On the unexpected: "If possible, I try to plot an evening so that something new is happening all the time. Guests coming in after dinner make a kind of second party. Games, like music are okay if the mood's right. Try to prepare a surprise. It can be the food, a little present in each napkin, a musician in the middle of dinner - never at the start, it wastes the impact - a poem read by a guest, an amusing table decoration - you know, something like a girl in a pie."
- Alexis Gregory, among other fine things, the author of Private Splendor: Great Families at Home, as quoted by Bloomingdale's Book of Entertaining, Ariane and Michael Batterberry (1976, FDS)
What is your dinner party girl in a pie?