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The Prettiest Desserts to Make This Spring

by in Entertaining, In Season, March 27th, 2016

italian cream cakeSunny skies call for bright and merry desserts. Chocolate and caramel are survival mechanisms for winter, but they’re not necessary when all you need is a light spring jacket outside. So bring on the tart fruits and dreamy meringues. Below are some of our prettiest spring treats. They’re all beautiful, and most are fun and easy to put together. (We’re looking at you, Easter dessert procrastinators.)

Italian Cream Cake with Blueberries

Naked cakes are all still in style this spring, and The Pioneer Woman’s four-layer beauty deserves the spotlight at your spring soiree. (No one has to know how easy it is to actually make.) Read more

This Tie-Dyed Cake Is the Best Birthday Surprise Ever

by in Entertaining, Recipes, March 25th, 2016

Rainbow Reveal CakeBy Beth Klosterboer

My family gathers together to celebrate someone’s birthday quite often — so often, in fact, that the parties were getting a bit mundane. To make these get-togethers a little more exciting, I began serving reveal cakes.

What’s a reveal cake, you ask? Well, when sliced, it exposes a surprise hiding inside, like the age or name of the birthday girl or boy. It’s really fun to have everyone gather around the dessert table eagerly awaiting the big reveal. The enthusiastic response to the cakes makes every party more fun.

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7 Delicious Dips for Your Snack Stadium

by in Entertaining, Recipes, February 5th, 2016

Chili Con QuesoIf you love to play with your food, football season is your time to shine as a party-thrower. Building a giant snack stadium isn’t just for serving all your favorite celebratory bites at once – it’s about creating a work of art (by our standards, anyway). And the highlight of your sporty masterpiece? The dips, of course. Try these irresistible options to fill all the holes in your game-day spread this year.

Chili Con Queso (above)

Ree Drummond’s take on this comforting classic starts with breakfast sausage and onion. Browning both before you mix everything with cheese and chiles is an easy extra step that makes the dip even more savory.

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Carolina vs. Colorado: Regional Food Fight

by in Entertaining, February 3rd, 2016

This Sunday, the Carolina Panthers and the Denver Broncos will face off in the biggest football game of the year. We’re no experts on who has the advantage on the field, but we’re here to break down the regional food rivalry between these two teams (much more in our wheelhouse).

Super Bowl 50 pits a Southeastern barbecue powerhouse against a Colorado city known for stellar Mexican food and microbrews, promising a fierce battle on the food front. Both food cultures translate well to the game-day party spread, so go ahead and make your allegiances known through your menu.

To deck out your viewing party with your preferred team’s colors, check out the easy candy crafts above for the Broncos (left) and the Panthers (right). Use them as centerpieces that guests can eat for dessert.

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Arnold’s Guide to Creating “Love Bug” Moments at Home

by in Entertaining, Holidays, February 1st, 2016

Arnold’s Guide to Creating A handful of holidays require pulling out all the stops — elaborate menus, fabulous tablescapes, special gifts and wearing your good suit. And though I normally encourage playing with your food and exploring new culinary adventures, sometimes during these special times, like Valentine’s Day, a few practical tips and help from outside sources can calm the nerves, relieve the pressure, and allow you to stop and smell the roses.

I’m not trying to keep you from busting out the souffle pan, roasting rack and Chateau Lafite. If you are an ambitious domestic diva who enjoys the thrill of a party-hosting challenge, by all means, go for broke. But if not, it’s totally OK. Working within your technical and financial means with a few subtle personal touches will do the trick, especially on this heart-filled day. Here are a few creative and approachable Valentine’s Day ideas that are sure to spark a romantic “love bug” moment.

Private Party of Two
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Win Your Big-Game Bash with 6-Foot Nachos

by in Entertaining, January 29th, 2016

No matter whether your game-day crowd is more focused on the football, the commercials or the food, this eye-popping spread of rainbow-hued nachos will steal the show. And it tastes as good as it looks. Party guests will keep coming back to try a new color block of flavor. Hit play below to watch staffers whip them up in our Food Network Kitchen, or check out our step-by-step gallery to see how easy it is to turn your table or counter into a 6-foot nacho fiesta for the big game on February 7. Read more

How to Host a Tea Party at Home

by in Entertaining, Recipes, January 28th, 2016

Mini Cupcakes with Strawberry GlazeIf you’ve ever read a Jane Austen novel or watched an episode of Downton Abbey, you’ve probably already heard of “full afternoon tea.” Not to be confused with elevenses or high tea, full afternoon tea often occurs between 3 and 4 p.m., and features treats, including cakes, crustless finger sandwiches and, of course, tea. Though it is often associated with the posh hotels of London, you don’t need to travel abroad to enjoy the splendors of a British tea party. With our help, you can do that right at home.

Mascarpone Mini Cupcakes with Strawberry Glaze
Miniature two-bite desserts, like these glazed cupcakes from Giada De Laurentiis, make a great tea party treat. Giada forgoes frosting, and instead tops her cupcakes with a sweet glaze made from frozen strawberries and powdered sugar.

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Why Sliders Are the Perfect Party Food

by in Entertaining, Recipes, January 27th, 2016

buffalo chicken slidersThe best move when hosting a party: Make food that guests can eat with their hands. When they’re mingling and/or seats are limited, juggling a plate filled with food and using a fork and knife can be awkward. You’ll want to serve something hand-held that they can polish off in a couple of bites. Sliders are the solution. And somewhere on our list of favorite recipes is a slider you should be making next Sunday (February 7) for the biggest game of the year.

Buffalo Chicken Sliders

Leave it to Jeff Mauro to prove that most things are just as good, if not better, in sandwich form. His take on Buffalo chicken has everything you love about the wings — hot-sauce glaze, blue cheese and ranch dressing — plus soft and fluffy bread, like Hawaiian or Parker House rolls.

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Victory Is Sweet: Candy Centerpieces for Every Football Team in the Playoffs

by in Entertaining, Events, January 22nd, 2016

Football CandyWe know of something a little sweeter than victory: It’s candy. And we mean lots of it. This Sunday, when the New England Patriots face the Denver Broncos, and the Arizona Cardinals take on the Carolina Panthers, deck your face-off festivities with colorful candy creations that show your team spirit loud and proud. Even with the mounds of spicy wings, pools of dip and mountains of nachos, these decorations will be the real touchdown at your game-day party, no matter which team you’re rooting for.

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Exclusive: Giada De Laurentiis Dishes on Her Party Secrets

by in Entertaining, Food Network Chef, Shows, January 6th, 2016

Exclusive: Giada De Laurentiis Dishes on Her Party SecretsThough the holidays have come and gone, there’s no reason to stop entertaining at home. In fact, on her brand-new series, Giada Entertains, Sundays at 11a|10c, Giada De Laurentiis will show you just how easy and enjoyable it can be to host celebrations big and small, for special occasions and anytime get-togethers alike. Recently FN Dish checked in with Giada to find out more about her penchant for party planning and to learn just which of her events she credits with being the most memorable. Read on below for an exclusive interview with Giada and learn her go-to tips on how to shop for your next party.

What do you hope fans learn from Giada Entertains? 
Giada De Laurentiis: That all it takes to throw a great party is a little creativity.

Tell us a bit about your passion for parties. How did you come to enjoy entertaining so much?
GDL: Through my family. Italians love to entertain and to cook for our families. It’s how we show people we love them — through the food.

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