As the summer solstice drawers nearer and the days grow longer, warm weather entertaining is only ramping up. So as you mull over the possibility of throwing a moon-theme bacchanal, consider your astrological sign. Below, Amy Zerner and Monte Farber, the duo behind the recently published astrology cookbook Signs and Seasons, explain how each sign tends to entertain. In other words, it’s a hosting guide and cheat sheet rolled into one. Helpful knowledge, one could say, for throwing a party any time of the year.
nner conversation: Ask an Aries if you want to know how to achieve your goals. Aries will tell you what you should be doing and how you should be doing it. Just make sure you’re ready to work until you drop.
HOW TAURUS ENTERTAINS
Taurus people love crafts, centrepieces and arrangements that are handmade. They will splurge on fresh flowers. Taurus prefers a rather traditional and friendly environment when it comes to sustenance. They have a common sense approach along with a fondness for the good life, luxury foods and eating pleasure. Venus’s children are better-than-average cooks and better-than-average decorators, too. The emphasis for a Taurus is on the aesthetic aspects of the meal: beautiful presentation, table setting, flowers and music.
Dinner conversation: Ask a Taurus if you want advice on how to increase your power and prestige. Taurus is never shy about giving tips and pointers, and will do it in such a nice way, you won’t even realise you are being criticised.
HOW GEMINI ENTERTAINS
Geminis really like parties and opportunities to socialise. The challenge of Gemini is to harmonise their on-the-go, hand-to-mouth impulses with their need for contact and communication with loved ones. Hands-on foods and mini-meals give Gemini the option of sitting down, being present and paying attention to their food as well as those around them. . . or not. They are energetic whirling dervishes who can eat, talk, tell jokes, answer the phone, and flirt all at the same time.
Dinner conversation: Ask a Gemini for the details of what is going on in the world, because no matter how demanding their schedules may be, Geminis always manage to read the paper or catch the news on television or online.
HOW CANCER ENTERTAINS
Cancers are attracted to other people who are into entertaining and nurturing as much as they are. The dining area for them should be a protective shell that is well stocked and homey with a setting that includes the gentle colours of the ocean. They love to have a dear friend drop by, even if unexpected, so they can share some gossip over tea and cookies. Cancer chooses its acquaintances carefully. They are so warmhearted and sensitive when entertaining—they always make sure there will be enough for everyone.
Dinner conversation: Cancers pride themselves on being both empathetic and trustworthy and will listen to your problems or concerns with an open mind and an open heart. They also have the gift of giving counsel without lecturing.
HOW LEO ENTERTAINS
Entertaining is an art form for Leos. They like to be surrounded by rich shades of yellow and gold. Leos love company: barbecuing meat and fish, creative salads and slaws. Leo loves love: dinners for two. For Leo, meals are a venue for creativity and an opportunity to impress others. Leos are self-assured and want their gatherings to be opulent and done with grand style. They choose recipes and table settings that project the Leo elegance, pride, hospitality, generosity, noblesse oblige, and romance.
Dinner conversation: Ask a Leo if you need help organising a project or enterprise of any sort. No matter what it is, Leo has a plan for how to get it done better, faster, more economically, and even with more style.
HOW VIRGO ENTERTAINS
Virgos have an extremely critical eye. Soft colours, warm woods, floor lamps, table and chair in a clean lines and minimalist styles will appeal. They will polish the silver, lay out the napkins, and arrange the flowers up to the last minute, to make sure every detail is in place. They adore stylish storage containers. Enlist a Virgo friend to help you plan a party! They like to contribute to any undertaking without too much ego. They will immediately assess the dinner to see if you or they forgot anything.
Dinner conversation: Ask a Virgo if you want to know the latest news and gossip, or if you want to know where to find the best of the best, from restaurants to theater. They seek out the crème de la crème in all sorts of areas in life.
HOW LIBRA ENTERTAINS
Libras make great hosts. They are the incarnation of cultivation, good taste, diplomacy, and usually quite levelheaded and calm, which are great qualities. They like a dining room with uniformity: matching chairs, and balanced elements. They will usually have interesting art objects. You can always count on a Libra to create the right mood, to handle a social situation correctly, with polished manners. They will make sure you are pleased with their service and so well cared for that you will feel very special.
Dinner conversation: Ask a Libra if you want to see both sides of a difficult or troublesome situation. Libras are fair and notoriously good at being able to size up any situation and discover the pluses and minuses of it.
HOW SCORPIO ENTERTAINS
Scorpios tend to be brooding, emotionally intense, and deep. Change the music and you will change their mood! Candlelight and dramatic bouquets add a touch of transformational magic. They love antiques and treasures. They are attracted to warm, lusty, dark exciting atmospheres and food to keep the cold away, loved ones close and enemies closer. You might catch them giving some probing, sexy dark looks or catch them sulking if they don’t get their way or if something offends them.
Dinner conversation: Ask a Scorpio if you want to get to the bottom of a mystery. Their penetrating intelligence and ability to put clues together are a tremendous help. They aren’t gossips and can keep a secret.
HOW SAGITTARIUS ENTERTAINS
Sagittarians are always fun and they are champions of other cultures, so expect an interesting mix of different dishes and native textiles when they host a party. There is a natural conflict between the Sagittarian intellect, which may crusade for food that is local and in season, the Sagittarian palate, which hungers for exotic flavours and foreign affairs, and the Sagittarian optimism, which indulges cravings. They are drawn to sustainable cuisine and green living, so the materials and decor they use will reflect that. Their bookcases are always crammed with interesting titles.
Dinner conversation: Ask a Sagittarius if you need a worldly perspective on a spiritual matter, since many Sagittarians have the sort of wisdom and life experience that is able to cross the boundaries of both points of view.
HOW CAPRICORN ENTERTAINS
Capricorns are patient and like to prepare hearty dinners. Their persistence coupled with their desire to adhere to tradition helps to make their gatherings as pleasant and special as possible. Dinner gatherings are a way of celebrating family, coworkers, friends and foods that have traditional meaning. Even though fairly conventional, dining with a Capricorn is usually in very good taste, and they work hard to achieve that. The conservation of resources always remains an issue with Capricorns, as they balance a regimen of luxury with earthy common sense, waste not, want not principles and self-discipline.
Dinner conversation: Ask a Capricorn if you want a practical solution to a problem. The people born under this sign pride themselves on their common sense and know how to assess a situation and get a job done.
HOW AQUARIUS ENTERTAINS
Mixing, meeting and mingling are an Aquarian’s favourite things, and dining rooms can be one of the best places to spend some great time. The rebel, the reformer, the inventor has a tendency to see food as a social statement. They get distracted showing of their latest gizmo or gadget. It goes against the Aquarian grain to follow instructions and recipes. Aquarians are inspiring cooks especially when they’ve invented a new technique. They learn by doing; probably taught by a close relative when younger.
Dinner conversation: Ask an Aquarian if you want a simple answer to a complex problem. The Aquarian mind is highly analytical, so turning a myriad of information into easy-to-follow directions is never difficult for them.
HOW PISCES ENTERTAINS
Pisces are sweet natured dreamers with a romantic view of life. Love is the most important ingredient to a Pisces. Watery colours and whimsical elements make them happy. As hosts, they will float around the room, with an innate air of thoughtfulness for their guests, refreshing their drinks with love, healing and deep insights. Empathic, more than any other sign, they need foods that restore balance, that lift the spirits, like seafood, complex carbohydrates, nuts, fruits, vegetables, rich with blues-beating nutrients. Cashmere throws and fairy gardens accent their inner sanctums.
Dinner conversation: Ask a Pisces if you want to know the meaning of life. The Piscean will help you to understand that it is through compassion, caring, and a spirit that is open to receive the love of others that true happiness exists.