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Entertaining For Dummies (For Dummies (Lifestyles Paperback)) Paperback – October 6, 1997
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At last! An antidote to Martha Stewart. Entertaining for Dummies is a book for the rest of us--a no-nonsense guide to planning and executing every kind of social gathering from a picnic to a formal holiday dinner. The book is divided into five parts; in the first, you'll get plenty of useful tips on planning parties, from making guest lists and planning seating arrangements to arranging the furniture for maximum comfort. Part 2 helps you plan your menu, while Part 3 offers suggestions on how to make a great impression on your guests. This is the chapter to come to if you're wondering just how to set the table or whether it's proper to eat asparagus with your hands. In Part 4, Entertaining for Dummies demonstrates that even ordinary occasions, such as the evening meal, can be social events, then segues into discussions of holiday parties, children's parties, and business entertaining. The last section is "the fun part" in which lots more menus are offered up along with some cooking tips and lots of great once-in-a-lifetime party ideas, such as a "Journey to Ancient Egypt" or a western-style harvest moon celebration. Entertaining for Dummies tells you everything you need to know to make every social gathering a roaring success.
From the Back Cover
"If you cannot entertain after reading this book, it is possible that you are hopeless and shall be condemned to wandering the earth alone forever." Pat Conroy, Bestselling Novelist "A clear, concise road map to the art of successful and fun entertaining invaluable." Bob Woodrum, Managing Director, Kom-Ferry International "Grab is, read it, study it, and do what the authors suggest, and you will reap dividends you never dreamed possible." Ida Crawford Stewart, Former Vice President of, and Personal Assistant to, Estée Lauder
Filled with Practical, Easy-to-Follow Advice for Planning Fabulous Parties!
Do you want to throw a holiday cocktail party next year but don't know where to start? Would you like to entertain the office crowd but you're not sure what kind of food to serve? Or do you just need some tips on making small talk? Don't stress! Let Entertaining For Dummies bring fresh ideas to your social gatherings! Whether you'd like to host your daughter's sweet sixteen birthday party or invite your boss over for dinner, this handy reference will help you achieve entertaining success time and time again!
Inside, you'll discover how to:
- Plan and execute any event from holiday parties to family picnics to elegant black-tie dinners
- Put together a fabulous guest list and send distinctive invitations
- Design a balanced menu regardless of whether you love to cook, hate to cook, or don't have time to cook
- Create a warm and comfortable atmosphere in any space
- Make your guests feel welcome and comfortable from the moment they walk in the door
- Boost your career by hosting a business gathering in your home
- Treat your family to special events such as picnics, surprise birthday parties, and Sunday dinners
- Host themed events such as costume parties, tropical escapes, or trips back in time
- Manage a large party without blowing your budget or losing your mind
Top customer reviews
There's no doubt that this book is basic, but it was just what I needed. It demystified the entertaining process, showing me that even I could throw a memorable bash. Sure, the authors say, things will go wrong, but there are ways to handle them.
This book includes sample menus, suggestions on how to have fun at your party by planning and cooking (or buying) ahead, and a step-by-step guide through a variety of parties. At the last page, I felt inspired and excited about throwing a party--entirely a new feeling for me!
One could cut out over half the chatty words, and make a better written 2nd edition. Pictures of settings, garnishing, updated information and recipes, etc would bring it up to snuff with the many other, newer books on entertaining, that you'd be much, much happier with.
Mrs. Williamson knew her stuff back then in the 90's when this was written; why embarass yourself entertaining today from this now out of date book, with the style of the 80's and 90's?
Better yet, try one of a dozen or so Entertaining books out on the shelves. This is on sale for less than fifty cents for a reason. I would wait for a 2nd edition, rather than settle for this first edition.