Pippa Middleton’s 19 Most Painfully Obvious Pieces Of Advice

“[Star-gazing] is best in pitch darkness on a very clear night,” Pippa opines in her new book.

Pippa offers lot of advice in Celebrate, her new book about party-planning. I flipped through it (so you don’t have to!) in order to bring you her most astounding tips.

Topics explored include food and drink:

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“You can cut up your chicken into portions consisting of the drumstick, thigh, breast and wing.”

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“I like breakfast. A good morning meal brightens any day.”

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“Depending on what vegetables are in season, serve them freshly boiled or steamed on the side.”

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“A really late start warrants brunch, in lieu of lunch.”

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“There is something very British about tea.”

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“Games are not only fun but are also useful for keeping children at the table.”

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“Don’t forget to put a pitcher of water and glasses on the table or a nearby side table if there’s no room.”

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“Do designate a space for guests’ coats. Empty hooks or coat racks so guests can use them, leave a number of spare hangers on stair banisters or open a bedroom for the purpose.”

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“Do use ordinary jars and pitchers for flowers if you’ve run out of vases.”

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“[Star-gazing] is best in pitch darkness on a very clear night, and can be exciting even for quite young children.”

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“Make a checklist—it’s otherwise too easy to forget essentials, and it’s useful to have when you arrive home to make sure nothing is missing.”

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“Keep your campfire a manageable size, making sure water is always nearby just in case.”

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New Year’s Eve:

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“Although each country has its own traditional customs and superstitions, it’s a universal experience as people wait for the first day of the new year to reach them.”

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“Don’t forget to have some bubbly for midnight toasts.”

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“As the clock strikes midnight, link arms with friends and family and sing in the new year to ‘Auld Lang Syne.’ Pop corks and toast the year ahead.”

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Valentine’s Day:

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“[F]lowers are a traditional Valentine’s token, and red roses are the classic symbol of romance, be it a dozen hand tied in a beautiful bouquet or simply a single stem.”

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“Switch off the television to play cards or a board game for two. Backgammon is a personal favorite, but I always forget how to set up pieces on a board, so use the photograph [of a set board included in Celebrate] to avoid any potential disagreements.”

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And gift-wrapping:

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“A well-wrapped gift helps express how much thought you’ve put into it. Don’t forget to remove the price tag from the gift…”

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“Place the present on the paper to gauge how much you will need, then cut to length.”

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Buy the book here, and if you’re craving even more sage words of wisdom, check out Pippatips, a gem of a parody Twitter account.

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