All In Good Taste
Written by Devin Lewis
Leave it to Kate Spade to publish yet another insightful book on the artful skill of hosting a party, decorating a house, and creating a style of your own. In her book, “All In Good Taste”, Kate Spade presents the case for creating a culture of entertaining that stems around unique food pairings, flower arrangements, and festive tips that will help transform any reader into an all-knowing hostess, prepared for the ultimate shindig.
If you want to be the hostess with the invitations that everyone is dying to receive, then it is essential to follow the steps in the first chapter in “All In Good Taste” regarding everything from the flowers to the music and setting of the table. While it may seem like a daunting task to throw an authentic and classic party with personal flare, we are reminded it is important to remember: “Entertaining, if it doesn’t go
awry, then it isn’t a party.” With the stress of perfection off your shoulders, you can move on to more important things, such as the guest list and decorating the bar cart (we can never forget the booze!). The book follows the natural progression of the thought process of a hostess to ensure that every small detail is accounted for, even down to dance steps to teach the guests (and maybe refresh your skills as well).
Through a mix of quotes, text, awe inspiring pictures, and handwritten notes, Kate Spade inspires party perfection to encourage even beginners to plan gatherings for friends and family. To help with strategizing, Kate Spade has even included blank pages with headings to prompt “newbies” in the right direction and aid the pros in staying organized. Even chief creative officer, Deborah Lloyd, adds in personal tips such as her party no-no, “not turning up”. Don’t fret the wavering feeling that you will not be able to pull it off, with the guidance of “All In Good Taste” you will have immense amounts of knowledge that will last you a lifetime.
Between the vibrant pages and pictures, a reader can determine if she relates to Daisy or Jan Villeneuve, opts for a fancy or a casual setting, and if she would prefer a NYC brunch or garden party. The book allows any reader to individualize their style and create something that is unique to their likes and dislikes, even including a “create your own feature” on a variety of recipes. Is your party going to involve children? Kate Spade still has you covered, offering advice on fun and games to provide, depending on the age level. Kid friendly charades, adult wine tasting, and steps to the salsa are just a few of the tips that this book will put into your arsenal.
In order to end the book in a proper way, it is only fitting that the last section is dedicated to manners and how to, “mind them modernly.” Naturally there is the classic art of decorating a salon wall and the appropriate way to behave at a party, but there is also assistance in crafting the perfect text message and controlling social media.
“All In Good Taste” encompasses everything there is to know about the entertaining world. How can you not help but fall in love with a book with inspiring words from leading designing ladies (*cough cough* Elise De Wolfe and Dorothy Draper) and Kate Spade herself telling you to “eat cake for breakfast”. Whether you are in need of a toast in a pinch, or tips for covering all five senses when planning, this book is a must have in any household.
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