PREPARE! THE HOLIDAYS ARE COMING! (Yes, just like last year.)
Tips for the Season: When your in-law, or brother, or partner says something that embarrasses you at this year's holiday get-together, or just makes you mad, don't react. Take a breath and say... nothing! Then either change the subject or walk away. I know, but you can do it. And you will look, oh so in control.
Get a jump start. Check out this simple, super fast pasta sauce for your guests - and you will still have time to enjoy their company! And besides, is Jerry easy on the eyes, or what?
Useful and fun to read/
November 2, 2013 (review from Anthropologie reader)
This book goes far beyond usual tips on preparing the guest bathroom and making the beds. Sure it gives a lot of such advice as well. But even more importantly, it helps us to slow down, and look at the visit from other people's side, being it host's or guest's perspective. Basics of human dynamics and expectations are frequently forgotten when under stress that a visit, especially prolonged one, is sometimes bound to bring. The author reminds us of these, in an honest and humorous way. I especially loved thoughtful chapters on hosting old people and kids. No doubt I'll turn again to this book when my friends and relatives come next time. It's a well-written book, calming, useful, and fun.
Ready for guests? It all starts in the bedroom!
"What makes for truly happy, successful, stress-free visits with family and friends?
It's not the size of your home, or the entertainment you have planned, or the elaborate dinners you have slaved over; it’s your willingness and ability to be cool under pressure, think on your feet, and adjust when necessary." - Kathy Bertone
"Bertone was the epitome of grace, calm and sincerity as she spoke. Her book, “The Art of the Visit,” is visually stunning and full of tips that encompass all of the characteristics that Bertone embodies. - Natalie Strom, Coastal Breeze News