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Ease Your Entertaining Anxiety

When a busy schedule and an unfinished home made entertaining friends and family stressful, Katie Hoesch found wisdom and inspiration between the pages of a favorite book.

Party Perfect Dip Recipes from Local Chefs

We asked the masterminds behind some of our favorite 417-land dips to share their recipes so you can whip up some serious crowd-pleasers at home.

Bernadette Pry’s Bunko Bash

Bunko night is a monthly tradition for a group of women who live in and around Springfield’s Woodbridge Estates neighborhood, and each evening comes with its own special touches. Our Administrative Assistant, Bernadette Pry, transformed her home for a game night packed with flower-filled fun.

How to Set the Perfect Summer Table

Local shops have everything you need to set the most beautiful and theatrical table settings this summer. Whether it’s inspired by Palm Springs or created for your Fourth of July bash, your next gathering will impress guests if you use a little imagination and a whole lot of class.

Fermentation Face-Off

Dulsey and Andy Stewart transformed their gorgeous home for an elegant, intimate brunch-time fundraiser.

Raising the Rhubarb

If your only familiarity with rhubarb is from A Prairie Home Companion’s fictitious commercials, use the spring season to give the stalks a try in something other than pie (although we’ve got a recipe for that, too).

Sideline Shindig

Every year for more than 20 years running, football family the Ballards throws a Super Bowl party free of fouls and full of fun thanks to a family that functions like a team.

Insider's Scoop on Apple Cider

Learn about the tangy drink’s appeal and options to produce a homemade batch from a pair of experts who know the fruit to its core.

Cooking Up Some Comfort

Whether you’re making a cozy weeknight meal or cooking up a storm to feed the masses during a Sunday football game, chili is the perfect go-to winter dish. It’s hearty, easy to make and always a crowd pleaser. But it can also be easy to fall into a chili rut, making the same recipe time and time again. To help shake things up, we asked three local chefs to share their take on this timeless classic. So, grab your apron and your biggest pot and try something new this season.

Girlfriends Giving Back

Anna Whitaker and Logan Aguirre host a cocktail party combined with doing good. The two enlist friends to help a local family for the holidays.

Blast from the Past

After reminiscing about old recipes, a group of 417-land friends gathered for a throwback casserole party complete with flavors from years past.

Build Your Best Bar

Making your own at-home bar might seem daunting, but these tips from designers Sharon Taylor and Rachel Owens will get your creativity flowing.

House of Tunes

Barb and Phill Burgess opened their Springfield home to friends and musician Patrick Mureithi for a one-of-a-kind house concert.

The Perfect Summer Soiree

When it was time for Mark and Patti Johnson to welcome friends and family members into their new home, they pulled out all the stops to make sure it was an event guests would remember for years to come.

Queen for a Day

From one-of-a-kind vintage plates and vases to countless fresh flowers and a delectable spread of food, Jillian Kane’s 27th birthday party was one fit for royalty.

A Fresh Take on Salad

Spring means warming temperatures, the start of the year’s gardening and the return of so much of our favorite seasonal produce. Meld some fresh flavors into the meal next time you’re aiming to impress your dinner guests with these sophisticated salads from three local restaurants.

Wintertime Cocktail Recipes

Winter’s not just for hot cocoa and apple cider—it’s for warm and wintry flavors like rosemary and chocolate. Serve up these recipes from local mixologists at your next holiday party.

Holiday Cookie Recipes

Fire up your oven and prepare to wow your guests, because these three dreamy cookie creations from local bakeries can’t be beat.

Cocktails on the Farm

Mallory Leicht, the blogger and foodie behind Chase the Flavors, teamed up with Urban Roots Farm to create a ladies-only night of made-from-scratch food and seasonal cocktails.

Fall Harvest Party

Dim the lights, turn up the music and lace up your dancing shoes. It’s time for The Farmers Market of the Ozarks Harvest Dinner.

Tips to be Thankful For

This year, rely on advice from local experts on how to cut back the stress on your picture-perfect Thanksgiving.

Celebrate in style

Tom and Pam Pierson are known for throwing elaborate parties for many occasions, and Tom’s 71st birthday party at Barley, Wheat and Rye Social House was recently added to the list of favorites.

Green with Desire

There’s one summer staple we can’t resist: the long and lean green bean. Learn how to grow it, then enjoy it with three tasty recipes.

Garden Gala

To celebrate great friends and great times, Tony Hawn and Geoff Stanczyk turned their backyard into an elegant venue perfect for an evening soiree.

Sweet as Pie

Ready to up your dessert ante? Take the traditional after-dinner treat to the next level with the help of these three pie recipes, all tried-and-true favorites at Springfield hotspots.

The Great Sweets Swap

Elle Feldman of Elle’s Patisserie helps spread her love of sweets with her closest family and friends at her annual cookie exchange.

Roast the Perfect Thanksgiving Turkey

Let the bird take center stage this Thanksgiving with fail-proof instructions from Big Cedar Lodge’s executive chef Mike Halbert. Thanks to this tasty recipe and his step-by-step directions, you no longer have to stress about getting a drool-worthy turkey on the table.

The Culinary Guide

Are you ready to become the master of your own kitchen? If your answer is yes, you’re in luck.

Horsing Around

417 Magazine Associate Publisher Logan Aguirre gathered cowgirl hats, hay bales and even a few barnyard friends for her daughter Lucy’s fifth birthday bash.

A Very Feldman Halloween

Get a glimpse of the superb Halloween party 417-lander Elle Feldman hosted last year, and read her tips for hosting your own event.

Cook Out!

Get your grill on with these outdoor cooking tools and accessories from 417-land shops. You'll find everything you need to outfit your home for your next picnic, patio party or barbecue.

Artfully Arranged

Using fresh flowers and a few creative additions, you can put together everything from breakfast table centerpieces to everyday arrangements.

Kids Gone Wild

Thanks to his mom’s craftiness and some monstrously delicious snacks, Everett Darst’s second birthday party was a magical occasion that brought a popular children’s book to life.

An Evening Under the Stars

Guests enjoyed an elaborate dinner party to raise money for the Springfield Workshop Foundation.

Wine & Cheese Party

We talked to the best party planners in 417-land to learn how to transform your house into the ultimate party venue. Whether you’re planning a holiday soirée or just want to have a few friends over to watch the big game, we have a guide on exactly how to do it, and how to do it well. The party starts here.

Places to Party

Want to host a party but aren't prepared to open up your own house? These local venues are the perfect spot.

A Fall Feast

Avoid any last-minute stuffing-the-bird craziness by planning this year’s Thanksgiving Day feast well in advance. Mary Douglas has been party planning for years with her company, Bringing it Together Events, and she shared tips on styling the perfect turkey day soiree.

Gear Up for Game Day

For sports fans, fall means more than changing temperatures. It means football. And whether you’re heading out to the stadium to watch your favorite team play or staying home to host your very own watch party, getting together with a group of friends is always the best way to go. From food to décor and everything in between, Nici Flinn of Nici Flinn Events shared everything you need to know to host your very own tailgate party, perfect whether you’re just steps outside of the stadium or in your own backyard.­

Do a Little Good

A local couple hosts an annual holiday party that allows them to help out families in need. Learn how you can host a charity benefit party, too.

Holiday Party Planning Tips

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, making it the perfect time to host the most wonderful party. We talked to Lenette Kujawa of Aflair Events to learn a few holiday party planning tips.