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Rendezvous with the finer things in life with today’s Groupon without crashing into a Jaguar. For $12, you’ll get tickets to the Expo at the Affair, the Twin Cities' premier entertaining event, a $25 value. The all-day event takes place at the Minneapolis Convention Center on November 7 and 8 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The event promises to be a one-stop holiday inspiration shop for holiday host and hostesses with stages dedicated to a variety of guest-entertaining focuses. For lifestyle, learn about culinary and couture collaboration with chocolate-inspired designs, table-top trends, and little-black-dress accessorization. Bone up on your kitchen skills with chefs advising on holiday how-tos from cheese plates to truffle selection. Put on a good show by learning to create hostess gifts, make floral arrangements, set a table, and deal with all those long-lost cousins.
Instead of tracking down your own experts or forking out hundreds for a pricey party planner, the Affair’s wrangled up industry insiders of all varieties in one convenient location. Consult with caterers, dish with decorators, and get filled in by florists. You’ll also be able to sample the latest sweets (truffles, confections, pastries, cakes, and more), luxury goods (cheeses, meats, seafood, vegetables, fruits), and festive sips (coffees, teas, wines, liquors), and purchase foodie-pleasing presents (jams, cooking accessories, and other kitchen-related items).
Proper Table Setting for Your Next Affair
While attending the Affair, you can learn how to properly set the table for lavish affairs of your own. To get a head start, here’s a primer on proper table setting:
Plates: Every diner needs at least one plate because, at fancy dinners, it’s common to smash the plates at the end of the meal to show disregard for expense.
Glassware: Separate glasses should be provided for water, wine, and the mysterious glowing liquid that guests are encouraged to consume at the meal’s inception.
Cutlery: The fancier the affair, the duller the knives and forks must be, both to prolong the meal’s length and to prevent stabbing outbreaks.
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