The Amy Vanderbilt Success Program for Women

The Amy Vanderbilt Success Program for Women

Rob and I haven’t had friends visit in a long while (I guess SF’s “June Gloom” isn’t that appealing). But, hooray, we have friends coming to stay this weekend!

Luckily, I’ve been brushing up on my hostessing skills thanks to a generous gift from a family friend. She recently gave me a copy of the 1957 Amy Vanderbilt Success Program for Women booklet on hosting dinner parties. This thrilling series also includes:

  • How to Decorate with Color
  • How to Be Well Dressed
  • How to Help your Husband Get Ahead
  • How to Shop Wisely
  • How to be a More Interesting Woman
  • Easy Gourmet Dishes
  • How to Give Luncheons and Showers
  • How to Prepare Easy Holiday Menus
  • How to Be Safe in Your Home
  • How to Entertain Out of Doors

I wish I had the whole set! According to my booklet, I need to get a roast in the oven, a tomato aspic in the fridge and the maid ready to prepare morning breakfast trays for our overnight guests.

In reality, I need the air mattress pulled out of the closet, the fridge stocked with good beer and a reservation at our local Ethiopian restaurant. Maybe I’ll make a cake, just for a little extra effort!

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  1. love.boxes at 12:21 am

    I love those old books. Some of the stuff is really funny. My favorite is Better Than Beauty, A Guide to Charm.. The part on personal hygiene is kind of funny. But, I think there is some really good advice in there too.. like you can’t be charming if your feet hurt, so buy good shoes… In my 30’s now.. I have decided that I’m too old to wear ouchy shoes.. and, I am much more charming that I used to be. 🙂

  2. Beth at 8:06 pm

    I just had to research what exactly aspic is – apparently I need this course!

  3. mrsem Author at 8:57 pm

    It is tomato jello…pretty weird sounding but a favorite brunch recipe of my grandmother’s.

  4. Anonymous at 5:33 pm

    I believe I have the entire set.
    Anyone interested in purchasing it?
    Ed S.

  5. Aunnie at 5:17 am

    Ed S. I know this is a post from a long time ago, but I would interesting in purchasing it if you still have it.

  6. Anonymous at 2:24 pm

    my mom just gave me a stack of these she found when cleaner her house. they are awesome! my favorites so far are "how to handle your correspondence" and "How to get along with People".