Simon & Schuster
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. Any occasion begins with preparation, and at the outset Spade 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. Shopping lists, favorite hors d'oeuvres and cocktails, 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.