Pippa’s exclusive office Christmas party tips

12 December 2012

11:36 AM

12 December 2012

11:36 AM

Bestselling author Pippa Middleton has written this week’s Spectator diary*, in which she takes on her critics directly:

‘I have been much teased for my book, Celebrate. Lots of journalists are saying that my advice is glaringly obvious… It’s all good fun, I know, and I realise that authors ought to take criticism on the chin. But in my defence, let me say this: Celebrate is meant to be a guide to party planning and, as such, it has to cover the basics. If I were to write a cookery book, for instance, I would be compelled to say that, to make an omelette, you have to break at least one egg.’

The original diary is well worth a read in this year’s Christmas double issue, which you can download for free now and is packed full of fantastic writing, ranging from David Hare to Joan Collins. As well as revealing her expertise in fly-fishing and her devotion to Roger Federer, she also includes ‘a seasonal treat for Spectator readers’ inspired by the spoof @pippatips Twitter account:

‘1) Choose, if you can, a Christmas-themed menu. A turkey, for example, can be perfect for large gatherings.

2) Don’t not invite any members of staff, as this can cause offence.

3) Keep speeches brief and cheerful: Christmas is not a time to talk about redundancies.’


And in the spirit of the season, God bless us, everyone.

*Pippa’s diary is now available in the new bumper Christmas Spectator. To read it for free, download a free trial for Kindle, iPad or iPhone by clicking here.

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  • rndtechnologies786

    Good view.

  • Mikala Stainer

    I think she was saying obvious things deliberately for the fun of it. the omelette thing is priceless.

  • murchadhmacleoid

    Can we have an Android app please?

  • Sarah

    I can barely see the book in the picture accompanying this blog. Which is odd given that that is what this blog is ostensibly about.

  • Christian Luke

    who gives a flying fuck about what pippa thinks

    • Sarah

      Not Steerpike and not the Spectator. They give a flying fuck about what Pippa looks like and it’s hard to get away with a blog that says “phwoar, fancy doing ‘er?” and maintain any credibility as a journal that appeals to a female readership.

      • S.Willis

        That’s not quite true now, is it? If they only cared about what she looked like then why print a diary piece by her, without any accompanying photo of Pippa?

      • Ian Walker

        I know plenty of females who would like to ‘do’ Pippa.

  • Memory babe

    In many respects Pippa is a mirror to see the current government;a small insulated clique of people born to enormous privilege convinced they know best in the face of overwhelming evidence to contrary

  • E Hart

    Talk about the parable of the talents.

  • Dalziel

    The gift that keeps on giving: “If I were to write a cookery book, for instance, I would be compelled to say that, to make an omelette, you have to break at least one egg”. Priceless.

  • Daithaic

    Don’t be beastly to the non-Germans!!

  • silas