It's an ideal holiday gift for the hostest with the mostest, or that one girlfriend with absolutely no manners. Kate Spade's new title, All in Good Taste brings together 879 pieces of advice on style, etiquette and entertaining in its signature cutesy style. What to expect? Essays, anecdotes and sketches curated by the brand from 25 contributors (including stylists, chefs, photographers, writers, bookstore owners and models). This digest will be a handy companion come merry-making time at the end of the year. Ain't no party like a Kate Spade party — and here are some tips you ought to take note.
1. No idea what to do with old perfume decanters? Re-use them as vases for your centrepiece. Just make sure you sanitise them before putting your best blooms in.
2. It's perfectly excusable to scribble a last-minute toast on a napkin — that is, if you can't do so on the note-taking function in your mobile. Here's a foolproof formula for last minute toasts.
3. The samba, cha-cha, tango and mambo are four classic dances you should learn for any occassion — here's a cheat sheet in case you're too embarrassed to be seen taking dance classes.
4. Turn your favourite classic book covers into wall art or gifts for a literary-inclined boo by framing a contemporary version with gold foil.
5. After a dinner party, always thank the host with a handwritten note (text messages should be banned), and be sure to include anecdotes on any embarrassing moments from the evening. It's much classier than an unflattering photo on Facebook.
All in Good Taste will be available for purchase in November at Kate Spade New York Marina Bay Sands, Ion Orchard and Raffles City.