Contents at a Glance

Part 1: Festive Fundamentals

Home is Where the Party Is 

The best place to entertain is at home

People Make The Party

The guests are the most important part of the party

Any Time Is Party Time—Or Is It?

Even an impromptu party will be great

Party Pooling: Co-Hosting a Celebration

Work with others to simplify your party hosting

Should I Go With a Pro?

When you need to get professional help

Part 2: To Party Means to Plan

The Theme Says It All

A theme in your plan pays off in many ways

Banking on a Budget

Help to control your celebration cash

The Honour of Your Company

The party starts with your invitation -- make it great

Tiny Bubbles: Bar Setup

Bar essentials and etiquette

Setting Up Your Space

Make your home party-ready in a few steps


Set the ideal mood and atmosphere

Part 3: The Host with the Mostess

Hospitable Hosts

Guests’ comfort is the best step to success

Mix it Up

Libation creations for any taste or budget

Keep It Moving

Keep food service flowing smoothly

Snack Attack

Bites and bits served to surprise and satisfy

Part 4: Classic Occasions

The Cocktail Party

Cocktail party primer for many purposes

Black-Tie Affair

Formal and festive dress-up occasions

A Day of Dining

From morn to midnight—party around the clock

Strictly Business

Parties that sell, teach, reward and award

Part 5: Seasonal Celebrations

Spring Flings

Green thumbs, Easter comes and Queen Mum—Spring fun

The Heat is On

Summer parties: steamy and "themey"

Fall Festivities

Harvest, Halloween and Home Cooking

Happy Holidays

End of year celebrations with style

Winter Blahs

Warm up the chilly months with hot times

Part 6: Life’s Big Events

From Tots to Teens

From baby’s first to high school hoorahs

Congratulations Go To…

Step-by-step milestone event celebrations

The Favorite Five

The most frequently selected party themes

Part 7: The Party’s Over

Saying Goodbye

Sending your guests home gracefully

Dealing With The Aftermath

Making the party mess go away

Making Memories

Documenting and preserving your party


Party-Planning Worksheets

Party-Planning Product and Service Resources

Wine Selection

Calendar of U.S. Holidays

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