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Are you ready to party like Pippa Middleton?

October 24, 2012|By Carolyn Kellogg
  • Pippa Middleton at the U.S. Open in New York.
Pippa Middleton at the U.S. Open in New York. (Clive Brunskill / Getty…)

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.

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