Entertaining for Dummies

Entertaining for Dummies

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"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, Estee 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 dinnersPut together a fabulous guest list and send distinctive invitationsDesign a balanced menu - regardless of whether you love to cook, hate to cook, or don't have time to cookCreate a warm and comfortable atmosphere in any spaceMake your guests feel welcome and comfortable from the moment they walk in the doorBoost your career by hosting a business gathering in your homeTreat your family to special events such as picnics, surprise birthday parties, and Sunday dinnersHost themed events such as costume parties, tropical escapes, or trips back in timeManage a large party without blowing your budget or losing your mind
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  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 185.42 x 231.14 x 25.4mm | 680.39g
  • John Wiley & Sons Inc
  • Hungry Minds Inc,U.S.
  • Foster City, United States
  • English
  • 0764550276
  • 9780764550270

About Suzanne Williamson

About the Authors Suzanne Williamson is a renowned entertaining expert and speaker. As the daughter of a foreign service diplomat, she has lived and traveled around the world and has experienced a vast array of entertaining styles throughout the United States, Europe, and Africa. Her seminars have drawn overwhelming response nationwide. In addition to giving lectures, she is currently coauthoring a cookbook with bestselling novelist Pat Conroy. Linda Smith is a freelance writer whose work has been featured in a number of local, regional, and national publications. She is currently coauthoring a book about children's parties.
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Table of contents

Foreword. Introduction. PART I: Party Planning 101. Chapter 1: Getting Started: You Have What It Takes. Chapter 2: Guess Who's Coming to Dinner. Chapter 3: Secrets to the "Big O": Organization. Chapter 4: Invitations. Chapter 5: Choosing and Using Space. Chapter 6: Creating the Atmosphere. PART II: Eating and Drinking. Chapter 7: Dreaming Up the Perfect Menu. Chapter 8: Balancing Menus. Chapter 9: Cocktails to Coffee. PART III: Minor Details, Major Impressions. Chapter 10: Table Settings and Food Presentation. Chapter 11: Bring on the Entertainment. Chapter 12: Manners, Conversations, and Coping Mechanisms. PART IV: Occasional Opportunities. Chapter 13: Everyday Celebrations. Chapter 14: Holiday Entertaining. Chapter 15: Big Parties. Chapter 16: Tots to Teens: Planning Parties for Children. Chapter 17: Business Entertaining. PART V: The Part of Tens. Chapter 18: Ten Times Five = Fifty More Menus. Chapter 19: Solutions to Ten Common Cooking Disasters. Chapter 20: Ten (Or So) Once-in-a-Lifetime Parties. Chapter 21: Ten Frequently Asked Questions about Entertaining. PART VI: Appendixes. Appendix A: Evaluating Your Party. Appendix B: Entertaining Calendar. Appendix C: Resource List. Index.
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