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11.07.1211:00 AM ET

Pippa: When Throwing a Party, First Decide Who To Invite

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Pippa Middleton has received plenty of criticism for her over-simple party planning book, but she has defended herself in a piece written for the Daily Telegraph.

"Celebrate, my book on entertaining, has been a labour of love... I could have written a book that showcased the most extravagant or elaborate of occasions – after all, I spent three years working for an events company planning parties – but I wanted to produce something that was achievable."

Fair enough, you might think, but then just a paragraph later she comes up with a classic Pippa-ism: 

"When having friends over for a dinner or hosting a party, I spend hours thinking it all through, creating a vision in my head of how the occasion is going to unfold. Firstly, who is going to come."

Really? You mean you have to decide who to invite when throwing a party?

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