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Esquire's Handbook for Hosts: A Time-Honored Guide to the Perfect Party Hardcover – February 1, 1999

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Learn how to throw a hopping party like they did fifty years ago! A must-have for every party giver, Esquire's Handbook for Hosts is a time-honored guide on how to eat, drink and be merry with inimitable style. Originally published in 1949, it offers the secrets of the perfect cocktail party with the tradition, excitement and hosting flair of the postwar heydays. Each of the three main sections, "Eat," "Drink" and "Be Merry," offers a wealth of ideas: delicious main courses and hours d'oeuvres, refined serving suggestions and tasty cocktails. Amusing party games, tricks and puzzles from exotic poker games to bar tricks (suitably called "Checkpayers") break the ice. The more you browse, the more great information you'll find - all vintage 1950s, when the perfect host was king. Complete with party themes, directions on how to stock the bar, tips on making coversation, and clothing advice, this book is a delightful reminder that even the most hopeless host can give a fabulous and memorable party.

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This classic on the art of throwing a party offers secrets from fifty years ago that will make your average affair into a fabulous one.

In This Book You'll Find:

- Over 300 refreshing recipes for cocktails, punch, eggnog, coffees and other drinks

- Over 200 sumptuous recipes for hors d'oeuvres, main dishes, soups and salads

- Entertaining conversation starters, tips and suggestions

- Hilarious games and party tricks

- An etiquette refresher course and clothing suggestions

- Effective hangover cures

- 365 excuses for a party

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Black Dog & Leventhal (February 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1579120431
  • ISBN-13: 978-1579120436
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 1 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #815,775 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on September 23, 2000
This handbook is not only the most informative of all, but it is also a great guide to throwing parties. Its biggest section about making drinks is a fabulous 'word to the wise'. I encourage you to buy this book!
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I seem to keep buying books from mid century about hosting and recipes and entertaining. This book was far too heavy on recipes and short on context and descriptions. And the recipes were just "wouldn't it be manly to make this?" and "don't worry if this doesn't seem manly to make this--it's good."
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Had an original copy that eventually fell apart then got lost. Very practicle, even today for recipes, card games, and other info. Ofparticular note is the rules for the football game using playing cards.
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Was thrilled to find this book, it's stuff like this that makes me love amazon. This is another book that I lost though the years and I looked it up out of curiosity one day and now it's back in my collection of books again. This book has tons of alcoholic drinks as well as any other kind of drinks you can imagine, plus many superb recipes and awesome ideas for parties. It's written back in a time when life was a party everyday , you know back then it seems like everyone was always entertaining and having parties , oh that must have been such a great time to live in!
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