Guests Without Grief: Entertaining Made Easy for the Hesitant Host

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Domestic advice maven Paula Jhung (How to Avoid Housework) provides more practical help in Guests Without Grief: Entertaining Made Easy for the Hesitant Host. Borrowing from Thoreau, she begins with the suggestion to simplify, and then (with more humor), she explains how to have a company-clean home (clean what shows) and an organized, uncluttered kitchen. She tells how a host can buy flowers without breaking the budget, hire a caterer, feed a throng and put it all together while having fun and without falling ...
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Overview

Domestic advice maven Paula Jhung (How to Avoid Housework) provides more practical help in Guests Without Grief: Entertaining Made Easy for the Hesitant Host. Borrowing from Thoreau, she begins with the suggestion to simplify, and then (with more humor), she explains how to have a company-clean home (clean what shows) and an organized, uncluttered kitchen. She tells how a host can buy flowers without breaking the budget, hire a caterer, feed a throng and put it all together while having fun and without falling apart. Anecdotes, amusing quotes and quizzes add spirit and dash.

From the writer whose How to Avoid Housework made thousands of homes cleaner and thousands of lives easier comes a painless guide to entertaining with self-confidence and panache. Jhung shows how even "guest-o-phobics" can relax and enjoy entertaining. Line drawings throughout. 192 pp. 7-city author tour. National print publicity.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780684818849
  • Publisher: Touchstone
  • Publication date: 4/9/1997
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 0.55 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 8.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Paula Jhung is the author of Cleaning and the Meaning of Life and Guests without Grief and coauthor of Entertaining at Home. A regular contributor to Family Circle, her articles have appeared in dozens of publications including House Beautiful, Bridal Guide, Woman’s World, and Cosmopolitan. She is an interior designer who owns CleanDesign, a low-maintenance, high-comfort decorating service. Visit Paula at PaulaJhung.com.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Revelations of a Reluctant Host 1
1 Secrets of a Company-Clean Home 7
2 Fast Fixes for Frazzled Rooms 15
3 Setting the Stage 23
4 The Livable Dining Room 34
5 The Entertaining Kitchen 45
6 Flowers and Flourishes 54
7 Sharing the Fuss and the Fun 65
8 Cool Cocktail Parties 73
9 Bodacious Buffets 83
10 Secrets of Successful Sit-Down Dinners 92
11 A Grab Bag of Entertaining Ideas for All Ages 102
12 Dealing with Drop-ins 115
13 Entertaining in a Restaurant 123
14 Houseguests - The Ultimate Test 130
15 Quick Cleanups 141
16 How to Be a Great Guest 148
17 Time Shavers 159
18 The Joy of Not Cooking 170
19 Playing with Food 178
20 How Not to Poison the Guests 186
21 Recipes and Menus 195
Acknowledgments 218
Index 219
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