Hosting the perfect party can be daunting and stressful. This fabulous and inspiring book has all the information and recipes you will need to entertain with ease. Being prepared is the key to success and the book opens with a useful reference section. Advice is given on all the essentials, from deciding what type of party to host and making guest lists to estimating the food and drink requirements and creating the table stylings. The wonderful recipe selection includes elegant canapes such as smoked trout mousse in cucumber cups. Nibbles, dips and finger food are party treats that everyone enjoys and there are many exciting recipes to choose from, such as classic guacamole and potato skins with Cajun dip. Chapters on brunches, lunches and fork suppers include tasty dishes such as potato and red pepper frittata, and leek, saffron and mussel tartlets. The selection of special occasion dishes includes cider-glazed ham and rich game pie. There are also many no-fuss main meal recipes, such as Malaysian seafood stew and three-cheese lasagne. Formal occasions can be catered for with delicious dishes such as cappucino of Puy lentils, lobster and tarragon or goat's cheese souffle. Of course, no party would be perfect without an irresistable dessert: choose from frozen Grand Marnier souffles and iced lime cheesecake From the moment you send the first invitation to washing up the last glass, this practical and inspiring book will make your party one to remember.