How to Host

Hosting is a social art. Learn how to host everything from a gala event to a book club or a night with your best friends.


Spice up a slow bar night or create a great fundraiser for your organization with a trivia night. We'll show you all a host needs toknow.

There's a reason they call it "March Madness." Basketball tournaments can be super-exciting, but it takes a lot of nerve to orchestrate one from the planning stages and see it to completion.

Auctions are standard fare for fundraising events, but if you want to spice it up a bit, hold a Chinese auction. It's a unique and exciting way to bring in the cash.

Whether you're looking to score some bucks, fill some time or clear the clutter, you may find a yard sale is the perfect way to spend a Saturday at home -- as long as you do it right.

Thinking of hosting a madrigal dinner this holiday season? We'll tell you everything it takes to plan one.

Transform your next corporate business lunch into a spa-themed event that will charm your audience and help you build your business.

If you're looking to have a party with a unique spin, host a masquerade ball. Your guests can mingle incognito and everyone can have fun guessing who's who.

If the dating scene in your town has you and your single friends longing for the days of arranged marriages, it may be time to consider hosting a speed dating event. We'll tell you how.

Every December, your house is transformed into an electrical spectacular of lights. Why not get the whole neighborhood involved in the spirit of the holidays with a Christmas light contest?

There's a lot that goes into planning a 5K race, and you don't want to miss a step. Read on to find out what you need to do to be successful.

Baptisms are long-honored traditions to welcome your child into the church. But they don't have to be difficult to plan.

Where and when do you start planning a party? Our handy-dandy checklist breaks it all down in simple steps to make the party-planning process a snap.

You don't have to max out your credit card in order to have a good time! These affordable entertainment ideas will have guests talking long after an event is over.

You've just moved in and finished unpacking. What's next? A housewarming party, of course!

Bourbon and Coke might be OK for tailgating, but we're going to show you how to host a bourbon tasting party. And trust us, it doesn't involve tailgating.

Never have the time to get to know your neighbors? We'll tell you how to host a neighborhood meet and greet that's social and entertaining!

Studies have shown amazing benefits to arts education in schools, and theater is a natural confidence-booster for young kids. So how can you plan a great-looking production that doesn't have to cost a ton of time, effort and money?

Many people think of dinner as the meal most conducive to entertaining, but lunch, with its easygoing feel and lighter fare, is a better fit for some occasions. What's the key to hosting a top-notch luncheon?

The popularity of home poker tournaments, especially Texas Hold 'em, has grown with the spread of online gaming and TV events. Before you host a Hold 'em tournament, do you know a river from a flop? A blind from a pineapple? Here's your cheat sheet!

If you have a tower of books taking up every inch of extra space in your home, then it's time to host a book swap and trade in your favorite reads for some new ones!

Hosting a tea party can bring a sense of refinement and fun to your gathering. Here's how to throw a classy tea bash to rival one thrown by the Queen of England!

Hosting a gala event isn't an easy task. But we'll tell you how you can throw a successful soiree that will raise money and awareness for your cause.

Your guests arrive to your party to find out some alarming news: A "murder" has been committed. Was it Nancy, who's wearing a blond wig and false eyelashes? Was it her mustachioed date Joe? It's up to your friends-in-costumes to solve the mystery.

Who doesn't love a good party? And one where you can shop for jewelry, too? Sign us up! We'll tell you how to host your own successful jewelry show -- whether you designed the gems or not.

You can find chili cook-offs in cities all over the country with all types of folks in attendance, from ranchers to hipsters to food critics. So how to do you host your own?

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