Park Avenue Potluck Celebrations

© Ben Fink, Park Avenue Potluck Celebrations, Rizzoli New York, 2009.
Park Avenue Potluck Celebrations New York Times The Society of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

1. Be worldly—follow the Swedish tradition of eating birthday cake for breakfast on your birthday.
2. Drink a cocktail before party guests arrive—it'll loosen you up and make you a better hostess.
3. Be a gracious and unflappable hostess, unperturbed by spilled wine or a crying child. Note: See #2, which will help.
4. Lottery tickets make great place cards—that’s one way to make it to Park Avenue.
5. Note for next year: Hand out to-go wine cups for parents accompanying trick-or-treaters on Halloween.

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