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Party Planning And Entertaining
I suppose I should know a little about the art of entertaining. I've been at it long enough. On and off for forty years I've been giving parties, some 2000 in all - big parties, little parties, fantastic parties, spectacular parties.
Analyzing Some Parties
You can throw away that book of etiquette if you wish me to be your guide to the secrets of successful entertaining.
The Art of the Hostess
Anatomize the character of a successful hostess and the knife will lay bare the fact that she owes her position to one of three things: either she is liked, or she is feared, or she is important.
The Perfect Hostess and Others
Let me introduce you to the man who killed Rasputin," Lady Emerald Cunard once announced to her guests at lunch.
Men AS Hosts
Women, of course, are responsible for the popularity of this ungenerous theory. Nothing pleases us more than to feel ourselves in exclusive charge of a preserve in which men feel not only ill at ease, but inept as well.
The Pleasure of Your Company
"Bring anyone you like," Laura Corrigan used to say to casual friends when she first began launching herself as a hostess in London.
The Perfect Guest - and Others
But how many people ever bother to take a good long critical look at themselves as guests? How many merely assume that all a host asks of them is the loan of their presence for an evening?
These Can Kill a Party
One of the blessings I count is that I am not unusually gifted with second sight: I can think of no drearier existence than one in which I wakened every morning of my life facing a day that held no surprises.
The Art of Preparing a Party
A good party doesn't just happen. True, you may give one on the spur of the moment that turns out well.
The Art of Good Eating
Brillat-Savarin once remarked that a woman who couldn't make soup should not be allowed to marry - a sensible proposition, but one to which I would add that unless it is very good soup she shouldn't be allowed to entertain either.
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