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Entertaining is Fun: How to Be a Popular Hostess Hardcover – October 29, 2004
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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?
"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."
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Just charming! It's an I Spy into another time, yet the spirit of what she writes is timeless. I got a little bored towards the end, though.Published 4 months ago by Home Graces
Wanted to entertain more, this book is timeless and helpful for gaining insight on how to be a good hostess.Published on August 26, 2011 by A.S.
This is such a great book. The language is entertaining, it draws you in. The ideas are relevant and fun. Read morePublished on June 2, 2010 by Elizabeth Thomas
What a wonderful book. I enjoy looking at it again and again. Great ideas from years ago that can still be used today!Published on June 7, 2007 by Stacy Bates