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Southern Living The Half-Hour Hostess

All Fun, No Fuss: Easy Menus, 30-Minute Recipes, and Great Party Ideas

From the most casual outdoor get-togethers to holiday gatherings that call for a little more planning, The Half-Hour Hostess makes it easy to entertain the Southern Living way.

Between hectic work schedules, carpool duties, and volunteer activities, busy folks want to stop and take time to reconnect with their friends and families. But who has the time? Now you can entertain the easy way! Forget fussy dinner parties and complicated soirées- the recipes and ideas for our festive little gatherings come together in a mere 30 minutes or less. Instead of hosting a 5-course Christmas dinner, invite the girls over for a shopping break featuring Caramel-Cream Macchiato Coffee and Cream-Cheese Olive Spread. Send each of them home with a clever little Caramel Shopping Bag table decoration that you can assemble in just 15 minutes. With quick recipes, great decorating ideas, and countless tips, The Half-Hour Hostess helps readers get everything done in a snap.

Taking its cue from the popular "Half-Hour Hostess" column in Southern Living magazine, every recipe in this book is ready in 30 minutes or less. We throw out the idea of traditional entertaining and replace it with fun and fast gatherings instead of the fussy parties that you'd expect in a traditional entertaining book. With a photograph-or two-on every spread, each turn of the page offers ideas that are as much fun to look at as they are to use. Seeing just what the recipe or decoration will look like will help readers put together a party in style.

About the Author
Name Editors of Southern Living Magazine, Rebecca K Gordon
Bio For over 40 years, Southern Living magazine has delivered definitive southern food, decorating, and entertaining ideas to its readers, making it one of the most trusted sources in the country that reaches nearly 16 million readers monthly. Southen Living Test Kitchen professional and original Half-Hour Hostess Rebecca Kracke Gordon has a philosopy when it comes to entertaining: Keep it Real! Rebecca shares her tips for casual but stylish entertaining with affordable ideas that she's pefected from her years contributing to both the magazine and regular features on
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Publication Date April 26, 2011
Dimensions 9" x 10"
Format Hardcover Book
Number of Pages 288
Number of Photos 200
Number of Recipes 250