The holidays are stressful enough without having to play the angel of hospitality. Why not save your sanity by dialing back the effort - though not enough that your guests will actually notice, let alone call you lazy behind your back. Our suggestion? A pre-batched, self-serve cocktail party: because hosts just want to have fun.
Patio season is finally here. After another long winter (and maddening, mercurial spring), it’s time to pull up a chair outside, then stay there until well after Labour Day. We tend to make the most of our summer heat, which is why you’ll likely end up jockeying for space no matter what patio you end up on – but here’s where the connoisseurs (and by that we mean us) will be drinking this summer, from tried-and-true haunts to brand-new territory. Hit the deck!