Bloomingdale recalls unforgettable parties she has attended and memorable events she has hosted, presenting a behind-the-scenes look at gala luncheons and elegant dinners enjoyed by the rich and famous. She revels in name-dropping, so look for an international roster of celebrities, eminent chefs, and trendy restaurants; all of them contribute recipes and menus, along with Bloomingdale's personal favorites. Nancy Reagan's chicken pie is one example of an unpretentious dish found among many sophisticated offerings that boast continental overtones. Bloomingdale's culinary advice is accompanied by suggestions for all the finer points of party planning, such as creating the proper ambience. Delicate watercolor illustrations enhance the ebullient text.