[your name here],
you live in a basement with the income of a ten-year-old girl or
on a saffron farm in the south of Spain, the spirit of hospitality
is the same. It's the giving of yourself, a present of you to them
from me for us.
and I like you." This is what you're saying when you invite
somebody into your home, without having to hear yourself say it
out loud. This colorfully illustrated book (see pictures) is my
attempt to share with you something I take very seriously: entertaining
in my home, my style. It may not be the proper way, or the most
traditional, or even legal, but it works for me. I can't write good,
but I can cook even better and I am willing to share with you my
sackful of personal jackpot recipes that, because of their proven
success, I continue to make, over and over again. I will also show
you ways to plan, present, and participate in self-award-winning
though the word "entertainment" is commonly used today,
to me it sounds charmingly old-fashioned, like courtship or back-alley
abortion. I like the traditional idea of entertaining, which for
me means lively guests, good food, cocktails, and bubbly conversation.
I'd like to bring entertaining back to these essentials. I'm not
concerned with proper table settings, seating arrangements, or formal
etiquette. Who can have a good time with all those rules? How can
you enjoy yourself if you're worried whether you're using the right
fork, or wondering whether the pumpkin is the bowl or part of the
meal? I'm not trying to discourage you from being creative or encouraging
you to neglect the details, but know that the nuts of any good party
are the simple basics provided in a warm environment.
tend to live my life like a deaf person. I communicate with my actions:
the way I dress, the way my home is decorated, and the gifts I give
all speak for me. I take this to heart when I entertain. My food,
my party decorations, the games I create, and the music I play are
all personal expressions. This is what will make your party special,
sharing a piece of you, a feeling. It's not a competition. You don't
have to be the perfect host, just the prettiest.
is not a joke cookbook. I don't like joke cookbooks because I can't
take them seriously. This book is full of real information. Most
of the little I know, I learned from my mom, as well as Girl Scouts
and Junior Achievements, my second first grade teacher, my family,
Aunt Joyce, the backs of boxes, the lady who works at the post office,
encyclopedias, the beach, bartending school, grocery stores, airports,
waiting on tables, Mrs. Enchandi, nurses, sitcoms, Hugh, listening
to the radio, babysitting, rock concerts, summer school, and the
House Rabbit Society. I was also fascinated by two local hospitality
shows: At Home with Peggy Mann and The Betty Elliot Show. I wanted
to be both those women and now here's my chance, and hopefully,
with the help of my book, it will be your chance as well.
[your name here],
hate to be a pest, but I was concerned that perhaps in my first
two letters I failed to completely convey my passion for entertaining.
I go bananas for entertaining! Sometimes though, I feel entertaining
is a dying art. My goal is to encourage you, [your name here], to
entertain in your home, your style. Having a party is one of the
most creative and generous activities that every person can enjoy
and indulge in, if you're on the list. Remember, by inviting someone
into your home, you're saying "I like you".