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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Throwing a Great Party
by Phyllis Cambria & Patty Sachs

Category: Non-fiction / Self-help
296 pages; ISBN: 0-02-863974-X

Rating: 9/10  (Ratings explained)
Reviewer: The Happy Guy


Start planning your next party, because now you have a step-by-step guide to making your party the best in the neighborhood … not to mention much easier to organize than previous parties.

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Throwing a Great Party includes everything you could possibly think of about throwing a great party, starting with planning the budget (including a handy breakdown right at the front of the book) and ending with clean up and gathering all the lost earrings and shoes that people leave behind (OK, so some parties are wilder than others).

In between, the book covers issues about choosing food and timing so that hot food is served hot and the cold food served cold. It covers wine and other alcohol issues, decorations, themes, tools needed and very handy is all the information about dealing with suppliers.

I like the little tips scattered about the book in floating boxes. They give the reader a little bonus, and helps add that special flavor to the party. For example, "If you are unsure whether a centerpiece is too high, place your elbow next to the arrangement and raise your hand straight up. If the centerpiece is above your middle finger, it is too high." Ah, so that's how the pros do it; the authors are well-known professional event planners.

Flip to the back of the book to find handy work sheets for planning budgets and other aspects of the party. And pay close attention to the many "Party Pitfalls", advice for those of us likely to make crucial errors along the way.

If you can't afford to hire Cambria and Sachs to plan your event for you, The Complete Idiot's Guide to Throwing a Great Party is the next best thing.

The reviewer is David Leonhardt, author of Climb your Stairway to Heaven: the 9 habits of maximum happiness.


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