Betsy Bloomingdale and the Art of Entertaining

As Hollywood prepares for the 89th Academy Awards and the party season hits full swing, we pay tribute to the First Lady of entertaining, ahead of the second part of the Betsy Bloomingdale: A Life in Style auction on 5 April. Read more at ‘Entertaining is not a frivolous endeavour,’ wrote Betsy Bloomingdale in her book Entertaining with Betsy Bloomingdale: A Collection of Culinary Tips and Treasures from the World’s Best Hosts and Hostesses. ‘I believe it is one of the great essentials of life.’ The legendary socialite and philanthropist kept a record of every dinner party she hosted from 1959 until her death in 2016. These notebooks contained lists of her guests, copies of the menus,

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