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The Entertaining Encyclopedia by Denise Vivaldo, includes articles and recipes like International Party Themes; Wine and Cheese Parties; Cheese Board with Bread and Cracker Assortment; Oscar Night Party; and Crab and Blue Cheese Bundles.

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The Entertaining Encyclopedia
Essential Tips and Recipes for Perfect Parties

by Denise Vivaldo


Entertaining friends and family is one of the best gifts you can give them; parties are the stuff of memories, and far more valuable than anything you can buy. And one of the best gifts you can give yourself is to learn how to enjoy your own parties, making them more fun for everyone. With The Entertaining Encyclopedia: Essential Tips and Recipes for Perfect Parties, author Denise Vivaldo has provided 200 of her carefully tested recipes and hundreds of time-proven party ideas and tips, making this book THE go-to resource guide for entertaining.

The Entertaining Encyclopedia goes back to basics for soirees anyone can host, any time. In this book are all the ideas, menus and recipes you'll need to invite friends over for a cozy movie night or to host an exotic dinner party featuring the foods of Spain or Greece. And the best part...these are impressive menus, but they won't require excessive time or unusual mail-order ingredients; you can pull off any one of them this weekend, if you choose.

Denise has even taken the guesswork out of menu planning. She has grouped recipes in menu themes such as: Italian Pasta Party, Barcelona Bash, Turkish Twilight, Afternoon Tea, Super Bowl Party, and African Ivory Coast. Recipes include: White Bean Rosemary Dip with French Baguette, Chicken Eggplant Rollups, Coconut Shrimp with Mango Salsa, Cauliflower Linguini, White Chocolate Ricotta Tart, S'Mores and More, and Rustic Apple Pie. Some of Denise's entertaining secrets and tips include: Getting the House Party-Ready; Do-It-Yourself Flower Arranging; Getting Ready to Cook; Plating and Serving; and Stocking the Bar: Beyond Liquor and Ice. Denise even provides advice on how to usher out guests who have overstayed their welcome.

Last-minute parties or family get-togethers can be pulled together in minutes with Denise's six essential elements of entertaining that she shares in her book. From party themes to how to enjoy your own party, to mouth-watering recipes, The Entertaining Encyclopedia has everything needed to put together a great event as well as enjoy the process.

About the Author

LA-based cooking and entertaining expert Denise Vivaldo has been educating people on all things culinary for more than twenty years. From her classical culinary education to her experiences working with the rich and famous, Denise has a fascinating background and is not shy about sharing it all...the recipes, the tricks, and the gossip. She has been featured in Coastal Living, First for Women, Martha Stewart Christmas magazines and on HGTV, The Food Network, and The Learning Channel.


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