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Have to plan a party? Whether you're planning the social event of the season or a meeting with your book club, getting organized, cleaning, shopping and cooking can take more of your time than you can afford. Plan a Fabulous Party In No Time can make party planning easy and fun! With more than 45 different party themes to choose from, and instructions on how to create your own, you will be supplied with all the shopping lists, to-do lists and menus you'll need to plan the perfect party. Even find out how to make store-bought foods and favors look like it took you hours of intense-labor to create at home! Some of the party ideas include:

  • Holiday Parties
  • Bitter Party (with an ex-boyfriend bonfire)
  • Luau
  • New Year's Eve Cocktail Party
  • Wedding and Baby Showers
  • Housewarming Party
  • Retirement Party
You'll be able to step out of the kitchen and actually enjoy your next party with the help of Plan a Fabulous Party In No Time.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780789732217
  • Publisher: Que
  • Publication date: 11/12/2004
  • Series: In No Time Series
  • Pages: 243
  • Product dimensions: 7.38 (w) x 9.08 (h) x 0.61 (d)

Meet the Author

Tamar Love is a freelance writer and editor with eight years of professional experience. In addition to writing regular features for Tana's Habitat, a do-it- yourself/lifestyle website for Generations X & Y, Tamar writes and edits for Random House and Chronicle Books and runs Cranky Editor (www.crankyeditor.com), her editorial services company.

For many years, Tamar was a food writer and literary arts editor at SF Station (www.sfstation.com), an alternative web guide to the city of San Francisco. Tamar was also a staff writer for About.com, worked the news desk at Wired News and wrote features for the San Francisco Examiner, CitySearch and MyPleasure.com. Other clients have included Time Out travel guides, Food First environmental publishing, Ten Speed Press and The Sharper Image. She has edited three books on etiquette. Tamar received her Master of Arts in creative writing from San Francisco State University in 2000. A resident of the Bay Area for almost a decade, Tamar now lives in Burbank, California with her husband, cats and dogs.

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Table of Contents

Introduction.

I. KNOW YOUR PARTY SELF.

1. Know Your Party Style.

What Kind of Host Are You?

Time and Money: Formal Versus Casual.

Attitude: Classy Versus Kitschy.

Creativity: Modern Versus Traditional.

Partying with Your Style in Mind.

A Party for Every Budget.

No-Frills Fêtes.

Midrange Merrymaking.

Fancy Schmancy.

Summary.

2. Choosing Party Venues.

In the House.

Meal and Cocktail Parties.

Open Houses.

Block Parties.

Out of the House.

Restaurants and Bars.

Large Venues.

Destination Parties.

The Great Outdoors.

The Park.

Tailgate Parties.

The Beach.

Camping.

Summary.

3. Party Basics.

Selecting a Theme.

Nontraditional Holiday Traditions.

Mixing Up Occasion Party Themes.

Serving Up Savory Meal Parties.

Hosting a Theme-Based Party.

Choosing Party Décor.

Planning for Food and Drink.

Understanding Party Food Basics.

Planning Drinks for Your Party.

Basic Tools for Dining and Drinking.

Planning Party Entertainment.

Napkin-Folding 101.

Putting Your Party to Music.

Incorporating Activities.

Hiring Entertainment.

Offering Party Favors.

Summary.

4. Minding Your Ps and Qs.

Putting Together a Guest List.

Mixing Groups.

Inviting People Who Hate One Another.

Being a Good Host.

Providing a Clean, Safe Environment.

Greeting Guests Warmly.

Making Introductions.

Working the Room.

Using (and Encouraging) Proper Table Manners.

Leading by Example.

Making Dinner Conversation.

When Disaster Strikes.

Letting Your Guests Know the House Rules.

Handling Uninvited Guests.

Putting a Stop to Rudeness.

Managing Smoking, Alcohol, and Drug Use.

Finding Love in Unexpected Places.

Closing Down Shop.

Coffee-Nature's Miracle Worker.

Dealing with Stragglers.

Thanking Your Guests.

Summary.

II. THE PERFECT PARTY.

5. Planning Ahead.

Planning a Party Budget.

Setting a Party Date.

Choosing a Theme.

Deciding on the Party's Venue.

Drawing Up the Guest List.

Sending Out Invitations.

Planning the Party Food.

Making a Shopping List.

Calculating Final Costs.

Stocking Up on Beverages.

Gathering the Necessary Tools.

Decorating for the Party.

Planning Entertainment or Activities.

Choosing the Right Music.

Buying Great (but Cheap!) Party Favors.

Checking Over Your Final Budget, Shopping, and Tools Lists.

Summary.

6. Counting Down.

Doing It Ahead!

To-Do Lists.

The Shopping List.

The To-Do List.

Mastering Your Task List.

Planning It Out.

Everything in Good Time.

Finalizing the List.

Scheduling Your Time.

Summary.

7. The Big Day: Successfully Hosting a Party.

Checking the Status of Your Party Preparations.

Reviewing Your Task List.

Handling Any Emergencies.

Taking "Snapshots" of Your Party Planning.

Managing Your Party's Progression.

Remembering Your Manners.

Serving Up Food and Drink.

Monitoring the Flow.

Entertaining with Activities.

Closing Down Shop.

Summary.

8. The After Party.

Mandatory Cleaning.

Safely Storing Leftovers.

Doing Only What's Necessary.

Day-After Cleaning Up.

Thanking Your Guests.

Remaining Realistic.

Disposing of Other People's Stuff.

Thanking Your Helpers.

Summary.

III. VARIATIONS ON A THEME.

9. Holiday Parties.

New Year's Day Hangover Party.

Valentine's Day Bitter Party.

St. Patrick's Day Progressive Party.

May Day Dessert Party.

Independence Day Block Party.

Labor Day Picnic.

Halloween Costume Party.

Multicultural Winter Party.

Summary.

10. Occasion Parties.

Birthday Parties.

Birthday Picnic.

Celebrating Different Birthdays.

Showers.

Wedding Shower.

Other Types of Showers.

Housewarming Parties.

Office Parties.

Menu.

Office-Party Options.

Summary.

11. Throwing a Theme Party.

Clever Costume Parties.

Reincarnation Party: Come as You Were.

Other Creative Costume Parties.

Gaming Parties.

Dice Party.

More Ideas for Fun and Games.

Entertainment Is the Party.

Pet-Together.

More Group Gatherings.

"Girly" Parties.

Craft Party.

More Girly Fun.

Summary.

IV. PARTY PLANNING TOOLS.

A. References and Resources.

Stores.

Books.

B. Party Tools.

To Have on Hand.

Equipment.

Electronics.

Gadgets.

Pantry.

Freezer.

Refrigerator.

Linen Cabinet.

Serveware.

Other Essentials.

Food and Drink Calculator.

Budget Planner.

Task List.

Grocery Shopping.

Index.

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Preface

Introduction

When I was a kid, we seldom had company over, and my mother never threw parties. Although she'd followed the pre-inflation life path of many women in the late 1950s and '60s by majoring in home economics in high school (yes, they had majors in high school back then), she absolutely hated entertaining. She cooked beautifully: moist, juicy turkey at Thanksgiving, dozens of unique cookies at Christmas, a home-baked ham at Easter, and nutritious, home-cooked meals all year long. However, all this cooking was "wasted" on just my father and me—and a few relatives on holidays.

I grew up attending other people's parties, wondering why we never had any of our own. Sure, I'd get a small birthday party or two, but nothing like my other friends had: roller-rink birthday parties, group outings to the park, and sleepovers with 12 or more girls. I felt woefully neglected!

It wasn't until I was an adult that I realize why Mom hated entertaining so much. It's hard work! Invitations, menu planning, shopping, decorating, cooking, hosting, cleaning up—and you have to be charming and gracious the whole time. The real kicker, though, is the expense. Parties can eat a hole in your budget, often costing far more than you'd planned. There really isn't a lot to get excited about—I can see why Mom preferred to be a guest!

However, parties don't have to be a royal pain and a financial drain. It is possible to entertain on a budget, even if you have a busy schedule and limited experience with cooking and hosting. I learned to do it, and so can you.

My friends first dubbed me "cruise director" many years ago, because my favorite thing to do is organize events. I love to have friends over for dinner parties, throw picnics at the park and on the beach, organize group outings to restaurants and other entertainment venues, and launch reading groups and craft parties. To me, the more the merrier! The only problem is that when more people are involved, the work gets that much harder. To become a successful cruise director, you have to learn a few basic skills.

What Plan a Fabulous Party In No Time Is About—and What It Is Not

The In No Time series was created for busy people who want to develop certain skills or tackle a long-overdue project, but who don't have a lot of time or money to spend on complex processes and complicated directions. The series title has two meanings: You want to spend very little time planning and throwing your party, and you don't have a lot of time to figure out how! This book will address both aspects of the In No Time series goal, giving you simple instructions in a quick, concise format you can breeze through in no time.

If you want to learn to become a professional event planner, a master chef, or a fabulous interior decorator, you will find many detailed books on these subjects; however, this is not one of them! Plan a Fabulous Party In No Time is not a detailed guide to every kind of party imaginable, but rather a concise guide to throwing the best party, with ideas about how to adjust the perfect party to almost any scenario.

In a fun and fast format, this book will guide you through different aspects of party planning, including

  • Determining your personal party style
  • Throwing a fantastic party on any budget
  • Deciding the theme for your party and planning accordingly
  • Selecting the right location for your party
  • Creating ambience with music and décor
  • Making a guest list and sending out invitations
  • Planning a menu and shopping for the right ingredients
  • Preparing ahead for the big day
  • Managing your party from beginning to end
  • Learning to mind your party Ps and Qs—and helping your guests out of sticky situations
  • Dealing with the "after party"
  • Ensuring your guests have an utterly fabulous time

Because I taught myself the fastest, easiest, and least expensive way to host gatherings, you'll reap the benefits of my knowledge as you read this book. You won't find any extravagant suggestions or overly complicated instructions, but the very best way to host the very best party for you.

Who Should Read This Book

I wrote this book with my friends, family, and colleagues in mind: interesting people with average incomes and moderate culinary skills who love to throw a great party when the mood strikes them. If that description fits you, then you are reading the right book! In more detailed terms, this book was meant for readers who

  • Love to throw parties, but find they often spend more time and money than they'd like
  • Have never thrown a party before in their adult lives, but are looking forward to learning how
  • Have thrown dozens of successful parties, but are always looking for a great tip or a new idea
  • Are devoted guests (folks like Mom) who never want to throw a party as long as they live, but love to help their friends and family entertain

Some people will quickly realize that they need more resources than this book provides. For example, if your home is on the messy side, you might want to read a few organizational books and turn your "before" into an "after"—before you host your first party. If your cooking skills are nonexistent, you might want to supplement your reading with a basic cooking class. If you don't know the difference between vodka and rum, you'll want to take a tour of your local liquor superstore.

At the end of this book, I've included a number of resources and recommendations for further reading, so don't worry overmuch if you don't understand a particular direction. I promise that this book won't leave you feeling lost in the world of partydom.

How to Use This Book

Although I have written this book from beginning to end, you don't have to read it that way. You should read the first few chapters, though, so you can learn some basics about easy entertaining. Once you have mastered the fundamentals, you can skip ahead and read about the type of party you want to host. You'll want to skim through the sections on different kinds of parties, and you'll certainly want to review the appendixes, which contain some important tools for party preparation. However, this book, like all the books in the In No Time series, was meant to be a reference guide, not a novel to be read from start to finish (although you will not be penalized for doing so, should you wish!).

This book is divided into four main parts:

  • Part I: Know Your Party Self shows you how to differentiate the kinds of parties that fill you with joy from those that fill you with dread. You'll learn how to select dates, themes and venues, plan around your budget and schedule, create physical moods that suit different events, plan entertainment and events your guests will love and ensure everyone has a great time—including you!
  • Part II: The Perfect Party takes you through a complete party, giving instructions on making a specific budget, menu, guest list and shopping list, making a to-do list and planning ahead, managing your many tasks on the day of the party, learning to delegate, guiding your party from the moment the guests arrive to the hour they depart and cleaning up after everyone is gone.
  • Part III: Variations on a Theme shows you how to incorporate the "perfect party" detailed in Part II into the specific event you want to host: holiday parties, occasion parties, and theme parties, providing menu suggestions, entertainment and activities ideas, and decorating themes for each type of party.
  • Part IV: Party Planning Tools includes kitchen equipment, pantry products, foods for the refrigerator and freezer, and other essentials you should have on hand to prepare for any party. You will also find tools for determining how much food and drink to prepare, budget worksheets, and sample shopping and to-do lists.

On the book's web page, you'll find a More Information box listing the recipes available. I have posted a wide variety of recipes for beverages, appetizers, side dishes, main courses, and desserts, with easy instructions for preparing each dish. Although this site is not meant to be a cookbook, I have included enough recipes to guide you through several parties, after which time you'll be a pro at menu planning and ready to discover your own recipes. To find the recipes, go to http://www.quepublishing.com and type the ISBN of the book (10-digit number listed next to the bar code on the back of your book) into the search field.

You can use the ideas I've presented exactly as they are written, or feel free to customize them for your own experience, adding personal touches wherever you'd like.

Special Elements and Icons

Throughout this book, you'll find a variety of special elements: lists, sidebars, icons, and other "extras" designed to catch your eye and direct it toward items of special interest relevant to the nearby text.

"To Do" and Shopping Lists

I've included specific lists that will help you manage your time and money better as you count down to the date of the party.

  • "To Do" Lists help you save time, organizing your tasks into quick lists you can check off as you complete each item.
  • "You'll Need" Lists help you make sure you have everything you need on hand before you start your preparty tasks.

I've also included a number of special tips, notes, and sidebars, which are designed to bring your focus to different ideas for enhancing your party.

Don't Forget the Details!

Even using this book as a guide, planning and hosting a party involves a million details, many of which can get lost as you strive for party perfection. To help you remember important ideas, I've included five special icons:

Do It Ahead—There is absolutely no reason to become frazzled when you can do so many tasks ahead of time—up to a week or a month, in some cases. Look for the Do It Ahead icon for friendly reminders about tasks that can be taken care of long before the guests arrive.

Penny Pinching—Hey, we're all on a budget—no one knows that better than me! After years of making ends meet without sacrificing my social life, I've accumulated a number of tips on saving money wherever I can, ideas you'll find next to the Penny Pinching icon.

Quality Counts—Although you have a budget, it doesn't mean your guests have to use paper napkins at a formal dinner (unless you are having a Tacky Party). When quality matters, I'll let you know with the Quality Counts icon.

Healthy Hostess—Although my hostess skills were founded on mid-century teachings, a lot has changed since 1955. I'll clue you in on ways to keep you and your guests healthier by using the Healthy Hostess icon.

Stress Buster—Although a completely stress-free party is every host's dream, it is seldom a reality. You might not be able to alleviate your stress entirely, but you can do a great deal to reduce it. Look for the Stress Buster icon to find out how.

Your Party Style

As you read this book, try to keep your own style in mind. Hosting a party is not about following a series of rules and guidelines, but rather creating an experience you and your guests can both enjoy. If a particular element doesn't work for you, don't worry about it. Do what works for you.

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Introduction

Introduction

When I was a kid, we seldom had company over, and my mother never threw parties. Although she'd followed the pre-inflation life path of many women in the late 1950s and '60s by majoring in home economics in high school (yes, they had majors in high school back then), she absolutely hated entertaining. She cooked beautifully: moist, juicy turkey at Thanksgiving, dozens of unique cookies at Christmas, a home-baked ham at Easter, and nutritious, home-cooked meals all year long. However, all this cooking was "wasted"on just my father and me—and a few relatives on holidays.

I grew up attending other people's parties, wondering why we never had any of our own. Sure, I'd get a small birthday party or two, but nothing like my other friends had: roller-rink birthday parties, group outings to the park, and sleepovers with 12 or more girls. I felt woefully neglected!

It wasn't until I was an adult that I realize why Mom hated entertaining so much. It's hard work! Invitations, menu planning, shopping, decorating, cooking, hosting, cleaning up—and you have to be charming and gracious the whole time. The real kicker, though, is the expense. Parties can eat a hole in your budget, often costing far more than you'd planned. There really isn't a lot to get excited about—I can see why Mom preferred to be a guest!

However, parties don't have to be a royal pain and a financial drain. It is possible to entertain on a budget, even if you have a busy schedule and limited experience with cooking and hosting. I learned to do it, and so can you.

My friends first dubbed me "cruise director"many years ago, because my favoritething to do is organize events. I love to have friends over for dinner parties, throw picnics at the park and on the beach, organize group outings to restaurants and other entertainment venues, and launch reading groups and craft parties. To me, the more the merrier! The only problem is that when more people are involved, the work gets that much harder. To become a successful cruise director, you have to learn a few basic skills.

What Plan a Fabulous Party In No Time Is About—and What It Is Not

The In No Time series was created for busy people who want to develop certain skills or tackle a long-overdue project, but who don't have a lot of time or money to spend on complex processes and complicated directions. The series title has two meanings: You want to spend very little time planning and throwing your party, and you don't have a lot of time to figure out how! This book will address both aspects of the In No Time series goal, giving you simple instructions in a quick, concise format you can breeze through in no time.

If you want to learn to become a professional event planner, a master chef, or a fabulous interior decorator, you will find many detailed books on these subjects; however, this is not one of them! Plan a Fabulous Party In No Time is not a detailed guide to every kind of party imaginable, but rather a concise guide to throwing the best party, with ideas about how to adjust the perfect party to almost any scenario.

In a fun and fast format, this book will guide you through different aspects of party planning, including

  • Determining your personal party style

  • Throwing a fantastic party on any budget

  • Deciding the theme for your party and planning accordingly

  • Selecting the right location for your party

  • Creating ambience with music and décor

  • Making a guest list and sending out invitations

  • Planning a menu and shopping for the right ingredients

  • Preparing ahead for the big day

  • Managing your party from beginning to end

  • Learning to mind your party Ps and Qs—and helping your guests out of sticky situations

  • Dealing with the "after party"

  • Ensuring your guests have an utterly fabulous time

Because I taught myself the fastest, easiest, and least expensive way to host gatherings, you'll reap the benefits of my knowledge as you read this book. You won't find any extravagant suggestions or overly complicated instructions, but the very best way to host the very best party for you.

Who Should Read This Book

I wrote this book with my friends, family, and colleagues in mind: interesting people with average incomes and moderate culinary skills who love to throw a great party when the mood strikes them. If that description fits you, then you are reading the right book! In more detailed terms, this book was meant for readers who

  • Love to throw parties, but find they often spend more time and money than they'd like

  • Have never thrown a party before in their adult lives, but are looking forward to learning how

  • Have thrown dozens of successful parties, but are always looking for a great tip or a new idea

  • Are devoted guests (folks like Mom) who never want to throw a party as long as they live, but love to help their friends and family entertain

Some people will quickly realize that they need more resources than this book provides. For example, if your home is on the messy side, you might want to read a few organizational books and turn your "before"into an "after"—before you host your first party. If your cooking skills are nonexistent, you might want to supplement your reading with a basic cooking class. If you don't know the difference between vodka and rum, you'll want to take a tour of your local liquor superstore.

At the end of this book, I've included a number of resources and recommendations for further reading, so don't worry overmuch if you don't understand a particular direction. I promise that this book won't leave you feeling lost in the world of partydom.

How to Use This Book

Although I have written this book from beginning to end, you don't have to read it that way. You should read the first few chapters, though, so you can learn some basics about easy entertaining. Once you have mastered the fundamentals, you can skip ahead and read about the type of party you want to host. You'll want to skim through the sections on different kinds of parties, and you'll certainly want to review the appendixes, which contain some important tools for party preparation. However, this book, like all the books in the In No Time series, was meant to be a reference guide, not a novel to be read from start to finish (although you will not be penalized for doing so, should you wish!).

This book is divided into four main parts:

  • Part I: Know Your Party Self shows you how to differentiate the kinds of parties that fill you with joy from those that fill you with dread. You'll learn how to select dates, themes and venues, plan around your budget and schedule, create physical moods that suit different events, plan entertainment and events your guests will love and ensure everyone has a great time—including you!

  • Part II: The Perfect Party takes you through a complete party, giving instructions on making a specific budget, menu, guest list and shopping list, making a to-do list and planning ahead, managing your many tasks on the day of the party, learning to delegate, guiding your party from the moment the guests arrive to the hour they depart and cleaning up after everyone is gone.

  • Part III: Variations on a Theme shows you how to incorporate the "perfect party"detailed in Part II into the specific event you want to host: holiday parties, occasion parties, and theme parties, providing menu suggestions, entertainment and activities ideas, and decorating themes for each type of party.

  • Part IV: Party Planning Tools includes kitchen equipment, pantry products, foods for the refrigerator and freezer, and other essentials you should have on hand to prepare for any party. You will also find tools for determining how much food and drink to prepare, budget worksheets, and sample shopping and to-do lists.

On the book's web page, you'll find a More Information box listing the recipes available. I have posted a wide variety of recipes for beverages, appetizers, side dishes, main courses, and desserts, with easy instructions for preparing each dish. Although this site is not meant to be a cookbook, I have included enough recipes to guide you through several parties, after which time you'll be a pro at menu planning and ready to discover your own recipes.

You can use the ideas I've presented exactly as they are written, or feel free to customize them for your own experience, adding personal touches wherever you'd like.

Special Elements and Icons

Throughout this book, you'll find a variety of special elements: lists, sidebars, icons, and other "extras"designed to catch your eye and direct it toward items of special interest relevant to the nearby text.

"To Do"and Shopping Lists

I've included specific lists that will help you manage your time and money better as you count down to the date of the party.

  • "To Do"Lists help you save time, organizing your tasks into quick lists you can check off as you complete each item.

  • "You'll Need"Lists help you make sure you have everything you need on hand before you start your preparty tasks.

I've also included a number of special tips, notes, and sidebars, which are designed to bring your focus to different ideas for enhancing your party.

Don't Forget the Details!

Even using this book as a guide, planning and hosting a party involves a million details, many of which can get lost as you strive for party perfection. To help you remember important ideas, I've included five special icons:

Do It Ahead—There is absolutely no reason to become frazzled when you can do so many tasks ahead of time—up to a week or a month, in some cases. Look for the Do It Ahead icon for friendly reminders about tasks that can be taken care of long before the guests arrive.

Penny Pinching—Hey, we're all on a budget—no one knows that better than me! After years of making ends meet without sacrificing my social life, I've accumulated a number of tips on saving money wherever I can, ideas you'll find next to the Penny Pinching icon.

Quality Counts—Although you have a budget, it doesn't mean your guests have to use paper napkins at a formal dinner (unless you are having a Tacky Party). When quality matters, I'll let you know with the Quality Counts icon.

Healthy Hostess—Although my hostess skills were founded on mid-century teachings, a lot has changed since 1955. I'll clue you in on ways to keep you and your guests healthier by using the Healthy Hostess icon.

Stress Buster—Although a completely stress-free party is every host's dream, it is seldom a reality. You might not be able to alleviate your stress entirely, but you can do a great deal to reduce it. Look for the Stress Buster icon to find out how.

Your Party Style

As you read this book, try to keep your own style in mind. Hosting a party is not about following a series of rules and guidelines, but rather creating an experience you and your guests can both enjoy. If a particular element doesn't work for you, don't worry about it. Do what works for you.


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