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The Pleasure of Your Company: Entertaining in High Style [Hardcover]

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Pages   192
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 9.5" Height: 9.5"
Weight:   2.5 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Sep 30, 2004
Publisher   Gibbs Smith, Publisher
ISBN  1586853147  
EAN  9781586853143  
UPC  082552031473  


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An expert in the field of entertaining, Kimberly Schlegel has created a book brimming with ideas, inspirations, how-tos, invaluable tips, and creative ideas for parties of all kinds. More than twenty events are profiled, detailing the vital secrets of successful party giving. Schlegel shares information on everything from choosing a venue and caterer to designing an invitation that will inspire your guests, to choosing a theme to picking the refreshments, all the while stressing this important principle: the key to successful entertaining is thoughtfulness and attention to detail, not a massive budget. This is a personal invitation to events like those highlighted in the society section of the paper. It's a chance to vicariously attend these extravaganzas--and learn how to throw them! Kimberly Schlegel is a graduate of Southern Methodist University with an Honors degree in Art History. In 1999, Kimberly started a company, RSVP - Soiree Party Rentals, that advises on planning the most important events in life. Kimberly has traveled extensively, visiting such exotic locales as Turkey, Bali, Hong Kong, Italy, and Greece often providing her with inspiration for her events. She currently lives in Dallas, Texas.



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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Kimberly Schlegel is a graduate of Southern Methodist University with an Honors degree in Art History. In 1999, Kimberly started a company, RSVP - Soiree Party Rentals, that advises others when planning the most important events in their young adult lives. Kimberly has traveled extensively, visiting such exotic locales as Turkey, Bali, Hong Kong, Italy, and Greece often providing her with inspiration for her events. She currently lives in Dallas, Texas.

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Everything's bigger in Texas?  Aug 15, 2008
Apparently so are the egos. This book is filled with shameless name dropping along with page after page of pretentious gatherings. The author gives scores of tips for average folks to host their own party. As a basis for this advice the author includes, among the many examples, a luncheon for British royalty thrown by her mother, a debutante party for her sister and an uber-nauseating dog party thrown by, wink-wink, her chihuahua named Lola.

Which part of this book is supposed to be the nugget of wisdom I should use when hosting my own event? Should it be the advice NOT to have too many wait staff milling around because it ruins the intimacy? Or perhaps it should be to make sure that I meet with the caterer early on so that they can whip up something that looks like something I could have made myself.

The only saving grace in this book was the Power of Peppermint party. It was a scaled-down, holiday brunch thrown by the author which focused on building stronger friendships and relaxing during the rushed holiday season. Even this event was tainted by the inclusion of a quote from her actress/friend- ahem-Janine Turner. There probably are several good tips buried in this book. It's just too hard to find them through the haze of social-climbing fog.
 
Highly Creative Entertaining   Jul 28, 2006
Kimberly Schlegel enjoys traveling as it provides her with inspiration for writing and entertaining. In The Pleasure of Your Company, she celebrates everything from luncheons to high-society bashes. Dinners, parties for pets and Wild West themes are all part of the pleasure.

Kimberly Schlegel's mother has also greatly influenced this work with her ideas for personalizing occasions for the guest of honor. She once flew in roses from England because they were named after the Princess Michael of Kent. This was for a luncheon in her honor.

The Basic Buffet, The Memorable Meal, Glamorous Gala, Special Occasion Parties and Themed Parties are all included. There are lists of possible occasions to host a party like Tea Time, Pet's birthdays, Anniversaries, Wedding Showers, Book Releases and Ladies Luncheons. Some of the highlights of the book include hostess checklists, theme ideas and how to make a guest list and send out invitations.

The first party is an extravagant doggie bash complete with bone-shaped cookies with messages like "Thank you for stopping by to wag your tail." Recipes for Puff Pastry Dog Bones and Homemade Dog Biscuits are also included.

A Night in Seville is shown in all its extravagance and then a party fit for a princess follows.

What makes this book especially fun are the recipes included in each section and many of the delicious offerings don't require you to hunt down exotic ingredients. The fascinating chocolate coffee cups set atop a cookie saucer look delightful and delicious. You can really make the Lemon Napoleon with Fresh Fruit quite easily with frozen puff pastry.

If you don't want to host your own party at home or find a location to decorate, hosting a party at a restaurant is always an option. But then again, why not host a party outside at your home in the Hamptons. The Book Party looks like a great reason to finish that novel and delicious food and music makes the party memorable.

Imagine creating a party with a peppermint theme, complete with strawberries and peppermint ice cream. The Debutante Ball has an amazing display of pink rose arrangements set in the Waldorf-Astoria Grand Ballroom.

Of all the party ideas in the book, the outdoor parties seemed to really get my attention and the recipes all look delicious.

~The Rebecca Review
 
The Pleasure of this Great Book!   Sep 7, 2005
This book is style and grace personified. Plus, it looks gorgeous on any coffee table. Ms. Schlegel-Whitman has captured the essence of what makes entertaining so fun and glamorous. From A Luncheon Fit for a Princess, to a holiday Peppermint-themed get together to a gala for a chic fashion designer, this book gets it right on ever page. In fact, all 200 pages are both magical and inspirational. Ms. Schlegel-Whitman is truly a brilliant hostess and author. Buy a few copies - you'll want to give them as special gifts, too!
 
Fantastic book!  Aug 3, 2005
This book was not only interesting and creatively done, but fun to read as well. The photographs are beautiful and the ideas for entertaining are amazing. I bought a book for myself and liked it so much that I bought one for everyone on my Christmas list.
 

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