Love it or loathe it: Candy Corn

Liz and I went head to head last year over our love or hate for New Year’s Eve. So we decided to continue to do battle, albeit, politely, over another polarizing and seasonally-apropos item, candy corn. Danielle What’s not to love about candy corn? It’s seasonal so you don’t get sick of it. It comes in …(more)

House Party’s 3rd Annual Chili Cook-off Recap

Thank you for all of the great submissions for our 3rd Annual Chili Cook-Off. For our community entrants, we selected Brian C.’s Sweet Potato Chorizo Chili, Dian R.’s Harvest Pumpkin Chili and Tabitha S.’s Beef Chili (with chocolate!) to be entered into our cook-off among Stephanie’s No-Bean Chili, Robin’s White Chicken Chili and Mel C’s …(more)

It’s #HousePartyHalloween Costume Contest Time!

It’s that time of the year to bring out the witch hats, scary masks, face paint and the like and put together your best costumes! House Party wants to get in on the fun so we’re putting together our first official costume contest! Between now and November 2, 2014 enter a photo of your costume …(more)

Travel tips from House Party pros

As Mark Twain famously said, “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.” So of course, we at the House Party Blog love to stretch our wings and experience all the world has to offer. And whether we’ve been to 1 destination or 100, we all have travel tips to share about heading out of town.   …(more)

10 Fast Fusion Food Recipes

Sometimes we fall into the humdrum habit of making the same types of meals over and over again. Why not ‘turn over a new leaf’ this season by taking a more eclectic approach to cuisine? Give some of these recipes a try to add easy, creative twists to your meals. Many of them are allergy-friendly as …(more)

Trick or Treating Tips for Parents

Ah, Halloween. That festival of merriment. Kids in costume. Candy. Lots of candy. Pumpkin carving. Cobwebs and creepy decorations. If you’re a parent of little ones, it’s a whirlwind of sugar highs and the inevitable sugar lows. Oh those lows. So how do you tackle the seemingly never-ending Trick or Treat-a-thon and get everyone home at …(more)

Pack your bags: Japan

Why Japan? I jumped at the chance to travel to Japan back in April, while at the same time convincing myself that an almost 14-hour airplane ride across the West would be worth it to experience “The Land of the Rising Sun.” I have a love for Japanese food and culture. The country of Japan …(more)

Cooking with Larry: Coconut Flour Chocolate Lava Cakes

I’m crazy for coconuts. I love the flavor and also love using all aspects of the nut for cooking and baking. I even make my own coconut milk. Lately I’ve been experimenting with coconut flour. There are many supposed health benefits gained by cooking with it, but I’m fascinated by how little flour you need to actually bake …(more)

Pack your bags: adventures in Europe

Back in August I embarked on an 11-day trip around Europe with 3 very good friends that I grew up with and our significant others. To get 8 people together for an overseas vacation and to agree on the places to visit, was no small feat, and thankfully we all had a wonderful time. We …(more)

6 must-have apps for you and your pets

We’ve already outlined our favorite apps for humans, but what about our furry friends?! Here are 6 must-have apps for you and your pets that you’ll love if you have a cat or dog.       BarkCam This handy apps helps you take the perfect pictures of your pups, and make them into even cuter …(more)

Celebrating Oktoberfest

October is around the corner, which means it’s time for pretzels, folk music and most importantly, beer. Oktoberfest is a tradition that’s been celebrated in Munich, Germany since 1810 when a party was thrown to celebrate the marriage of Crown Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese. Horse races that followed the wedding celebration marked the beginning …(more)

‘An apple recipe a day keeps the doctor away’

The apple. Good ol’ Malus domestica.  They’ve been cooked, sauteed, steamed, coated, sauced and fermented (the other kind of ‘sauced’). They’re the staple fruit of a baker’s repetoire, they’ve inspired humankind to wrestle with the laws of physics and they’ve even bridged the tenuous gap between students and teachers for what seems endless ages. In honor of …(more)

“Selfish” volunteering

We all know that volunteering can be about helping others and doing good. But there’s another type of volunteering, let’s call it “selfish” volunteering. By this I mean offering to provide services or work somewhere for free so you can take advantage of something you either love, can’t afford otherwise or just want to be …(more)

Streaming music apps

Listening to your favorite song has never been so convenient. All you need is a smartphone, a pair of headphones (or a bluetooth speaker) and you’re all set. Here are some cool streaming music apps: Spotify: This is probably the best music streaming app I’ve ever used. Spotify has many appealing features like creating your …(more)

Baby shower planning ideas

I recently had the opportunity to host a friend’s baby shower for the first time, and was lucky enough to have some really creative co-hosts. Here are some tips for hosting a super cute, affordable baby shower in your home. Food Finger sandwiches If you have a few hosts, ask each to prepare a finger …(more)

Check out the House Party mobile app!

We’re proud to announce the official full release of the House Party mobile app for both iPhone & Android devices! So grab your smartphone and get ready, because the House Party you know and love just got more convenient, exciting and fun! The House Party mobile app is perfect for hosts and guests of House Parties as …(more)

Remembering 9/11

Last year we were  honored to have a guest post from Joe Daniels, President and CEO of the 9/11 Memorial. Joe shared, in his own words, the importance of honoring that day through his work at the Memorial and the pending Museum. We are re-running his post today, as we mark the 13th anniversary of that …(more)

6 monthly subscription boxes to love!

“Ooh, a package?! Addressed to meee?” We all know that feeling that comes over you when a package is delivered and it’s got your name on it — sheer joy and mystery! What’s in it? Who sent it? Am I expecting something? Here at House Party we’re experts on that, since we get to watch thousands and …(more)

Fall fashion essentials

Technically fall doesn’t begin until September 23rd, but summer is wrapping up and sweater weather is nearly upon us up here in the northeast. Currently it’s Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week and designers are showing-off their spring collections, but in case you missed the fall trends (after all, fall’s not even technically here!), here’s’s Runway Trend …(more)