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Entertaining is Fun: How to Be a Popular Hostess Hardcover – October 29, 2004

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Dorothy Draper was born in 1889. She got her start in interior design. having decorated the Carlyle Hotel in Manhattan and the Greenbriar Hotel in West Virginia. She died in 1969 at age 80.
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  • Hardcover: 268 pages
  • Publisher: Rizzoli; 1st Rizzoli Ed edition (October 29, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0847826198
  • ISBN-13: 978-0847826193
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #99,320 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By anonymous on November 7, 2004
Format: Hardcover
If you're looking for some new ideas, as well as a peek into entertaining during the 1940's, you'll find a lot to enjoy in this reprint of Dorothy Draper's charming guide to entertaining. With an emphasis on simple, unpretentious planning, I think it was quite ahead of its time. This might make a good hostess gift!
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29 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Usonian33 on April 30, 2005
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Not as important or famous as Draper's "Decorating is Fun," but her 1941 "Entertaining" book is still amusing, deserving a spot on your coffee table next to an old 1940s Emily Post Etiquette book (when is somone gonna get wise and issue reprints of THOSE?).

Among the highlights is a full list of what every well-appointed home cannot do without, just in case an unexpected guest drops by ("a charming tea set," "a good hall mirror," and "a big metal bell with a lovely tone, to call people in from the garden for games or meals..."), and how to throw a dinner party--1940s style.

Fascinating book. In no time you'll be providing crisp stationery, fresh flowers, 700-thread-count sheets and a luggage stand for your weekend guests...and really, aren't those the "family values" that matter most?
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Lady La on November 8, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This book is wonderful. I just love Draper's tone and conversational way of writing. She offers ideas for all budgets and lifestyles. Charmingly retro, with plenty of good advice for today's hostesses. I could not put it down.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By tmp VINE VOICE on June 26, 2008
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Some people will buy this for the camp value, but there is a surprisingly large amount of tips and info that are perfectly current, in fact timeless. Like this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By N. Lipham on November 1, 2006
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Dorothy Draper was known for her sense of style in both decorating and entertaining. Although this book was written in the mid-1900s the entertaining suggestions are timeless. The book itself is fun with its typical 1950s illustrations and speech. This is a book that is fun to use to while away an afternoon.
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