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About the Author

Jeanne Benedict balances her career as an author of three cookbook and entertaining guides with being a TV host and an adoring mommy. Known as a chef and designer, she has styled everything from lavish parties to home dcor. She lives with her family and at the time of this publication, she will have been pregnant for 1.5 years.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Yorkshire Publishing (October 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0881442186
  • ISBN-13: 978-0881442182
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 0.7 x 9.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,383,371 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a must have for yourself and for those you love!! I have already purchased a bunch for holiday gifts, teacher gifts and my dear nieces upcoming wedding shower.
Top 10 things I love about this book:
#10- The Price. I could not believe that for less than 20.00 it contained so much useful and interesting info
#9- The French 75 Drink. Enough said. Try it.
#8-It fits easily in your purse to take to the store when you want to refer to the shopping list.
#7- Already has helped me make a holiday menu!
#6- Looks beautiful on my coffee table
#5- I hate to entertain and it has inspired me to, so my daughter is thrilled.
#4-I actually made the Black Olive Canapes! My friend invited me to dinner and had the nerve to say I could not bring my usual bottle of wine. They were a hit!
#3-The toolbox List. I used it to finally organize my cluttered cabinets.
#2- My Aunt loves the book. She has it all and is the ultimate cook and host. I gave it to her on her 75th birthday and she has already hosted a cocktail party for her girlfriends following the "What a Girl Wants" party in the book!!
And my #1 reason for recommending this book is the PICTURES!! You do not have to guess how things should look. You get a pristine photo of how the finished recipes should look. CHEERS GIRLS!!!
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Plan to Party by Elizabeth Mascali and Dawn Sandomeno is one of the best party planning books I have ever read. The book is visually beautiful, and it does make a great gift, but the best is the information! The book is full of ideas that are easy to execute, yet make your party to look like a professional planned it. These two professionals make it easy for you to become a better hostess with less stress and let you too to enjoy your next party. The recipe and food ideas are easy, and most of them you can do ahead of the time. This book is a must have for everyone who ever hosts parties at home; whether you are planning a big party, or a small family gathering. Check out also the authors' blog [...] for more party planning ideas. Dawn and Elizabeth are amazing women, and their warm hearts and joy of life comes through in their beautiful book and I wish there was a way to give more than five stars :)
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Enjoyed this book. Beautiful, colorful pictures. Good recipes. I find the layout for the parties described a little hard to follow. The parties used are a bit "fancy" for what I was looking for. But it does give great tips, and is fun to look through.
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I am used to books that are tightly organized and easy to find what I need/want.
While this very good and it isn't quite that organized, it's well worth buying, sitting down and going through the pages to find lots of valuable "pearls". I quickly grew to like its quirky set up, and found myself putting bits of paper at recipes or clever ideas that make the book well worth getting. Hey, they even love one of my favorite California cheeses-Humbolt Fog! The price is right, and what it saves you in potential mistakes is worth an armful of books!

The first 5 pages are attractive photos..the next 25 some pages give insight into the two writers and their families. The body of the book is about four major party themes with menu and activities:
Wine Country Crush pages 64-119
A Night in Venice pages 120-177
Chocolate Soiree pages 178-219
What a Girl Wants pages 220-265
That's a lot of pages, for each of four theme parties!

By the end of the book, you feel you know the writers and their families a little bit. Each party has its merits.
Wine Country Crush- You know how to send out beautiful invitations, organize a cheese and wine tasting to have it easy and fun. Guests have a delicious risotto topped with braiased beef short ribs in Cabernet wine sauce- that's easy to make. Recipes are simple, and should be tasty-why knock yourself out? It covers the flow of the evening from room to room and sets the time for each mini-activity, and even sets the table!
A Night in Venice- You get a feel or life in Venice as well as the food. Make tramezzini, ombra, and cicchetti-easy andauthentic.
What a Girl Wants -gave a great apple and brie crostini that you can use for any event, plus solid party planning tips.
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Fried olives? Who knew?! This book is fantastic. Great (and do-able) recipes and takes you from start to finish with all your party planning needs. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who likes to entertain. Even someone who entertains often will learn a few new tricks from Dawn & Elizabeth.
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By Susan on October 19, 2010
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I just received my copy of Plan to Party!! It is a visually appealing book, introducing Elizabeth Mascali and Dawn Sandomeno, with words that touch the heart of all who welcome people into their homes! I can't wait to read every section.... the photographs are so beautiful and yummy! Well done, Bravo, Congratulations to the lovely authors! PLAN TO PARTY will be my gift of choice for my nearest and dearest this holiday season!!!
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