Easy Entertaining for Beginners: You Can Throw a Fabulous Party, from Holiday Fiesta to a Romantic Evening for Two

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Maple Heights Press, Jan 1, 2008 - Cooking - 172 pages
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Easy Entertaining for Beginners was designed for readers who desire to entertain their family and friends in their own homes, but have never done so in their lives. They will find a helpful "Getting Started" chapter that lays the foundation for planning, preparation and presentation. The following chapters give 13 complete menus for popular occasions. The recipes have been written in an easy-to-follow format. Each chapter includes decorating, music and drink ideas and ends with Optional Shortcuts, Mistakes to Avoid, Party Etiquette and Tips to Ensure Success. Each menu includes a Step-by-Step Checklist that will guide beginners from shopping to food preparation to greeting guests. Easy Entertaining for Beginners is designed to help readers learn to NOT take mistakes too seriously, to gain confidence in their abilities and most of all to enjoy themselves as they experience first successful at-home casual entertaining.
  

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User Review  - Tiname - LibraryThing

I was extremely excited when I received this book. I am an avid entertainer and always on the look out for something new and fresh. With easy to follow directions and helpful hints and 15 pages of ... Read full review

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User Review  - DarcyO - LibraryThing

Patricia Mendez has created a wonderful primer for the novice entertainer in her book, "Easy Entertaining for Beginners." Mendez offers 13 tasty party menu ideas complete with beverage and music ... Read full review

Contents

my First Cocktail Party
1
Romantic Dinner for Two
13
Dinner for the InLaws
23
Girlfriends Tea
35
Mothers Day Brunch
45
Family Fiesta
57
Fourth of July Bash
67
Color Photos of the Recipes
77
Guys Night Out
125
My First Thanksgiving
135
Christmas Season Social
149
Closing Thoughts
161
Kitchen Basics
163
Conversion Charts
165
Acknowledgments
167
Index
169

Two Themed Childrens Birthday Parties
93
Dinner Party with Close Friends
113

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About the author (2008)

Patricia Mendez Has catered and coordinated special events in the Los Angeles area for 17 years. She teaches "Easy Entertaining for Beginners" cooking classes. She has lead a community-based program, Mothers of Pre-Schoolers for 3 years and has been a Director of Women's Ministries for 8 years. She has mentored many aspiring hosts and hostesses.

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