To become the ideal host, it's important to remember that success lies in the details--the niceties of setting a lovely table, extra attention to comfort in the guest's room, and adding those thoughtful little touches that surprise and delight your company. Whether the occasion is a weekend visit, romantic dinner a deux, group picnic, or children's party, this lavishly photographed, practical guide to all aspects of entertaining reveals the secrets of doing it right. Every page gleams with illustrations of wonderfully laid-out interiors, presentation ideas, and perfect decorative projects, including a white (linen) Christmas for a holiday lunch; cutlery wraps and a quilted liner for a picnic hamper; centerpieces and candleholders; and machine-embroidered monogrammed napkins. Planning ahead is essential, whether it's making soup days in advance or clearing off a bathroom countertop to provide a place for an overnight visitor's toiletries. Your guests will rave about your home and graciousness for months after the event!