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Sunday, June 9, 2013


Not a “how to” book but rather one to used to get basic ideas. (Review by Beverley Millar)

When I was first shown this book, my first thought was “why?” Why would one need a book for something as basic as table settings, but I changed my mind after reading it.

Easy Table Settings for Every Occasion by Noeleen Foster, Clare Huisamen and Ingrid Loud is an attractive book, easy to read and to page through. It has many colourful illustrations and the text is straightforward. All types of entertaining is covered from formal dinners to alfresco functions. There are sections on engagement and graduation dinners, book club dinners, tea parties, whisky and wine evenings, picnics, Mother’s and Father’s Day celebrations and many more.

Also included are ideas and plans for parties for children of all ages.

The introductory chapter lays out the basic rules for entertaining and planning a function .It discusses organisation and planning of an event as well as giving many hints, tips and check lists to ensure that nothing is forgotten.

The book is also full of useful ideas and instructions on how to make table decorations such as photo vases and centre pieces. There are also clever ideas for using and recycling household items, such as decorating empty tomato puree tins to make serviette rings. With everyone trying to save money and protect the environment today, these are useful suggestions. The book also suggests some very interesting gift ideas for your guests.

Easy Table Settings for Every Occasion is definitely not a “how to” book with rigid lists and instructions on what to do. It is rather to be used to browse through to get basic ideas and inspiration from the text and pictures on how to personalize your own function.

There is a helpful list of suppliers at the back of the book, but I was disappointed that except for the chain stores no KZN suppliers were listed.

Easy Table Settings for Every Occasion would make an ideal gift for a kitchen tea/pamper party, or for anyone looking for new ideas for entertaining. It is published by Struik Lifestyle - ISBN 978-1-43230-084-5. Recommended retail price R200. – Beverley Millar