‘Creative Entertaining – a House and Gardens Companion’ dates from 1971 but it is essentially a book of the 1960’s, a manual for socialising that champions the complex over the informal and would strike cold fear in to the heart of any ‘70’s host or hostess.
One picture caption gives a truly memorable holiday season suggestion:
A painted Sicilian Donkey Cart is festooned, beribboned and waiting with mugs of hot cider for frost nipped carollers.
Oh that old Sicilian Donkey Cart we have hanging around and what about the stony cold cider when the carollers fail to arrive? The creativity comes from the imagined lives of the readers rather than the parties this book helps to plan.