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Check It Out: Looking to be the perfect host?

November 21, 2013|By Melissa Hartson

Are you hosting a party this holiday season? Let the library help with ideas for planning, preparing and throwing an unforgettable gathering.

"The Butler Speaks" by Charles MacPherson is a guide to stylish entertaining and etiquette ideas to help you simplify and organize your home and get it ready for your guests. A wide range of themes is covered in this guide, from cooking and cleaning to manners and menus.

Pair MacPherson's guide with Corey Mintz's "How to Host a Dinner Party" and you will be able to master the art of hosting a party. Mintz's book works well for both first-time planners and experienced entertainers, always focusing on his golden rule for dinner parties: "Ensure that your guests enjoy themselves" and that you have fun as well.

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Danny Seo's "Upcycling Celebrations" presents unique decorating ideas by repurposing what you already have. With more than 100 do-it-yourself projects, Seo takes everyday things and reuses them to make one-of-a-kind party favors and decorations.

Get your party started with "The Four Seasons Book of Cocktails" by Fred DuBose and "Tiny Food Party!" by Teri Lyn Fisher and Jenny Park. You are sure to find a winner with more than 1,000 drink recipes in the "Four Seasons" book. And Fisher and Park's bite-sized appetizers are fun and easy to make using everyday ingredients. For a more upscale selection of hors d'oeuvres, check out "Bite by Bite" by Peter Callahan.

Looking for some all-in-one cookbooks? Check out "Family Table" by Michael Romano and Karen Stabiner. These recipes all come from Danny Meyer's New York City restaurant chefs. It's what the chefs serve one another before cooking for their restaurant guests. The original recipes were made to serve several people, so they easily adapt to home entertaining.

"The New Jewish Table" by Todd Gray and Ellen Kassoff Gray is broken down by seasons and holiday menus. The Grays reinvent traditional Jewish recipes using fresh and seasonal ingredients. Christine E. Nunn's "The Preppy Cookbook" serves up recipes from the completely understated to the most outlandish and everything in between. "Gluten-Free and Vegan Holidays" by Jennifer Katzinger contains both sweet and savory recipes for perfect festive menus.

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