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Burns Suppers have existed for over 200 years in celebration of Scotland's national bard, Robert Burns. The Ultimate Burns Supper Book highlights the fun in organising a Burns Supper., whether you are a host or a guest. The book includes a complete run through of what to expect on the night, with a list of courses and speeches, what to wear, how to prepare and present speeches, common Burns Supper questions (and answers!), Burn's greatest poems, including a full English verse translation of the `Address to a Haggis', and answers to your worries about eating haggis and drinking whisky.
The internationally acclaimed event producer shows his ideas and inspiration for ultimate and intimate celebrations What defines a truly great party? Most of all: generosity of spirit. In his first book, Bronson van Wyck, the man Vogue called 'The Wizard of Oz of New York party planning,' distills the essential pillars of the art of celebration into one volume, with examples drawn from his many successes - and, admittedly, a few entertaining failures. Lusciously illustrated with images from van Wyck's most spectacular events, this is the perfect primer on throwing parties that are as much fun to give as they are to attend.
Following the success of Love Where You Live: At Home in the Country, Joan Osofsky and Abby Adams serve up an array of inspiring seasonal parties hosted by food professionals and home cooks. These gatherings range from an intimate houseguest breakfast to a large harvest party. Carefully selected for their flair when it comes to entertaining, the hosts welcome the reader into their homes in New York s bucolic Hudson Valley and New England. Featured are food star Julia Turshen and Grace Bonney of Design*Sponge, who give a neighborly supper; Dana Cowin of Food and Wine fame, who throws a garden cocktail party; and Erin French, the James Beard nominated chef/owner of The Lost Kitchen in Freedom, Maine, who prepares a lunch in the orchard from her vintage Airstream. The book includes menus with sixty easy-to-prepare dishes and drinks, such as a tantalizing rhubarb spritzer, falafel with dipping sauces, a savory chicken potpie, and ginger cookies. Throughout are ideas for setting festive tables, floral choices, and decorative touches, as well as how to create a functional kitchen and well-stocked pantry. A list of sources of regional markets carrying local products rounds out this go-to entertaining guide. Entertaining in the Country is a perfect reflection of Joan Osofsky s life and work, and revives all of my fondest memories of Hammertown Barn and the magnificent countryside of the Hudson Valley and beyond. This book captures the exact intersection between casual country living and sophisticated design. Joan s effortless entertaining style, along with many of the local chefs, restauranteurs, and tastemakers she admires, will delight you, as will these delicious recipes, which keep the food simple a mantra I ve stuck to for years. Mario Battali, chef, author, and philanthropist. For anyone who loves to entertain, or even for someone who might be a bit hesitant, this is the perfect book. Filled with beautiful images and fabulous recipes, it shares tips from real people on entertaining simply, but with great style. After reading Entertaining in the Country, you will be sending out invitations immediately. Bunny Williams, interior designer and author
Society has changed dramatically. We live in an increasingly informal world. We have in many ways become disrespectful of rules and have no time for the old order and taboos. Authority and the grace of age, two important pillars of etiquette, are no longer regarded. With his infectious charm and sharp wit Noel Cunningham shares with you his tips on sailing through life's events, enabling people to be themselves, while solving the thorny issues of which fork to use, who goes through a door first, how to attend an important interview. The correct way of doing those things will become clear. Are you confused about how to set a formal dining table? Is it acceptable to hold doors open? How to address the thorny question of mobile phones and gadgets Noel's book is a fun and informative guide, to help us navigate modern-day life with class and good humour.
Voted one of the top wedding designers in the world by Vogue, Bryan Rafanelli has designed and produced some of the nation s most exclusive and high-profile events, including many for President Obama at the White House as well as Chelsea Clinton s wedding. In his first book, Rafanelli shares his philosophy for creating artful celebrations that convey beauty and elegance while telling a story unique to its hosts. From a seaside destination wedding to a stylish masquerade fete, Rafanelli s work is marked by stunning statements and clever everyday details. The book opens with key Rafanelli principles to hosting great celebrations, from considering a room s surfaces the floor, walls, and ceiling to how adding guests will change what you see. He shares his thoughts on the importance of enhancing what s already part of a space rather than obscuring it, as when he enclosed the gilded mirrors of the East Room in the White House in twelve-foot frames of fresh flowers for a state dinner under President Obama. Part two of the book explores dozens of events in greater detail. Rafanelli takes readers behind the scenes in such sections as Weddings, showcasing both the main event and the welcome and after parties; Charity Events, highlighting what makes one unique and successful; and the White House, featuring state dinners and holiday decor.
THE BLUFFER'S GUIDE TO ENTERTAINING, by leading etiquette expert and TV personality William Hanson, reveals all the necessary rules and protocols about everything from `working a room' to selecting the right food and drink for different occasions - all by applying a few easy-to-learn hints and techniques with charm and panache.
When is attending a funeral or memorial service a must, and when is it optional? Can a eulogy be funny? Can I scatter my brother's ashes in the backyard? Should I place a death notice or an obituary? What's the difference? These are all questions that Florence Isaacs has been asked as a blogger for Legacy.com, a role that earned her the nickname of the Dear Abby of Death. In Do I Have to Wear Black to a Funeral?, she answers urgent questions about grief, funerals, different religious ceremonies, and more, offering practical guidelines for modern situations-and, yes, what to wear. Isaacs' honest, often entertaining, responses provide no-nonsense information to millennials, while also helping older generations navigate new waters, like how to send condolences through social media. She offers fresh insights, plus an etiquette map of the right things to do and say, in her familiar, sensitive, and sincere style.
From Jennifer Scott-author of the New York Times bestselling Madame Chic series and founder of the Daily Connoisseur blog-comes this playful take on manners and being a good global citizen. Parents and younger children work together to read about a wide range of topics: communication, table manners, tidiness, thinking of others, grooming, and health. Activities, learning games, fill-in-the-blanks, letter-writing exercises, recipes (for food and for slime!), and some fun songs and rhymes help kids learn concepts and practice good behaviors. Featuring charming illustrations and go-to advice from a trusted source, this is a timely guide for raising well-mannered, neat, and gracious children for parents, grandparents, and children of reading age.
The Parisian dinner party is the ideal of entertaining chic: the style of the host, the quality of the food and wine, and the beauty of the setting. With this charming and invaluable book, Laurent Buttazzoni renowned French architect, gourmand, and celebrated host of delightful dinner parties in Paris reveals how effortless true Parisian entertaining can be. Dispelling the myths of expense and complexity that can intimidate hosts, Diner a la Maison is a guide to shopping, cooking, and entertaining the Parisian way. Led by charming photographs made in the author s home, the book covers the essentials of the Parisian kitchen, from indispensable cooking utensils to fundamental ingredients for the pantry, followed by a guide to pairing menus and decor, with 30 recipes and table settings for parties to suit every occasion. From weekday hits to weekend entertaining, seasonal events, and holiday parties, each recipe is accompanied by ideas for a decoration theme. With candid guides to shopping for everything from good-quality groceries to eclectic tableware, as well as creative tips on the details that make any dinner party a success (pop your champagne in the freezer before guests arrive!) and with an introduction by style icon Sofia Coppola this book is an essential tool for chefs, hosts, and displaced Parisians everywhere.