The Last-Minute Party Girl : Fashionable, Fearless, and Foolishly Simple Entertaining

 
9780071411929: The Last-Minute Party Girl : Fashionable, Fearless, and Foolishly Simple Entertaining

Hip tips for fabulous fetes on little money and even less time

When the budget is tight and the schedule even tighter, what's a party girl to do? How can she whip up a swanky soiree they'll be dishing about at the watercooler for weeks to come? With The Last-Minute Party Girl, how can she not? A quick dip into this savvy, sassy entertainment guide will inspire any harried, just-got-home-from-the-office hostess to new heights of fabulousness.

Whether an elegant sit-down dinner or a finger food feast, everything required for a party with panache is covered, including innovative invites, cool cocktail creations, and must-have munchies.

This ultimate guide to sensational, spontaneous entertaining includes:

  • More than 100 recipes for impressive but easily doable dishes
  • Decorating tricks
  • Emergency supplies for the party-girl pantry
  • Quick refreshers on hostess etiquette
  • Industry insiders' favorite cost- and time- cutting tips

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"[The Last Minute Party Girl is] a lively resource for those who like to entertain with style, but don't have the time (not to mention the pocketbook) to turn a simple soiree into their raison d'etre for a month."
--Glynis Costin, West Coast Bureau Chief, In Style

"Even the most experienced party planners will find The Last Minute Party Girl packed with cool ideas."
--Robert Ell, Talent Executive, Style Network's "You're Invited"

"The Last-Minute Party Girl is a must-have for every helpless hostess--packed with secrets about how to pull off a swank affair and look cool while you're doing it."
--Maile Carpenter, Food editor, Time Out New York

Want to whip up a swanky soiree they'll be dishing about at the water cooler for weeks to come--even when you're low on time, kitchen confidence, or cash? Don't despair! Take your cue from The Last-Minute Party Girl and throw together stunning fetes on the fly with enough time left over for manicure touch-ups before guests arrive!

No matter the style or size of the gathering--from an elegant sit-down dinner for two to a finger-food feast for dozens--everything required to pull off a last-minute party with panache is covered in these pages, including:

  • Innovative invites to get the word out instantly
  • Emergency supplies for the party-girl pantry
  • Impressive, easily doable dishes--from appetizers to entrees to desserts--from the nation's top chefs
  • Speedy and stylish decorating tricks . . . and more

About the Author:

Erika Lenkert has spent the last decade sharing her lively perspective on food, wine, travel, and lifestyle trends in publications such as In Style, Bon Appétit, Travel & Leisure, Los Angeles magazine, San Francisco magazine, and Frommer's. A native San Franciscan, Erika now resides in Napa Valley.

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