From small dinner parties to big-time shindigs, Entertaining For Dummies shows you how to impress and pamper your guests no matter what the occasion. It’s full of fresh, creative ideas and proven tips for creating an unforgettable experience — at your daughter’s sweet sixteen birthday party, a fancy dinner in honor of your boss, or any other get-together.
Whether you’re a homemaker in need of creative ideas for your next big party, or a busy professional who needs to impress the boss without spending a bundle, Entertaining For Dummies covers all the bases — from planning, to decorating, to cooking, to hosting. Regardless of the size of the event or its purpose, you’ll find helpful tips on these topics and more:
- Planning large or small events
- Designing distinctive invitations and a balanced menu
- Creating a comfortable atmosphere in any space
- Making your guests feel welcome
- Hosting a business gathering in your home
- Treating the family to special events like picnics, birthday parties, and Sunday dinners
- Hosting theme events like costume parties
Renowned entertaining speaker Suzanne Williamson offers all the expert advice you need to make every event a success — from black-tie parties to backyard barbecues. She’ll give you all the tools and tips you need to get organized and get your party off the ground. Whether you’re entertaining for a dozen or a thousand, you’ll find everything you need right here:
- Organize a last-minute party
- Use your imagination to create a unique atmosphere
- Drinks—from cocktails to coffee
- Table settings and food presentation
- Hire a disc jockey or band
- Cope with accidents, emergencies, and unplanned occurrences
- Entertain during the holidays
- Parties for children from tots to teens
- Entertain for business associates or government officials
- Solutions for common cooking disasters
If you want step-by-step help on getting your party off the ground, or just a reliable reference for trouble-shooting those unforeseen emergencies, Entertaining For Dummies is the only book you need. It’s full of creative ideas that making throwing your next party a blast — and a breeze.
About the Author
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.
Table of Contents
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.