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Before she married Ben Bradlee, former executive editor of the Washington Post, and became a society hostess herself, Sally Quinn made her living going to parties and reporting on them for the Post's "Style" section. Her years of experience as both guest and hostess have put Quinn in the perfect position to counsel others on the dos and don'ts of entertaining, and she does so with gusto in The Party. Granted, the average reader won't be faced with some of the problems Quinn and her beltway buddies cope with regularly--the president of the United States staying longer than expected at a pre-dinner cocktail party, for example, or the ambassador to Great Britain getting drunk and making out with a reporter (not his wife) in the spare bedroom. Still, Quinn points out, some things are universal, whether you're entertaining in an embassy ballroom or a one-room apartment in Queens: good food, good drink, and good company make for a great party. And even if you don't throw parties like Quinn does, you can still enjoy getting the dish on after-hours Washington . The Party is the next-best thing to being invited to Sally Quinn's house for dinner. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Having started her journalistic career covering the Washington social scene for the Washington Post's style section and now married to former executive editor Ben Bradlee, Quinn knows a thing or two about parties. "Over the years I have gone to thousands and given hundreds. And over the years I think I have been able to figure out what makes things work." Here she shares with anxious would-be hosts or hostesses her tips for throwing a successful party. Stressing the importance of making sure your guests have a good time, Quinn details elements to consider: the setting, food, booze, table, entertainment, and guests. She interposes her advice with gossipy stories of celebrity-laden disasters and hits. At times the name dropping becomes excessive ("Dick Cavett drove all the way from Montauk with his dog in the car, Swedish actress BiBi Anderson was there"). And how many of us entertain the president of the United States? But, unlike Martha Stewart, Quinn at least has a sense of humor. An optional purchase.?Wilda Williams, "Library Journal"
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Brilliant book. Changed the way I entertain totally. Worth it to find out what a PRF is. Probably not a good book if you're really looking for Martha Stewart recipes and table... Read morePublished 5 months ago by White china cat
The Party has much useful advice given in a very witty, candid style and is full of gossipy information about Washington insiders. Read morePublished on August 5, 2013 by mimi of many
I don't think Sally Quinn meant for this to be a guide to entertaining. It's light and breezy and certainly a fun summertime read. Read morePublished on July 26, 2009 by S. Daniel
I live in Bermuda and picked this book up at our local "high end" charity thrift shop for a dollar. Being from Virginia, I thought "Why not? Read morePublished on February 13, 2003 by "kiminbermuda"
I entertain a lot so I bought this book thinking in was a guide to entertaining.I am not from the USA so I didn't have a clue who this women was I also hadn't heard of half the... Read morePublished on December 16, 2002
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It's great light reading, even if you're not planning a party. Sally's writing style is witty; her tips are practical. Read morePublished on March 22, 2000
This book was a hoot -- a light hearted romp through the dining rooms of the Quninn/Bradley's and other DC luminaries. Mrs. Read morePublished on January 27, 1999