By Parade Magazine
“I know many of you may be reading this out of nothing more than curiosity,” she admits, also noting how “startling” it was to become well known primarily because of her sister, her brother-in-law, and her “bottom.” But she certainly has the qualifications for this enterprise, having worked in the Middleton family’s party business as well as at a London-based events company. Celebrate, a guide to home entertaining structured around the seasons, provides her with the opportunity, after having had so much written about her, to finally “paint a picture” of herself. “This is my first chance to do that, and I’ve enjoyed every minute of it,” she says.
Regarding Halloween, Pippa says: “As a child, I felt that Halloween was a time when creatures of the night suddenly came to life—we would turn off all the lights in the house and let flickering candlelight conjure up scary shadows and imaginary figures lurking in dark corners.
“Nowadays,” she continues, “I frequently celebrate Halloween over a supper with friends. It’s a wonderful excuse to let your imagination run riot with gory-looking food and special effects.” Among her suggestions: “Stir witchy cauldrons of pumpkin soup; hang homemade spiders inside window nooks; string cobwebs on tables; and haunt gardens, attics, and stairways with ghosts made from sheets.”
And your celebration doesn’t have to cost a fortune, she says. “Just a simply carved pumpkin lit up among glimmering candles will go a long way to producing the right atmosphere.”
“I’ve always loved to write,” says Pippa, “so it seemed natural to try to combine this passion with my enjoyment for entertaining, an enthusiasm I hope to share with others.”
Check out this weekend's issue of PARADE for the full excerpt.
Take a Sneak Peek at Pippa's Goulish (and Gorgeous!) Photos from Celebrate
Picture Perfect: See Photos of Kate and Pippa Middleton Through the Years
Planning a Halloween Bash? Pippa Suggests Four Spooky and Seasonal Recipes from Celebrate:
Devil's Food Cake
Witches' Cheese Straws
Butternut Squash Lasagna
Reprinted by arrangement with Viking Penguin, a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc., from Celebrate by Pippa Middleton. Copyright © 2012 by Pippa Middleton.