Pippa Middleton, the quiet sister of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, has written a party book. “Celebrate,” which has already debuted in Britain, comes out in the U.S. next week.
In its introduction, she writes: “It’s a bit startling to achieve global recognition (if that’s the right word) before the age of 30, on account of your sister, your brother-in-law and your bottom.”
What the well-born Brit was doing before that fame landed was throwing parties. Like, professionally. “The book is designed to be a comprehensive guide to home entertaining,” she continues, “based on my experience in my family’s party business Party Pieces, and work for London-based events company Table Talk.”
In addition to getting work throwing parties, Middleton was paid a reported $650,000 for the 416-page book. The subtitle -- “A Year of British Festivities for Family and Friends” -- probably won’t discourage Americans from being curious about what the royal-adjacent Middleton does for fun.
Although we haven’t seen it yet, we’ve surveyed reports from Britain and can safely say the book’s tips include:
-- cooking toad-in-the-hole with onion gravy
-- celebrating Halloween by using pumpkins as bowling balls, with soft drink bottles filled with paint as pins
-- making “witches’ fingers” cheese straws, also for Halloween
-- decorating lollipops as ghosts and then sticking them into a pumpkin for a table centerpiece, another Halloween tip
-- making blackberry butter
-- making tomato soup from canned tomatoes and garnishing with bacon
-- while picnicking, pouring hot drinks from flasks into “mugs or paper cups”
-- toasting marshmallows on sticks
-- making apple pies in pots
-- making honey mustard sausages with sesame seeds
-- correctly holding a sparkler
Plenty of online shoppers in the U.S. are looking forward to partying like Pippa Middleton; preorders of her book have made it the No. 141 bestseller on Amazon.com.