Don’t Play Bartender: Spoon Fork Bacon’s Top Entertaining Tips

09/20/2013 at 11:34 AM ET

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Hi, guys! We’re Jenny Park and Teri Lyn Fisher of the blog Spoon Fork Bacon. We’re a food stylist/recipe development/photography duo based out of Los Angeles. Bottom line, we’re obsessed with food.

We’ll be writing for every week, and we are so excited to share our take on some amazing celebrity recipes. We’ll also be sharing tips on cooking, entertaining, how to make your food look as beautiful as it tastes and so much more.

We’re also excited that fall’s just around the corner because that means cooler weather is coming our way. We can’t wait to break out the cute scarves and boots and get all bundled up—and start hosting some cozy fall parties.

It can be tough to have a lot of friends over—sometimes, you feel like you’re spending the whole party in the kitchen while everyone else is having fun. But we’ve become pros at staying on top of our hostessing duties while still having time to enjoy our company. Some of our secrets:

1. A self-serve taco bar, potato bar or sandwich bar looks cute and has a hidden perk: Your guests are doing most of the work. Once you’ve set the food up you can forget about it. Plus, you’re giving your guests the freedom to eat how they like, which is perfect if you have friends with allergies or other eating restrictions.

2. Don’t play bartender. Instead, set out a large bucket filled with ice and a variety of beverages. Your guests can see what’s on hand and grab whatever they want. That way, you have more time to roam and mingle.

3. You can never have too many napkins, or too much ice. Always buy more than you think you need. Nothing is worse that being near the end of the party and running out of essentials—the last thing you want to do is waste time running to the store.

4. Don’t be afraid to “cheat” on dessert! Your guests will appreciate cookies from a local bakery just as much as they would a homemade treat.

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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms
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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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