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Every occasion calls out for something extra, whether it's flowers you set on the table, foods to honor a special gathering, or the selection of music. For both hostess and guest, consideration of those around you is among the most important qualities for any enjoyable occasion. A smile and sense of humor are also essential, and before the canapés and night lighting a good hostess is ultimately defined by a welcoming and gracious demeanor.
In Occasions, designer Kate Spade invites you into her world of easy, festive entertaining, where the emphasis is not on "the perfect meal" but on having "the perfect time." It's a world where laughter and conversation at dinner parties are encouraged and where spilled red wine on the couch is no reason to stop the music. As Kate says, "Making your guests feel at home is truly an art and it's one worth cultivating."
Any occasion begins with preparation, and at the outset Kate describes such basic components as lighting (votive candles are a must); table linens, flatware, and glassware; flowers (trimmed short and tightly massed); even bedding for overnight or weekend guests. Party shopping lists, hors d'oeuvres and cocktail favorites, and dinner party menus are all included. An "Alphabet of Special Events," from baby showers to tailgate picnics, is both anecdotal and useful for would-be hostesses everywhere.
Whether you entertain a lot or a little, and whether your style is casual or formal, Occasions, with more than 230 charming watercolor illustrations, is a handy and fresh approach to the subject, a book to be treasured today and over the years. Above all, at any gathering "hospitality makes for infectious fun."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780743250658
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: 03/30/2004
Series: New Series of Lifestyle Books
Pages: 112
Sales rank: 675,548
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Have You Ever Wondered ...?4
Section 1The Mise-en-Scene13
Decorating the Room
Shopping for Antiques
The Well-Stocked Cupboard
Party Shopping Lists
When the Out-of-Doors Beckons
Dressing the Part
The Good Hostess
The Good Guest
Surprises and Disasters
Section 2Tried 'n True Party Standards59
Cocktail Parties
Pre-Party Preparations
Mixed Drinks
Shake, Stir, Pour, and Serve
The Perfect Martini
Champagne and Cognac
Wine is Divine
Beer is a Beverage Too
Hors d'Oeuvres
A la Carte, A Table, and Catering
Dinner Parties
Dinner Party Checklist
Special Dinner Parties
The Art of the Toast
Dinner Party Trivia
Weekend Parties
For the Ideal Guest Room
Weekend Activities in the Country
Section 3An Alphabet of Special Events91
Anniversary Gifts
The After-Party Party
Brunches (and Lunches)
Farewell Dinners
New Home
Theme Parties
The Un-Occasion
Thank You108
Select Bibliography110

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Occasions 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
royaltygirl More than 1 year ago
I love this book! I own it in hardcover and nookbook. The illustrations are lovely on the nookcolor!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this book had some great suggestions -- not all of them are for me (like ironing sheets), but I thought the ideas were very fun. I enjoy Kate Spade's classic, timeless elegance from her handbags to her books. At any rate, the book is beautiful and gives a myraid of ideas for entertaining.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed Kate Spade's ideas and inspiration about entertaing with style. She has such great passion about everything she does and this will be a treasured book for yourself or will make a great gift.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
For the remaining 99.9% of us who like to entertain and who don't have their own florist, chef, maid, and bellman - it contains a lot of meaningless and impertinent suggestions. 'For the guest room... freshly ironed white sheets....cloth napkins over paper any day of the week...whenever I'm having a party, I explain to a caterer that I think the food should be filling....' $20.00 retail is entirely too much even if you do find her advice humorous...