Indoors, outdoors, in the house and on the lawn here goes the hostess through her paces of teas, brunches, barbecues, buffet and formal dinners with fairly exhausting preparation of decor, menus, invitations, etc. Much of the material is helpful-- some of it is inane. There are parties for everybody on occasions ranging from the two- year old's birthday to a wine-tasting spree. The parties sound labored to us -- though the editors insist they're a snap. This is for the hostess who keeps a card file on her parties and guests and likes her asparagus sprinkled with toasted almonds. The Good Housekeeping name will assure sales and for libraries it is a worthwhile addition to the shelf of culinary calisthenic books.