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The Party Audio, Cassette – Unabridged, June 1, 1999
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Ms. Quinn does mention "names"; she says she does so in order to level the playing field, to show that anyone can drop the ball when entertaining. Her book is filled with anecdotes as well as practical tips. She exhorts would-be hosts and hostesses to follow the Golden Rule: "Treat your guests the way you would like to be treated."
Much of the book repeats commonsensical rules that those of us who entertain already know. However, I did pick up some pointers, such as ". . . no matter how bad the food is or what disaster befalls you in the kitchen, when all else fails, make sure you have plenty of booze on hand, and the party won't be a total bomb," and "[e]veryone in your home must be treated like a celebrity, must be made to feel wanted and special."
"The Party" may not appeal much to experienced party-givers and party-goers. However, it is an amusing addition to more "serious" books on entertaining. For someone who is starting out as a host or hostess, I think he or she will find some good tips here. As Ms. Quinn says, "the point is to have a good time." If one cannot do so, then she says to "get over it."
If you don't know what a "P.R.F." is, then that is reason enough to get this book.
But the key factor is Sally's breezy writing style. It's good enough that I am back on Amazon looking for other books she has authored.
If you have some down time in your own world of adventurous entertaining, pick up this book and settle in for a good time.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Less a how-to and more a fun read with lots of name dropping and inside stories. I really enjoyed it.Published 5 months ago by BlueLily
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 10 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
The title of this book implies that it's a how-to-guide to throwing a great party. You do get a few tips here and there, but this book serves mainly for Sally Quinn to name drop,... Read morePublished on February 9, 2005 by Molly in the Bay Area
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
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