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Entertaining is Fun: How to Be a Popular Hostess Hardcover – October 29, 2004
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Though Draper was a wealthy socialite, her conversational style of writing and her entertaining and party ideas are for anyone who enjoys entertaining ! It was an easy and enjoyable read.
"A delighted hostess is delightful hostess. Plan your party so that you and your husband (we hope you have one) will have a good time and your guests will have the time of their lives."
The Good Housekeeping columnist ("Ask Dorothy Draper") and NYC socialite was responsible for the look of the painted row houses on Sutton Place "black, black, and black, with white trim and shining colored doors," writes Carleton Varney in his introduction. She also designed rooms at Hampshire House, the "pool room" at the Met museum and famous hotels around the country. She thought of the tabletop as she thought of a room: the tabletop was treated as a wall. China patterns were designs like curtains, flatware and crystal were lamps and pillows, all coordinated & perfect. Here's another of Draper quotes that seems to speak against perfectionism, but it could be one of Hyacinth Bucket's lectures to her next door neighbor Elizabeth, who always became clumsy & nervous in Hyacinth's presence and dropped things during tea:
"There was a woman who never asked her friends to come in to tea simply because she hadn't a silver tea set. At least that is the conscious reason she gave her husband and herself. Actually It wasn't the lack of a silver tea set that prevented her from having a normal social life. It was the Will to Be Dreary. That perverse spirit simply seized on the tea set as an excuse. It can provide you with a dozen alibis, all of which sound quite plausible. But don't accept them. Remember what I said a while ago about fun being good for you. Try the prescription and see how it works."