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Amy Sedaris on Craft Magazine Cover

by on February 9, 2009 · 54 comments

Hey crafty people! Amy Sedaris is the cover girl for the next issue of Craft magazine. It goes out tomorrow, and I thought I’d mention it early so you could camp out by your mailbox or get to the bookstore *right* when it opens. Here’s a sneak preview of the cover, and guess what? I’m going to give away a couple of copies.

For a free copy of Craft magazine, please post a hospitality/party tip in the comments section. Deadline is tomorrow at 7:00 AM.  Winners drawn at random.

My tip is “Don’t drop your cake on the floor!” It may not sound like a good tip, but if you’re prone to dropping cakes it’s helpful because you’ll be more careful as you move through space with the cake. With this tip in mind, I haven’t dropped a cake in 4 years…or at least a birthday cake.

So please post a tip. Valentine’s Day party tips are extremely appreciated, but all types party tips are welcome.  Oh, and look for Craft Magazine. 

P.S. If you don’t care for crafts, there’s a cake recipe there too.

Craft Magazine Cover

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Published on February 9, 2009

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Katrina February 9, 2009 at 1:14 pm

My best party tips are “never cook bacon naked” and for Valentine’s Day, don’t buy your spouse the Scrabble Dictionary as a gift to tell her you love her. I’m just saying I’ve heard you shouldn’t do these two things! ;)

Shannon February 9, 2009 at 1:30 pm

I have noticed that punctuality seems to be…nonexistant. I always list the party’s start time about an hour earlier than I would like it to start, so people are actually there when everything is ready to go!

Dianna February 9, 2009 at 1:30 pm

Holidays are not meant to be low fat. That means no Splenda, egg whites only, or applesauce used in place of the good stuff. Come on, if it’s a holiday make it special AND full-fat delicious!

LC February 9, 2009 at 1:36 pm

Leave yourself time to shower and get dressed before the guests arrive. Very embarrasing to answer the door in a towel.

Amy February 9, 2009 at 1:37 pm

Ohhhh I love Amy Sedaris! My best party tip is to not skimp on the booze… no need to go overboard, but it makes for a lot more mingling and socializing if people can enjoy their favorite wine or cocktail.

Danielle Deskins February 9, 2009 at 1:38 pm

My hostess/party tip is to set out all your dishes (baking and serving) the night before to make sure you have everything you need. This also makes the day of the party that much easier because you already have everything out and ready to go.

Carrie February 9, 2009 at 1:43 pm

My party tip is get the table set ahead of time- like the night before. If you aren’t seating people at the table, get all your serving pieces, including serving spoons/forks out and ready to go.
For Valentine’s day, I recommend table confetti. Really it works for any celebration, but everyone likes it and it is reusable- just sweep it into a bag at the end of the meal and save it for next year.

charmy February 9, 2009 at 1:44 pm

Make sure you have a variety of food options; veggies and dip, pretzels, fresh fruit and other healthy options for those watching their weight, and make sure to have the “all-out” options for those looking to splurge! All your guests will be thankful as they will all enjoy the food!!!

Shari February 9, 2009 at 1:46 pm

Do not, under any circumstances, listen to your husband/significant other when he says he can vacuum, mop, clean the bathroom, bathe the baby, mow the grass, clean the table, AND make the salad all the morning of the (1 PM) party.

Christy February 9, 2009 at 1:48 pm

My party tip would be to use It’s a great way to get your invites out for free with all your pertitant info on the invite, remind you guests of the party details/items to bring, and also thank your guests after the party is over. I wouldn’t use it for every event, but for low-key, fun bashes, it’s the way to go!

MrsMonkey February 9, 2009 at 2:12 pm

Oooh, Craft! My tip: don’t try out a new recipe for a party. . .it will always take longer than planned and doesn’t always turn out perfectly. Trial runs are okay!

Deanna February 9, 2009 at 2:13 pm

Don’t forget to turn the oven on! Been there, done that, but only once!

kelly February 9, 2009 at 2:17 pm

Certain “party” things are a pain to clean up the next day, eg. silly string shot into the ceiling fan should be avoided at all costs.

Betsy February 9, 2009 at 2:17 pm

Plan your menu with foods that can be prepared ahead of time so you are not rushed the day of the party.

Just a little aside…when I was a kid, my Mom would give me a couple of packs of cigarettes (Benson and Hedges!) and have me fill up cigarette boxes around the house for their party guests. At the time it seemed like a very glamorous job! This was the 70’s of course :)

CindyD February 9, 2009 at 2:19 pm

Buy extra chips, drinks, etc. It’s better to have leftovers than to run out!

VeggieGirl February 9, 2009 at 2:25 pm

**Party tip = Be a gracious host!!

K February 9, 2009 at 2:25 pm

Remember to relax and have a good time, even if you’re the hostess.

Cecily T February 9, 2009 at 2:39 pm

Don’t wait until the night before to practice decorating a cake!

Louise February 9, 2009 at 2:40 pm

This may sound silly, but don’t run your annoying garbage disposal during the party. And don’t have the sink filled with water and dirty dishes as you may need the sink for something else.

Johanna February 9, 2009 at 2:45 pm

My tip: If everything’s supposed to go quickly, slow down. Sounds funny, but it’s oh so true :) Just turn the speed down a notch and everything will run more smoothly.

In case you’d send a copy to Germany, I’m in for the giveaway – I’ve never read the Craft magazine before, so this is exciting!

Kassy February 9, 2009 at 2:59 pm

I don’t host too many parties…so the only tip I have is to have plenty of food variety. I would rather have too much than not enough!

Martha T. February 9, 2009 at 3:02 pm

Make sure that the house is the right temperature. You don’t want your guests to freeze or be too warm.

Melanie February 9, 2009 at 3:15 pm

Don’t use a glass baking dish to hold meat that’s bring grilled. It will fall off the side of the grill, shatter, and ruin all the meat that you’ve grilled, not to mention your favorite glass 9×13 pan that was a wedding gift from a dear friend. 1 word: Tupperware.
Another word: Pizza.

Jancd February 9, 2009 at 3:27 pm

Always have plenty of ice. It seems that whenever we are having guests, our ice maker forget to make ice, or one ice cube will get stuck, thus preventing any more ice from being made.

Delia February 9, 2009 at 3:32 pm

Don’t stress, and have fun!

Jennifer February 9, 2009 at 3:36 pm

what a great magazine!!!

Don’t forget to light a smelly candle a couple hours before guests arrive! There is nothing like entering a hosts home that smells GREAT! :)

Megan February 9, 2009 at 3:51 pm

My perfect party tip?

Have a drink before your guests arrive. That way, if something burns/goes wrong/spills/breaks, you are much more likely to laugh it off!

christine February 9, 2009 at 4:02 pm

my party tip is Simplify –I usually try to make too many dishes and offer a full bar, when half the food and a few good drink choices will make everyone happy.

Kat February 9, 2009 at 4:07 pm

A bottle of wine is always a great gift, but consider pink sparkling wine for extra wow factor. Champagne is not just for special occasions – or, it can make any occasion a little more special.

Anita February 9, 2009 at 4:24 pm

Make sure that the candles that you are using for your table are unscented; you don’t want the scent competing with the good food that you’ve prepared.

Kimberly February 9, 2009 at 4:24 pm

Plan to serve SIMPLE food items and if you have to make something complicated pick just one item. I always stress myself out trying to make everything gourmet when really what is important is making the environment conducive to people having a good time with each other.

Fingers crossed! Thanks for the giveaway!

nancy February 9, 2009 at 4:39 pm

My party tip.. don’t spill your drink. :)

Mellisa W. February 9, 2009 at 5:29 pm

Have most everything prepared before your guests arrive. No one likes a harried host.

NancyH February 9, 2009 at 5:35 pm

Serve appetizers that people can eat with one or two bites. Try to pick recipes that are freezable – that way you don’t have so much to cook the day of the party.

Jane February 9, 2009 at 6:06 pm

My party tip:

As SOON AS your guests walk in the door, offer them a glass of bubbly! It doesn’t have to be expensive: there is a great Spanish Cava that is about $10 a bottle. Nothing says “I’m glad you’re here” more than a glass of sparkling wine. Sets the tone of the evening.

HeartofGlass February 9, 2009 at 6:40 pm

My Valentine’s Day tip is, as a single gal–please don’t assume that because someone is single they don’t like Valentine’s Day. I love giving cards and treats to all of my friends, and I hate it when someone who doesn’t know me says something like ‘bummer, tomorrow is V-day,’ or ‘are you wearing black tomorrow.’ No, damn it! And even if you’re old, you know that your heart just smiles when you see those cute little cards that kids give out in their classrooms!

maggie February 9, 2009 at 6:58 pm

don’t run out of beer or toilet paper.

Rachel B February 9, 2009 at 7:31 pm

When you’re baking multiple things for a party, remember to take the previous baked good out before you preheat the oven for the next . . . I made some very crispy bars once.

Jannine February 9, 2009 at 7:59 pm

My party tip is to use your bathtub to chill extra bottles of soda, wine and beer. You can fill it with cold water and a few bags of ice, place the beverages inside and pull the curtains or close the shower doors. Your guests will not notice it and you can replenish your bar with cold beverages as needed. Saves on refrigerator space, which is usually hard to come by when you are planning a party!

Hallie February 9, 2009 at 8:20 pm

Make enough cocktails for everyone!

Pam February 9, 2009 at 9:58 pm

Have more than one bar set up, including one outside–either staffed or self-serve–with a stationary tray or two of easy to pick up food at each. This way there’s no congestion in one area of the home and guests can mingle more easily.

Chris C-L February 9, 2009 at 9:59 pm

I always like to give folks a little treat to take home with them. The item that is requested over and over again is frosted popcorn (natural popcorn with almond bark on it).

Laura February 9, 2009 at 10:25 pm

Don’t forget to ask about any food allergies and have at least one dish that is vegan or at least vegetarian.

Juli February 9, 2009 at 11:00 pm

Put a few bowls of candy conversation hearts around the house for guests to enjoy and discuss.

Jasmine February 9, 2009 at 11:15 pm

My party tip is to maybe have some mellow soft music playing in the background instead of a tv or awkward silence?

Rina February 9, 2009 at 11:15 pm

Here are a few tips that come to mind:

1. Appoint a ‘photographer’ to catch the action shots, as the host will likely be too busy attending to other matters (i.e. prepping dessert in the kitchen). =)
2. Party favors, no matter how small and inexpensive, make a party memorable.
3. Let your pet partake in the festivities (our bunny was the star of our holiday party).
4. If using disposable plates/bowls/cups, create a stacking system to minimize waste.
5. Have fun and be sure to thank everyone that helped (including the person on vaccuum duty). =)

Britta February 9, 2009 at 11:40 pm

My tip is to use real china plates and silverware no matter how big your party. You can always go out and buy inexpensive plates if you don’t have enough or borrow some from your friends and neighbors. Plastic cutlery and paper plates are not very nice and, I think, they cheapen all the effort you’ve put into planning and preparing.

And don’t worry about the extra effort of having to do the “real” dishes. It’s a small price.

Olivia February 10, 2009 at 5:55 am

Here’s a very late comment, but always make sure you have plenty of food. The last thing you want is to run out of food, especially the desserts!

Muffy February 10, 2009 at 7:03 am

Always cook/prepare more than you need, so that there is take-home for those who missed the event, and for those who just want more.

When having a casual party (as most of mine are) and a guest asks “Can I help with something?” Reply, “YES!” and let them help.

Alexandra Bruskoff February 10, 2009 at 8:42 am

I know I am too late to enter but I love entertaining and sharing tips (all the entries are such great suggestions) Here’s a few I’ll add:
1. Put bowls of candy and nuts around your house. It’s sweet, welcoming, and a great way to add a festive touch. I love colored M & M’s, and you can buy specific colors to match your party theme.
2. Pretty hand napkins in the guest bathroom. I like one’s with my initial on it. Inexpensive, disposable and elegant. Just make sure you have a garbage pail nearby to dispose of used towels.
3. A great mix of music playing all night. I copy the night’s music onto CD’s for each guest to take home as their favor. I make fun labels for the CD cover with the name of the party and the date. It costs only a few dollars and it’s memorable.
Great Contest Anna!Thanks

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