Complete Idiot's Guide to Throwing a Great Party

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9780028639741: Complete Idiot's Guide to Throwing a Great Party

Patty Sachs and Phyllis Cambria give advice on planning any size of a party, with step-by-step instructions on how to buy, prep, and arrange food, how to keep the conversation going, and how to make and stick to a budget. They provide lots of worksheets to help you get organized, includes full party plans for every occasion, and even gives tips on how to entertain business associates in your home.

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Scenario: A quick look around the room tells you disaster is looming. Uncle Jim and your neighbor are arguing. The dog just ate the entire hors díoeuvre tray. The kids are bored. And, the elegant soufflť you spent the entire afternoon preparing just fell. Can this party be rescued? How does Martha Stewart make it look so simple?

Often planning even the simplest party can be a lot of work and end up costing a fortune. But that doesnít have to be the case. With the right planning, a little ingenuity and The Complete Idiotís Guide to Throwing a Great Party (from Alpha Books/Macmillan USA), anyone can pull off the party of the year and make it look as easy as one, two, three! Written by party planning experts Phyllis Cambria and Patty Sachs, The Complete Idiotís Guide to Throwing a Great Party is filled with all the party ďdoís and donítsĒ essential to making an event a success.

From tailgates and backyard barbecues to holiday bashes and birthdays, The Complete Idiotís Guide to Throwing a Great Party ensures that every party has a great outcome. Ms. Cambria and Ms. Sachs offer step-by-step instructions on how to plan, organize and pull-off a spur of the moment get-together, a business dinner for clients or a graduation celebration for 60 with the greatest of ease, while enjoying yourself at the same time. They offer expert advice on the basics of party planning, beginning with preparing a guest list; developing a theme; creating a budget and sending creative invitations. In addition, Cambria and Sachs follow up with suggestions for buying, preparing and serving food for any size group; stocking a bar; creating ambiance; innovative party favors; and cleaning up once the party is over.

Ms. Cambria and Ms. Sachs provide proven tips for managing and sticking to the party budget, and offer suggestions for pooling resources, co-hosting parties, power buying, and chic but cheap options. They discuss how to maximize space and traffic flow, strategies for keeping guests entertained and the conversation flowing, and keeping to a schedule. They also identify the key party pitfalls and what every host or hostess needs to know and prepare for in order to avoid disaster.

Finally, included in the book are more than 20 clever party plans for every occasion that readers can use either as a framework for their own parties or to follow down to the last letter for a surefire party hit. Also included are worksheets to help keep the host or hostess organized and on top of the party details.

From the Author:

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Throwing a Great Party allows you to follow the ideas we share or gives you enough options to adapt them and plan an event that's uniquely your own.

These are all proven secrets to success that we've followed or created while planning parties for hundreds of clients throughout our professional party planning careers.

Best of all, the ideas we share can be done on ANY budget. We even give you a wide range of tips that will help you save money when planning your next celebration.We'd love to hear from you!

So, don't wait, celebrate! It's good for you!

Phyllis Cambria and Patty Sachs, Celebration Experts

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