Food is the Frosting-Company is the Cake

You Can Entertain Easier At Any Age

by Maggie Marshall



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 01/01/0001

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 8.25x11
Page Count : 192
ISBN : 9781434331519

About the Book

The meat and potatoes (and to her vegetarian readers, the tofu and broccoli sprouts) of this book is about opening our front door wider and making it fun and less stressful to invite people into our home more often. With a twinkle in her eye, lifestyle expert Maggie Marshall gently escorts you through the changes of life (that one, too) and how to make adjustments to entertaining along the way. This book offers practical advice as we age, 101 tips simplifying entertaining that you don’t want to miss, short anecdotes to keep a smile on your face while helping you remember the important pointers, plus delicious recipes that can be prepared 24 hours or more in advance. The book is set up as a practical guide; Chapter 1 sets the foundation. At the end of the chapter be sure you don’t skip taking the Entertainment IQ Test (you can keep your test score a secret from your best friend, the one who makes entertaining look easy). Then browse through the Table of Contents and flip to whatever chapter “speaks to you.” If you have a young family (or a grandparent trying to pass on traditions) and want to reduce tears in the kitchen, head straight to the chapter on Cooking With Kids – Ours and Theirs. If you’re ready to host a big bash, turn to the chapter called Hotsy-Totsy Parties for help with events that require more detail when planning a celebration. Maggie’s favorite chapter is Honoring Life Events During Suffering, Illness and Loss and how to remain connected while living through some of life’s greatest challenges.

About the Author

Maggie Marshall, called a “lifestyle expert” by Keisha Grant on the NBC 30 morning show in Hartford, operated her successful catering company, Catering By Maggie, on the Shoreline of Connecticut, which she successfully ran for many years with her late husband. She learned the behind-the-scenes, tried-and-true tricks of the trade, as well as activities that make parties truly successful. Catering By Maggie planned events and catered for over fifty departments at Yale University; was awarded the Special Olympics World Games reception in New Haven, Connecticut; the World Trade Center (sadly noted today); weddings; corporate events; home parties of all kinds; and other gatherings for up to a thousand guests. 


Maggie is in demand to teach classes on making entertaining easier at any age from coast-to-coast and has been interviewed on TV and radio and has written for magazines and newspapers. One of her favorite articles was in Today’s Caregiver magazine, “Celebrating and Caregiving: Do They Go Together?” And you know the answer to that question: “You bet they do!” 


She returned to her hometown of San Diego to direct the Caregiver-to-Caregiver Network for the Southern Caregiver Resource Center, an extraordinary statewide program supporting family caregivers. She started the first program of its kind in the nation on the Connecticut shoreline for the local Visiting Nurses Association. She continues to write training manuals, journal articles and newsletters. 


Before entering the hospitality and caregiving world, she was the Regional Director of Resource Services for the Connecticut Department of Mental Retardation, managing community services, family support, and advocacy. Maggie holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication, a Master’s degree in Education, and a teaching certificate. And when she’s not working to help support family caregivers or having guests of her own over, she loves to rollerblade.