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Title:
The complete idiot's guide to throwing a great party
Author:
Cambria, Phyllis.
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Publication Information:
Indianapolis : Alpha Books, [2000]

©2000
Physical Description:
xxii, 296 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9780028639741
Format :
Book

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Step by step instructions on how to buy, prepare and arrange food as well as advice on secrets for a successful party.


Table of Contents

Part 1 Festive Fundamentalsp. 1
1 Home Is Where the Party Isp. 3
Taking the Party Homep. 3
Home Cookingp. 4
Timing Is Everythingp. 5
Let's Get Togetherp. 5
Planned in a Minute ... or a Monthp. 5
As Long As We're Herep. 6
And It's Good for Youp. 7
2 People Make the Partyp. 9
The Pulse of the Partyp. 9
Organizing Your Listp. 10
There's One in Every Bunchp. 11
Gathering the People Togetherp. 12
Groups and Troopsp. 15
Party of Pastimes and Passionsp. 15
Blending Different Groupsp. 15
3 Here's the Planp. 17
You Could Write a Bookp. 17
Let Me Count the Daysp. 18
The Five Wsp. 19
A Theme Come Truep. 20
The Printed Wordp. 23
Delicious Detailsp. 23
Spruce Up the Sitep. 24
Send in the Clowns, the Band, the Funp. 24
Something to Take Homep. 25
Contacts, Contracts, and Costsp. 25
The Minute-by-Minute Waltzp. 26
What's in the Cards for Us?p. 26
4 Party Pooling: Sharing a Celebrationp. 29
Won't You Join Me?p. 29
Now It's My Turnp. 30
Celebration Committeesp. 31
Diving Into the Primary Party Poolp. 31
Paying Off the Poolp. 35
5 When It's Time to Go Prop. 37
Going Pro with Stylep. 38
Signing a Consultant on the Dotted Linep. 39
A Catered Affairp. 40
Say "Cheese"p. 42
They're Moving Pictures, So Move!p. 44
Design Teamp. 45
If You Can't Buy It ... Rent Itp. 46
Let Me Entertain Youp. 47
Before You Sign on the Dotted Linep. 48
Part 2 To Party Means to Planp. 51
6 The Theme Says It Allp. 53
Is a Theme Necessary?p. 53
Let the Occasion Set the Themep. 55
Kids' Playp. 55
Parties by Designp. 56
Love Will Keep Us Togetherp. 59
Leisure Pursuitsp. 59
Pastime Partiesp. 60
Time Tunnelp. 61
Make Mine with a Twistp. 61
Follow Through in All You Dop. 62
7 Banking on a Budgetp. 63
Rule of Thumbp. 63
Time and Moneyp. 64
Distributing the Dollarsp. 64
Chic but Cheap Solutionsp. 65
The Early Bird Beats the Budgetp. 68
8 The Honour of Your Company...p. 71
Invitation Imperativesp. 71
Formal or Funkyp. 72
Innovative and Inventive Invitationsp. 74
Spreading the Wordp. 75
Printer Party Goodsp. 77
9 Tiny Bubbles: Stocking Your Barp. 79
Top Shelfp. 79
Booze Basicsp. 80
Nonalcoholic Essentialsp. 82
Taking Stock of Your Liquor Cabinetp. 83
Winning Ways with Winep. 84
Beer Barrel Polkap. 84
Tool Timep. 85
Ice Is Nicep. 87
Class with Glassp. 87
Be Responsiblep. 90
10 Setting Up Your Spacep. 91
The Party Is Herep. 91
Sit on Itp. 93
Cleaning and Clutterp. 94
Off Limitsp. 95
Preparing the Powder Roomp. 95
The Comforts of Homep. 96
The Thoughtful Hostp. 96
Park It Therep. 97
Better Safe Than Sorryp. 97
11 Ambience: Beyond Balloons and Crepe Paperp. 99
Now Hear Thisp. 99
Sweet Smell of Successp. 100
How Touchingp. 101
Luminous Lightingp. 102
Center of Attentionp. 103
Sensational Centerpiecesp. 105
Clever Containersp. 105
Part 3 The Hostess with the Mostess...p. 107
12 The Hospitable Hostp. 109
Roll Out the Red Carpetp. 109
Meetings and Greetingsp. 110
Getting the Wallflowers off the Wallp. 112
The Most the Host Can Dop. 112
Sticky Situationsp. 113
13 Smooth Movesp. 115
Perfect Planningp. 115
Prep Chefp. 116
Avoiding Decorating Dilemmasp. 117
Picking Upp. 117
They're Here and Hungryp. 117
Plated to Perfectionp. 118
Not Just a Salad Barp. 119
Here a Snack, There a Snackp. 119
Part 4 Classic Occasionsp. 121
14 The Cocktail Hourp. 123
Belly Up to the Barp. 124
Best Cellarsp. 124
Martini Madnessp. 125
Champagne and Caviarp. 125
Cutting the Cheesep. 126
Beating the Balancing Actp. 126
15 Black-Tie Affairp. 129
Turning the Tablep. 129
Counting Coursesp. 130
Creating the Cuisinep. 130
Perfect Place Settingsp. 132
Topping the Tablescapep. 133
Finishing Touchesp. 136
Serving with Stylep. 137
Hiring Helpp. 137
16 A Day of Diningp. 139
Breakfast or Brunch for the Bunchp. 139
Parties on the Movep. 141
Memorable Mealsp. 142
Dining Alfrescop. 143
Tailgating for the Teamp. 144
Tea and Crumpetsp. 145
Decadent Dessertsp. 146
17 Strictly Businessp. 147
Plot the Party Planp. 147
Open Your House orp. 148
A Business Themep. 149
Bring the Whole Familyp. 150
Happy Holidaysp. 151
Dressed to the Ninesp. 151
Company and Community Pridep. 152
Inviting the Bigwigsp. 152
Awards and Rewardsp. 153
Part 5 Seasonal Celebrationsp. 155
18 Spring Flingsp. 157
Great Gardeningp. 157
Bunnies and Baskets Brunchp. 159
Queen for a Dayp. 162
19 The Heat Is Onp. 167
Memorable Memorial Dayp. 167
Life with Fatherp. 169
Red, White, and Blue Barbecue Blowoutsp. 172
20 Fall Festivitiesp. 175
Autumn Leaves and Harvest Moon Ballp. 175
Haunted Halloweenp. 178
Let's Talk Turkeyp. 182
21 Happy Holidaysp. 185
Snowman Sock Hopp. 185
Menorahs and Dreidelsp. 189
Kwanzaa--The Symbol of Hope and Remembrancep. 191
Countdown to a New Yearp. 193
22 Fighting the Winter Bluesp. 197
Bowl Game Gambolp. 197
The Celebration of Lovep. 200
Wearing of the Greenp. 202
Part 6 Life's Big Eventsp. 205
23 From Tots to Teens--Total Party Plansp. 207
Comic Book and Cartoon Capersp. 207
Speaking of Sportsp. 210
Music Video Visionsp. 212
24 Congratulations Goes To...p. 217
Love Is Still in Fashionp. 217
"G" Is for Graduationp. 220
House Sweet Housep. 223
Part 7 The Party's Ooooo-verp. 227
25 Saying Good-Byep. 229
Thaaaaat's All, Folks!p. 229
Here's Your Dish, What's the Hurry?p. 230
Send the Party Home with Themp. 231
Watch Their Stepp. 231
Last-Minute Party Proofingp. 233
Give Me a Ringp. 234
26 No Rest for the Weary ... Just Yetp. 235
Out, Out, Damned Spotp. 235
A Silver Earring, a Sweater, and a Shoe?p. 236
They're Animals!p. 236
Back by Popular Demandp. 237
Dealing with Dirty Dishesp. 237
Taking Stockp. 237
The Clean Teamp. 239
The Morning Afterp. 240
27 Making Memoriesp. 241
Souvenirs to Savep. 241
Thank You One and Allp. 242
Focus on Photosp. 244
Valued Video Visionsp. 245
Scrapbooking Your Party Memoriesp. 245
Extra, Extra Party Newsp. 246
Memories Medleyp. 247
Forever Flowersp. 248
Party-Planning Critiquep. 248
Appendixes
A Party-Planning Worksheetsp. 249
B Party-Planning Product and Service Resourcesp. 263
C Wine Selectionp. 267
D Calendar of U.S. Holidaysp. 269
E Glossaryp. 273
Indexp. 279

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