“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.