Inviting people into your home can be a lot of pressure. Making a good impression on people whether they’re an acquaintance or an old friend is usually competitive by nature. You can avoid these feelings, sit back, and enjoy the company if you just make a plan. Here are 7 books on entertaining that prepare you for any type of get together!
Marissa A. Ross makes being a wine snob easy. Learn how to pick up on flavours and form a palette of your own along the way. Know how to pair wines that you can afford with the food you prepare to enhance every flavour. Becoming more knowledgeable on wine doesn’t have to be stressful and can make for the best dinner party you’ve ever thrown.
2. Scandinavian Gatherings: From Afternoon Fika to Midsummer Feast: 70 Simple Recipes and Crafts for Everyday Celebrations
Host a brunch or afternoon tea like you’ve never before! Get creative and organize a crafting day for you and your friends, the kids, or both. Bahen offers 40 recipes for both sweet and savoury treats, as well as 30 crafting ideas anyone can get into. If Scandinavian culture speaks to you, engage with her 10 seasonal party traditions!
3. How to Celebrate Everything: Recipes and Rituals for Birthdays, Holidays, Family Dinners, and Every Day in Between
Jenny Rosenstrach sees every moment as a chance celebrate. Whatever the occasion, she’s got the perfect way to make everyone smile. Including go-to recipes for birthday breakfasts and sleepover mornings, her fool proof birthday party planner, full coarse menus for the holidays, and everyday regular family size dinners, this book makes life one big party!
4. The Butler Speaks: A Return to Proper Etiquette, Stylish Entertaining, and the Art of Good Housekeeping
Mix business and pleasure with this unique blend of home entertainment and networking advice. Feel confident to invite colleagues or potential colleagues over for dinner and know how to do it with class. Make a cheese plate the right way and remind yourself how a proper table setting should look!
If you’re looking to nail the finger food, this one’s worth a read. Chef James Beard shows you how to make classic appetizers unique with his own personal touches. Keep the deviled eggs and try new twists like mint butter or cold roast lamb. Cocktails, sandwiches, pastries, and more are all part of this dynamic book of hosting and décor advice.
Pack a Picnic with style. Who says you need to entertain indoors? Donna Hay, food editor for marie Claire magazine, offers unique planning for outdoor occasions like this as well as spur of the moment weeknight dinners. Extravagant formal dining is not excluded from this collection. Hay proves you can plan and entertain for any kind of eating experience.
Have the right ambience, the right centre piece, and the right refreshments for a pool party or gala and everything in between. Clinton Smith’s goal is to give your gathering, big or small, that je ne sais quoi that keeps guests talking about it for weeks to come.
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