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It's Just a Dinner Party: The Modern Approach to Entertaining with Style and Ease (Capital Lifestyles) (Capital Lifestyles) (Capital Lifestyles) [Paperback]

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Despite the abundance of lifestyle books on the market, none meet the entertaining needs of busy young adults. Many have both financial and personal independence, and along with this come the expectation to maintain, decorate, and entertain - all of the things their parents did - with far less time. It's Just a Dinner Party simplifies and demystifies the art of throwing a dinner party and debunks the impossible standard and craft-focus aesthetic set by Martha Stewart and other style mavens. These twenty-something professional reveal straightforward and simple techniques for party planning, relaxed etiquette, bar and menu basics, and even a few reliable recipes for any occasion. Additionally, this book is uniquely couple-focused, rather than homemaker-focused; its essence is a "guest-centric" approach that stresses simplicity, grace, and a refreshingly genuine hospitality. Includes recipes for dining and cocktail, easy and elegant table settings, invitations, and entertainment tips.

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Pages   208
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.4" Width: 7.3" Height: 0.5"
Weight:   0.75 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Publisher   Capital Books
ISBN  1931868506  
ISBN13  9781931868501  

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Reviews - What do customers think about It's Just a Dinner Party: The Modern Approach to Entertaining with Style and Ease (Capital Lifestyles) (Capital Lifestyles) (Capital Lifestyles)?

It's just insulting!  Jul 20, 2004
I am rating this book a 0. The book is a complete waste of ink (and film - the photos appears to have been taken by an elementary school graduate of photography). It's written by a couple of unsophisticated authors who really don't know how to throw a party, but pretend they do. Every sentence is an insult and the tone of the book is haughty, obnoxious, and goofy. How many times do I need to reminded to throw out the thrash after the party? Or better yet, on some pages, before the party??? Next time I decide to waste money on a book, it will on a Martha Stewart publication sans insults and corny jokes.

I would give this book to an enemy just to torture them.

written by Captain Obvious  Jul 19, 2004
Who are these people, and why do they think they have something to teach me about style?? Other than stating the obvious about entertaining, this is basically a book about how fabulous these unsophisticated people think they are. The material would have been more appropriate for their personal webpage than a book people pay good money for. And apparently they were personally slighted by Martha at some point!
Unsophisticated and annoying!  May 12, 2003
The authors mistakenly believe the reader would be interested in ad nauseum details of their personal partying! Nothing new or inspired in this tiny book.
Simple, Encouraging and Likeable  May 3, 2002
I like this book very much.
I find its message of relaxing and enjoying entertaining while treating your guests well to be encouraging, positive, and hard to find fault with.
The basics covered are helpful and while sure, some is just common sense, I know far too many people who let common sense fly directly out the window when it comes to entertaining! (Honestly, I can't count how many invitations I've received that are missing vital information or have vague dress instructions... Or how many times I've had to introduce myself to other guests, or witnessed hosts panic over spilled red wine...) -- Basic, common sense advice may seem pedantic or even unnecessary to some, but I think common sense never goes out of style and is perfectly appropriate in this type of primer.
I found the writing style pleasant and encouraging and like the simple photos mostly of people (although the paper quality is fairly low so the photos look a little grainy ....
On the whole, I appreciate this book, the basics it covers and its encouraging, refreshing message. It's especially ideal for anyone nervous about or new to entertaining. This book shares the basics of entertaining while encouraging readers to have fun, be kind and embrace their own personal style.
I just bought this great, little book and I LOVE it! It is a great starter book for people who are uncomfortable about entertaining in their own homes/apartments. Obviously, this is not for the experienced entertainer.

The recipes are super and easy to make. Again, they are great for the beginning cook. Easy to follow and with simple instructions - just the thing for a bridal shower gift.

The authors make the tone of the book light, happy and a pleasant experience - just as they want your dinner party to be. I feel that it is a good primer for anyone who is unsure about giving a party - dinner, cocktails, outdoor...whatever.

The jokes are just that ... jokes. With such a light hand, they make the prep, actual giving and clean up into an easy job. The central idea - GUESTCENTRIC entertaining - is one that everyone needs to keep in mind. I love that concept - that your guests are coming to your house to enjoy your company and are not going to judge you by your food prep, centerpiece or decor! That's what friends are for. Think about it - if your guests are going to judge you - then perhaps you need new friends!

Those readers who are interested in a book that will supply BASIC information on entertaining in humorous language and easy to read/follow format will find that this is a little gem and easily worth the price!


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