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Book Review: Williams-Sonoma Holiday Entertaining

Updated on March 15, 2011

Are you looking for a resource that will help you host holiday party entertainment events for your family and friends? If so, you definitely need to check out Williams-Sonoma Holiday Entertaining: Inspired Recipes & Ideas for Celebrating the Season .

More than just a cookbook, this beautiful volume is full of great entertaining tips and holiday party ideas. You'll gain valuable tips for how to entertain in style. The book itself is so attractive that it can actually become a part of your holiday d├ęcor. It is a perfect coffee table book, or you can even display it on a cookbook stand in your kitchen. The outside of the book is stunning, but is outdone by the amazing photography inside.

Party Planning Ideas

Williams-Sonoma Holiday Entertaining: Inspired Recipes & Ideas for Celebrating the Season starts out with a section aptly titled "Welcoming the Holidays" and is full of specific suggestions for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's party entertaining.

The book deails different types of holiday parties and goes over the fine points of preparing for and throwing a terrific event. You'll learn many things about how to throw a holiday party, including:

  • Creating the guest list
  • Decorating tips
  • Holiday invitations for parties
  • Holiday table settings
  • How to estimate food and beverage quantities
  • Glossary of ingredients
  • Matching food and wine
  • Menu planning
  • Pantry essentials for holiday entertaining
  • Pouring and Presenting Wine
  • Seating arrangements
  • Selecting a venue
  • Serving considerations
  • Staying organized
  • What to purchase for a well-stocked bar
  • Many more terrific tips for every host or hostess


The book is overflowing with delicious Williams and Sonoma recipes that are unique, yet perfect for the holiday season. They are definitely designed with winter entertaining in mind, and your guests will be truly delighted with anything you prepare from the pages of this book, whether you're hosting a holiday brunch or an elaborate holiday banquet.

A few of the unique and delicious holiday recipe selections include:

  • Cranberry Cornmeal Muffins
  • Gingerbread Bundt Cake
  • Gingered Cranberries
  • Persimmon Bread Pudding
  • Pumpkin Ginger Cheesecake
  • Roasted Squash with Maple Syrup and Sage Cream
  • Ruby Red Grapefruit Martini
  • Sausage, Apple, and Thyme Stuffing
  • Spiced Rosemary Nuts
  • Many more options sure to put anyone in the holiday spirit!

Holiday Gift Ideas:

If you're shopping for people who really enjoy holiday entertaining, this book makes excellent holiday Christmas gifts. You can present it to the lucky recipient early in the holiday season so he or she can use it to prepare for this year's celebrations. Alternately, it's a perfect gift for Christmas Day as well. It can be used in preparation for the upcoming New Year's celebrations, and then used to start planning for the next year's special events.


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    Zsuzsy Bee 10 years ago from Ontario/Canada

    Great HUB!

    regards Zsuzsy