The moment I saw photos from this Esquire Party Book, circa 1965, I immediately snagged one. Vintage party books, especially ones with illustration, always hold great inspiration for me. Esquire does not disappoint. Filled with ideas like a memory game (on page 275) straight from the second world war and gem quotes like:

“The prefect party host spots bordem before it happens; he fingers left-out-ness before it appears. If one of your guests is shy draft her in as your assistant. If she has something to pass or do, she’ll become a part of the group in spite of herself.”

The book includes fun recipes like a Mom Colins (Tom Colins – minus the gin), and important advice on airing out rooms that get overly smokey when more then 8 cigarrettes are lit. Apart from the hilarity, I marked forty ideas to try out soon. One of the best books I’ve picked up in years. I think you’d love it too. xoxo