If you want to throw a memorable party, no matter the occasion, there are many local businesses that provide unique rental equipment to bring flair to a shindig of any size. Here are just a few. Read more

What makes a party memorable? Whether it's for a birthday, a holiday or just to show off some culinary or mixology skills, event planners and hosts agree that the three components to a successful soiree are food, beverages and entertainment. Equally important for a host is setting a budget a… Read more

Themed dinner parties with that little something extra (such as a professional to lend a hand with the entertainment or the food) are en vogue, and can take some pressure off hosting duties. Here are a few suggestions that are fun for you (yes, you!) and your guests. Read more

Desserts. They're the treat at the end of the meal, the pat on the back after eating your Brussels sprouts and cleaning your plate. The dessert course can be as simple as a spoonful of ice cream, eaten out of the container while standing over the sink, or it can be more elaborate, like a gen… Read more

If you've ever been at a party and thought, "how much better would this night be with a snowball?," you're not alone. Nor are you out of luck — whether you crave a snowball, charbroiled oysters, a Lucky Dog or a few pounds of boiled seafood, these local eateries can provide your heart's desi… Read more

There are lots of ways to punch up a party by getting guests involved in the action: photo booths with costumes, second-line parades, rock-climbing walls, organized games, inflatable structures, dancing to live music and more. Interactive entertainment is even better when a host doesn't have… Read more

They can be cards, trivia or role-play, but games that are fast-paced and easy to learn make for crowd-pleasers. When planning your next party, try offering a few different options for guests to play. Read more

With the temperature hovering at 90 degrees or higher for the next couple of months, a pool party is the perfect marriage of form and function for those who prefer to entertain outdoors but don't want to roast while doing it. With advice from a few pros and some fun tropical accessories, thr… Read more

If you're building a home bar, your checklist already may include an ice bucket, corkscrew, cocktail shaker and maybe some other nifty gadgets. Stocking the bar with your favorite libations will be a cinch, but selecting the appropriate glassware can be more complicated — if you prefer to si… Read more

From barbecues and pool parties to mint juleps on the porch, summer presents a seemingly endless array of outdoor options for entertaining — as well as a correspondingly high Fahrenheit. How can hosts take advantage of the great outdoors while keeping guests' comfort in mind? Sarah Hall, pre… Read more

1 Bar games — Alcohol and games are a winning combination for birthday parties, and a couple of bars focus on games for a range of interests and skill levels. Barcadia offers a large menu of beers and dozens of arcade games ranging from Atari Food Fight and Pac-Man to Spy Hunter, Mortal Komb… Read more