A good party doesn’t just happen. True, you may give one on the spur of the moment that turns out well, I’ve done it myself.  But don’t count on its happening twice.  In the long run only design will assure its successful repetition.

Don’t plan to wear anything designed to turn the eye of every woman at your party green with envy.  Be as chic as you will, but keep to the conservative side.  Your role, remember, is to please your guests, and you won’t be pleasing the women much be appearing in something that will make them feel dowdy by comparison.

Extracts from an article by Elsa Maxwell, the world’s most famous hostess, which appeared in Women’s Illustrated January 1960.

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