Secrets for Successful Entertaining: How to Be a Perfect Hostess
To become the ideal host, it's important to remember that success lies in the details - the niceties of setting a lovely table, extra attention to comfort in the guest's room, and adding those thoughtful little touches that surprise and delight your company. Whether the occasion is a weekend visit, romantic dinner a deux, group picnic, or children's party, this lavishly photographed, practical guide to all aspects of entertaining reveals the secrets of doing it right. Every page gleams with illustrations of wonderfully laid out interiors, presentation ideas, and perfect decorative projects, including a white (linen) Christmas for a holiday lunch; cutlery wraps and a quilted liner for a picnic hamper; centerpieces and candleholders; and machine embroidered monogrammed napkins. Planning ahead is essential, whether it's making soup days in advance or clearing off a bathroom counter top to provide a place for an overnight visitor's toiletries. Your guests will rave about your home and graciousness months after the event!
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