If you’ve waited a tad too long to buy gifts for those hard-to-shop-for people in your life or you are that person and friends and family keep asking what you’d like for the holidays and party planning is one of your interest, then you’ve come to the right place. If personal development is more your thang, check out this post, because afterall, this blog is about personal development too. Enjoy!
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What’s A Hostess To Do?* by Susan Spungen
A little late for this year’s holiday planning preparation, but perfect to start the year with party planning tips in mind. Whether your friend is (or you are) an aspiring hostess, or a self-proclaimed pro, this book has loads (313 to be exact) of great tips, tricks, guidelines and recipes to boost your hosting game. If concrete, specific outline format instructions is your cup of tea, this is definitely the book to go to. I absolutely adore What’s A Hostess To Do? and to top it off, the sections are color coded… cue excited squeal!
The Little Black Book of Party Games* by Ruth Cullen
Let’s be honest, while some home party’s are fine just with good conversation, others could use a little help in the socializing department. As an introvert, facilitating great conversations doesn’t always come so easily… that’s where games come in. The Little Black Book of Party Games is a great place to start building your game inventory without dishing out too much money on board games. Some of the games need materials, but many are things you can find around the house. This book is perfect for your hostess who isn’t quite sure where to start with the after-dinner portion of her party.
Perfect for the hostess whose long-term party planning goal is to have and know how to operate a fully stocked bar, this classic is also great for those who just want a cocktail recipe inventory. The first 50 pages go deep into basics about equipment, serving guidelines (i.e. how many drinks to prepare for a certain amount of guest), classic cocktails and bartending techniques. And as if that wasn’t enough, there are 300 pages of cocktails, so there’s no chance of not finding ones that sound appetizing. It may sound overwhelming at first, but the book is efficiently broken up by alcohol type making the search that much easier.