparing the turkey, the stuffing, and all the fixings, the day can seem like an endless chore. But even though the idea of planning, designing, buying, cooking, and serving may seem overwhelming, it doesn't have to be.
The frenzy of the shopping season kicks off this week, with up to 140 million people shopping over the Thanksgiving weekend from Thursday through Sunday, according to Forbes.No matter how much or how little you're planning to spend this year, I'm urging you to buy experiences rather than things. As I wrote in my book, Upgrade, most of us have more possessions than we need or want anyway.
When visitors have taken in all the art they, what else is there to do in Miami Beach during Art Basel? Here are Rana Florida's favorites.
The last day of summer is just a few days away and there's no better time to gather friends and family for the final backyard soirée of the season. It's your party--there are no hard and fast rules. Pick a theme to set the tone for the food, décor and music. These party throwers chose the regions of Marrakesh and Morocco for inspiration.
Fashion icons Kimberly Newport Mimran, President, Pink Tartan, and Joe Mimran, Creative Director, Joe Fresh, offer simple tips on how to throw a stylish black and white backyard soiree.
Entertaining expert Rana Florida threw the perfect end of summer party. Learn how to create the look!
It's summertime and everyone wants to be outside enjoying the warm weather. What's easier than gathering friends and family for a backyard BBQ? From Memorial Day to Labor Day, grilling is a hallowed summer tradition.
Summer is all about getting outdoors. Whether it is lounging around reading a good book, being active, or grilling, your outdoor space can be the perfect place to relax, have fun or entertain. With a little imagination, a touch of creativity, and some muscle an ordinary backyard space can be transformed into a magical oasis.
Throw a dreamy dinner party inspired by the sunny islands of Greece. Learn how to create the look!
Outdoor cooking and entertaining is all about getting people together, and who does that better than the Greeks? Rustic Greek food is simple, fresh, tasty and made for sharing. You can transform any backyard into a Greek Isle by serving up this splendid Mediterranean cuisine.
Whisk your guests off on a magical journey to the Greek Islands right in your own backyard. For décor, use colors that evoke the pristine waters of the Aegean Sea, deep blue with a splash of turquoise, the landscape dotted with white cubed architecture, and the fresh sea air.
The coasts of the six New England states of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut are well known for their summertime clam bakes. But you don't need an east coast beach to enjoy one. All you need is fresh seafood, a bunch of friends, and a great big pot to put on the grill.
You don't need a beach or a fire pit to host a New England style clam bake, just a BBQ grill and a large pot. What easier way is there to entertain at home than to throw a big pile of lobsters, potatoes, chicken, andouille sausage, little neck clams, cherry stone clams, shrimp, and corn on the cob on the grill?
HGTV.ca's hostess extraordinaire, Rana Florida, throws a cool, casual pizza party for family and friends.
Bring the beach to your own backyard with a seaside theme party that's oh so chic for summer. Learn how to create the look!
Why go out for pizza when you can simply turn your backyard bbq grill into a wood burning oven to get the perfect pie?
Why go out for pizza when you can convert your BBQ grill into a wood burning pizza oven for an entertaining and delicious 'make your own pizza party' right at home?
Summer is right around the corner, and we all know what that means: soon it will be time to fire up our backyard, deck, and poolside BBQs. There’s no better way to entertain friends and family on a warm summer night than with tasty food hot off the grill. Here are some hosting tips from Rana. Design and creativity are everywhere, so why not incorporate both into your entertaining?
From the Amalfi Coast and French Riveria to the California and New England coasts, there are beaches for every taste and style. Summer is almost here, so why not entertain your friends and family with a beach blast, laid back and casual yet with just the right touch of chic? It doesn't matter how far inland you are--with enough design and creativity, you can be anywhere your imagination takes you.
There's no better way to entertain friends and family on a warm summer night than with tasty food hot off the grill.Design and creativity are everywhere, so why not incorporate both into your entertaining? With a bit of imagination and these simple tips, anyone can pull it off.
In honor of the first day of spring, Rana Florida has gathered some key tips on how you can upgrade your springtime festivities. Whether entertaining a small group of friends at home or planning a major event, these simple style, design and culinary insights offer just what you need to make any occasion that much more special.
Paris Fashion Week is in its final leg. From high-heeled boots to glittery eyes, from utility belts to studded leather cone-bra shirts, the world's best designs have been strutting down the catwalks in the Tuileries Garden. The styles all vary but one star has been shining bright through it all, and that is Instagram.
Rana Florida's tips on how to throw a great election night party for the 2012 U.S. Presidential race.
As summer nights approach, many of us look forward to entertaining in our backyards. Whether it is a celebration, a dinner party or an intimate gathering of friends, it’s paramount that guests feel relaxed and welcome. One way to do this is to theme your evening.
Everyone loves tacos! From food trucks to gourmet eateries, this Mexican street snack is all the rage. So why not turn a traditional backyard BBQ into a fun and favourful authentic Mexican grill?
Richard and Rana Florida host GO WILD, an evening celebrating Toronto's Evergreen Brick Works.
Richard and Rana Florida host GO WILD, an evening celebrating Toronto's Evergreen Brick Works.