‘What’s a hostess to do?’

Some people just seem born to entertain. The rest of us need a little guidance.

Susan Spungen is here to help with “What’s a Hostess to Do? 313 Ideas and Inspirations for Effortless Entertaining.”

Spungen is a former food editor at Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia and a culinary consultant and food stylist on the films “Julie & Julia,” “It’s Complicated” and “Eat, Pray, Love.” Her book takes readers through all the steps involved in throwing a successful party, from sending out the invitations to setting up a bar and gracefully breaking away from a conversation. The book even covers such post-party issues as using up leftovers and cleaning silver.

The book provide tips and ideas for a variety of types of parties — cocktail gatherings, sit-down dinners, holiday feasts and more. Recipes for 121 party foods are included.

“What’s a Hostess to Do?” is published by Artisan Books and sells for $17.95 in paperback.

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