The Entertaining Encyclopedia

Essential Tips for Hosting the Perfect Party


The reliable and easy guide to planning any event — from dinner parties at home to weddings, birthdays and banquets. This is the essential guide to planning any event on budget and with all details considered. In today’s challenging economy, people are rediscovering the fun and frugality of hosting parties and throwing their own celebrations, and The Entertaining Encyclopedia is the only do-it-yourself guide they will need. Every phase of entertaining is covered, from how to write and create your own invitations to deciding on a theme and planning and serving the food — even advice on getting rid of guests who have overstayed their welcome! The author guides the reader in easy-to-follow steps and covers every detail and decision in sections she calls “essential elements”:

Essential element 1: Theme

Essential element 2: Location

Essential element 3: Your guests

Essential element 4: Food and beverages

Essential element 5: Entertainment

Also included are 200 recipes and 25 comprehensive menus, allowing readers to plan and host any gathering, from a picnic-boxed lunch to a Chinese banquet to an Oscar-night party. These recipes are foolproof, straightforward and loaded with insider tips and ideas, whether entertaining on a budget or planning a large event.


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ISBN-10: 0778802191
ISBN-EAN: 9780778802198
Price (USD): $24.95
Price (CAD): $27.95
Format: Trade Paperback
Number of Pages: 416
Published Date: 10/1/2009