Party: A Guide To Adventurous Entertaining

Party: A Guide To Adventurous Entertaining

by Sally Quinn
     
 

In The Party, Sally Quinn turns her trademark sharp wit on the Washington social scene and offers an irreverent look at what goes on at the parties you read about in the columns. From seating debacles to real-life scandals, she reveals her firsthand experiences as a member of the Washington power elite to illustrate how to entertain for any occasion.

No

Overview

In The Party, Sally Quinn turns her trademark sharp wit on the Washington social scene and offers an irreverent look at what goes on at the parties you read about in the columns. From seating debacles to real-life scandals, she reveals her firsthand experiences as a member of the Washington power elite to illustrate how to entertain for any occasion.

No one knows better than Quinn how to make parties work. She has thrown some of the most talked-about parties and has attended most of the others. As Quinn writes, all that is necessary is that the host live by the golden rule: "Treat your guests the way you would like to be treated."

The Party provides a checklist of ideas to help make the important decisions—such as what time of day (or night) or month and how to choose the invitations, the place, the food, the booze, the setting, the table, the entertainment, and, above all, the guests. Within these guidelines, Quinn tells about her own adventures, stories, and techniques from all kinds of different parties—from the elaborate, formal dinner to the impromptu get-together. Her playful, poignant, and often hilarious accounts of party disasters from her own and others' parties will strike a chord with anyone who has ever entertained.

The Party is not only an amusing and lively glimpse into the party scene but also a useful and practical guide to making your own parties a success and guaranteeing that your guests will want to come back.

Editorial Reviews

Kirkus Reviews
Trite, trivial, and tasteless describe this unrewarding effort of a society reporter, novelist, and "sometime Washington hostess."

That latter label horrified Quinn (Happy Endings, 1991) when she heard it aplied to her on Good Morning America. She was, after all, a "serious journalist," and "hostess" was synonymous with "frivolous" in her view. She was, alas, somehow persuaded otherwise. Quinn has organized a book about giving parties that begins with a credible mantra from her party-giving parents: "A guest can do no wrong." It's downhill from there. Names—from the Clintons to Princess Margaret, Henry Kissinger to Lauren Bacall, and Washington pundits too numerous to mention or remember—are scattered profusely, but many of the anecdotes are pointless and without context. One secret of legendary hostess Perle Mesta's success, she tells us, was to hang a lamb chop in her window to signal a party—but why? Perhaps lamb chops have a kinky sexual connotation not revealed here. More likely, it was WW II and meat was rationed, making lamb chops a surefire lure for partygoers. No hint of that historic motive from Quinn, whose party success meter seems to be how many guests "in black tie and . . . evening gowns were reclining all over the living room floor giggling." Moreover, in a chapter alluringly titled "The Booze," her vaunted motto regarding the immunity of guests stops short at large cocktail parties, where she refuses to serve red wine because "people spill," and coffee after dinner, because "it kills the party"—presumably sobering everyone up. Other chapters deal equally improbably with table settings, entertainment after the meal, and where to have the party.

Beginning and ending chapters are titled "The Point" and "The Point (Again)," but Quinn seems to have missed it both times. Go to Miss Manners for a useful guide to party giving or to almost any celebrity bio for better anecdotes about parties-I- have-known.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780684849607
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Publication date:
09/03/1998
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.38(h) x 0.70(d)

Related Subjects

Meet the Author

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >