A Review of My Favorite Entertaining Books

If you know me and my background you know I’m a certified Reading Specialist.  I LOVE books.  All kinds of books.  BUT, books about entertaining have a special place in my heart. I wanted to share with you my favorite entertaining books.  I am a very visual person and some of these books have the most gorgeous pictures.  The food and table settings are just amazing.  Whoever styled the shoot and photographed these photos, are very talented people.  I want to get right into describing these books.  If you love entertaining or books about the subject, you may want to check some of these out.

Here is a list of my favorite entertaining books that you need to check out.

My Favorite Entertaining Books

Hamptons Entertaining by Annie Falk is one you won’t want to miss.  If you do a lot of outdoor entertaining, this book will fit your needs. It is filled with fabulous pictures of table settings for outdoors as well as some indoor parties. The menus are elegant, but very doable for someone trying to recreate a recipe.  This book has all the visual elements you need to create a beautiful party from start to finish.  I look at this over and over especially during the summer months.  That is when we tend to entertain the most.

The next book, What’s a Hostess to Do? By Susan Spungen,  is a great reference book.  It is helpful to look at for specific info or etiquette.  It answers questions like:

How do I specify this is a kid free party?

How far in advance do I send out a wedding invitation?

How much cheese should I buy for this party?

How do I get wax out of candleholders?

How do I keep these fresh flowers lasting longer?

It also has recipes and SO MUCH more…….

This is a must read if you entertain guests frequently.  It is always good to have one book that you can go to that can answer all your burning questions.

Camillle Styles Entertaining is great for all around seasonal entertaining.  It is perfect for the hostess that literally hosts parties all throughout the year.  It is broken down into seasons and how she hosts seasonal events. It starts off in fall.  My favorite season that she covers is summer.  Maybe because that is the season I host most frequently.  We have a huge fourth of July party every year.  We are definitely grill out type of folks.  We like to be around the pool and entertain outdoors. I love the summer recipes, cocktails, and grilling tips in this book.

My mother-in-law gave me Southern Living’s Year-Round Celebrations.  The special edition exclusive book is presented by Dillard’s.  There are tons of recipes in this book.  However, my favorite part of this book are the beautiful tablescapes and gorgeous ways the tables are set up for all types of parties.

If you like to entertain, I feel confident in recommending any of these books for you to try.  I am not affiliated with any of these books and this is not a sponsored post.  I just enjoyed these books and I wanted to pass them along to you.  Leave me a comment of your favorite entertaining books.  I would love to hear from you.  I’m always looking for new books to read.

Yours Truly,


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