Exploding sticks: Arrange 4 sticks into the pattern shown at website. Add another stick to the top to secure the end. This stick must go diagonally across to hold down the ends of the top horizontal stick and the right vertical stick. Build the chain by adding craft sticks, one at a time to each side. Each stick should go over one stick, and under one stick. If a video would help, you can check out the post at Mom Trusted. X
With many moving pieces to manage, planning and hosting a cocktail party can frazzle even a seasoned host. But, it doesn't have to be that way — at least, it doesn't have to be as stressful as you might imagine. The smart host's secret: do as much of the party prep as you can in the days prior to your party. That means choosing a punch recipe over cocktails, stocking up on beer and wine in the days prior, and relying mostly on make-ahead appetizers, like these that we've rounded up.