The Party Starts Now! Event-Planning Resources

Social season is here. Whether you're throwing a bash or invited to one, our tips will show you a good time.

By Gavin Knight

Courtesy of Company

Books and websites every home entertainer needs in her arsenal

Recipes: The new Barefoot Contessa Foolproof: Recipes You Can Trust features Ina Garten's reliable edibles. Diane Rossen Worthington's Seriously Simple Parties provides menus with party prep notes. Browse,, or for more.

Drinks: Hugh Johnson's Pocket Wine Book, updated annually by the world's best-selling wine writer (get it on your e-reader!), will ease your fears about which vino to buy. Use to channel your inner mixologist.

Decor: This is a no-brainer: Surf for inspiration — and, too. Meanwhile, Elizabeth Harrison and Lara Shriftman's entertaining guides, available at, still remain the ultimate fab-fete-planning handbooks.

Manners: The recently updated 18th edition of Emily Post's Etiquette is a must for keeping your p's and q's in check.

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