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Caroline Wrey's secrets for successful entertaining : how to be a perfect hostess.
Wrey, Caroline, 1957-
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Uniform Title:
Secrets for successful entertaining
Publication Information:
London : Collins & Brown, 2000.
Physical Description:
128 pages : color illustrations ; 28 cm
General Note:
Includes index.

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TX731 .W72 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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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!

Author Notes

Lady Caroline Wrey is the bestselling author of many books including Lady Caroline Wrey's Book of Finishing Touches. She travels around the world, organizing and teaching courses on designing and making soft furnishings.

Reviews 1

Booklist Review

Be prepared to spend some good long hours in following Wrey's directions. For instance, ensuring that there are enough matching china and glassware for a buffet party may take more than just a few bucks. Nonetheless, this elegant British author sets a perfect example for America's best-dressed tables, with 11 different occasions highlighted. Each celebration features checklists, a few recipes (presented informally), and two to three design items to create, from a quilted picnic hamper liner to a pawprint tablecloth. Accompanying color photographs set the entertaining tones and also act as instructors for the design projects. Practical time demands, however, will probably put an end to many of the niceties and accessories. Templates included. --Barbara Jacobs