Suggests twenty-six ideas to bring life to a dinner party, family gathering, picnic or weekend in the country, including ice breaking jokes, making music at the table, reciting poetry, and playing charades
A perfect guest, Edith Hazard suggests, is not someone who waits passively to be entertained, nor is it someone who is merely polite, makes small talk, and laughs tastefully at amusing stories. No, when you're a perfect guest you know when and how to help your host keep things moving. You know enough to give something of yourself, something that contributes to the success of the event.Here are twenty-six good ideas that you can bring to dinner, to cocktails, to family gatherings, to picnics, and to weekends in the country or at the beach.Can you conduct a dinner-table symphony orchestra, with water glasses and spoons for instruments? Are you prepared to liven up the boring party by composing a risque limerick? Are you man (or woman) enough to entertain the kids? Are you ready to predict the weather while on a picnic, or dance a jig at a birthday party?Singing for Your Supper is illustrated with drawings and diagrams, but it's more than a how-to book. It's a philosophy - a way of returning to the time when a guest was expected to bring something more than a bottle of wine. With Edith Hazard's witty guidance, you can add life to a party without becoming "The Life of the Party." Learn how to put her philosophy into practice and you'll not only have a good time, you'll surely be invited back.