It’s not for no reason that I gave up entertaining almost before I began – there was the time my boyfriend and I spent the entire night before, drinking and cleaning the house (“OMG do you realise it’s 4am?!”) and were so ill we spent the entire next day in bed (lesson learned: Don’t wait ’til the night before to start cleaning your filthy house)…Then there was the time a fun-lovin’ guest arrived early and brought around some fun-lovin’ cookies laced with irresistible dark chocolate. I ate so many while I chopped the veggies I ended up spending the entire dinner party in bed, being visited by guests, Queen Victoria-style, as they left (lesson learned: Say no…etc). You get the picture?
When I was asked to illustrate the cover of the fabulous new book The High-Heeled Hostess, I thought “well I can’t relate to the topic but it sure sounds like fun”. After spending a couple of hours reading through it this week though, I believe I may be a changed woman. I’m inspired goddammit! It has to be laid out pretty simply for me, with lots of sub-headings, and this is – from mood lighting to how to (politely) ask the guests to go home. Oh and tasty food & drink recipes are included too. The author Julie Wilson is, after all, a professional caterer who has cooked for the rich and famous in addition to lucky friends & family. You can find out more here.