entertaining, according to daisy de villeneuve

when it came to the uk launch party of our newest book, all in good taste, there were only two women for the job: jan and daisy de villeneuve, an iconic ‘60s-‘70s model and her illustrator daughter. together, this london-based duo has style in spades—and collective decades of entertaining experience—so we culled a few of daisy’s charmingly untraditional tips and tricks. (pick up your all in good taste for more!)

all-day entertaining
“as part of the RSVP, i ask my guests what time i should expect them in order to stagger arrivals. some come for tea at four o’clock before dinner, others for wine after dinner.”

the setting
“i use a colorful tablecloth with mismatched plates, old english souvenir spoons, plastic forks in shocking pink and lots of candles. then i go to the flower market the day of the party and pick up pink roses and place then in a big yellow jug with royal memorabilia, like princess di and prince charles mugs.”

the soundtrack
“i play mostly 1970s and 1980s music, with some early hip-hop so people don’t feel like they’re at a disco—ZZ top, the eagles, alice cooper, run-D.M.C., tone loc, dr. dre.”

just between us
“my new trick is to buy boxed wine, then pour it into vintage glass carafes and throw the box away.”

come one, come all
“at my mom’s, the door is always open. not everyone will know each other, but will have made friends by the end of the evening. same with me. and people can always bring guests—as long as they aren’t weirdos.”

  • Nancy, to literally no one: I can't believe you guys are forcing to me to eat this entire Fundae just so I can get the souvenir spoon.
  • Nancy, picking up the spoon: Alright, I've been trying to eat healthy, but you guys have left me little to no choice.
  • Nancy, eating 2480 calories worth of sheer heaven: Oh my gosh I can't believe you guys are making me do this! Ha ha ha!