I love the cocktail culture in the Pink Panther movie of the 1960s. It was so glamorous, so effortlessly swank -- and nobody seemed to be trying too hard. Since I can't get myself (or my friends) invited to one of those celluloid soirees, I do what I can to re-create the vibe when I entertain. I use lots of silver and glass: As many reflective surfaces as possible help set the stage. And I keep the menu limited -- there are options but not endless options. This makes it possible for me to spend time mixing with my guests rather than mixing drinks all night.
Whether you're a frequent entertainer or a holidays-only host, chances are you've got something to learn from this self-proclaimed "maniacal perfectionist." This wisdom from Martha herself is sure to enliven your next party -- and your life beyond it too.
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