Big Birthdays: The Party Planner Celebrates Life's Milstones


Event designer to the stars and television personality David Tutera offers practical tips for throwing extraordinary yet easy and affordable birthday parties for all ages.

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Event designer to the stars and television personality David Tutera offers practical tips for throwing extraordinary yet easy and affordable birthday parties for all ages.

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Publishers Weekly
A party planner to the stars, Tutera presents a semi-how-to entertaining book with guides for celebrating 10 landmark birthdays: the first, fifth, 16th, 25th, 30th, 40th, 50th, 65th, 75th and 100th. Each chapter includes notes and ideas in a variety of categories, which change from chapter to chapter but generally include such entries as "the look," "the texture," "the taste" and "the sound." The 200 color photographs are lush and appealing; the prose is tinged with fabulousness. Many suggestions are fleshed out with step-by-step instructions (e.g., a personalized baby blanket and whitewashed farm tables), but most readers would be better served with more practical information, such as recipes for more recommended menu items-of which there aren't many in this volume. However, Tutera (The Party Planner; A Passion for Parties) includes many recipes for cocktails, such as Lunar Lemon Quencher and Blazing Red Martini, and they're fun, inventive and easy to follow. Even if several-or most-aspects of these parties are over-the-top and often unrealistic, the book is gorgeous and inspiring for anyone hoping to throw unforgettable bashes. (Apr.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Like Tutera's The Party Planner, this book is all about designing and setting the stage for lavish parties. The ten featured here cover milestone birthdays from one to 100 and range in settings from a backyard to a New York City nightclub. Throughout, the five senses all come into play. Brilliantly colored two-page spreads and other lavish photos; 100 "Tutera Tips" on invitations, table settings, party favors, and the like; and cocktail recipes accompany each unique party, though few food recipes appear. Fans of the Discovery Channel's The Party Planner with David Tutera and readers interested in handicrafts will enjoy the challenge of re-creating the elaborate party settings, but those seeking instructions on baking a birthday cake will have to look elsewhere. At the back of the book, Tutera lists online and brick-and-mortar resources for food and furnishings. What's debatable is whether these parties could be afforded by anyone other than Tutera's celebrity clientele (e.g., Elton John, Jennifer Lopez). Few people would feel comfortable splurging on five matching highchairs-even if bought at Ikea-for their daughter's first birthday party. Order on demand.-Ann Weber, Bellarmine Coll. Preparatory Lib., San Jose, CA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780821261729
  • Publisher: Bulfinch
  • Publication date: 4/26/2006
  • Pages: 192

Meet the Author

David Tutera is a contributing entertaining expert on ABC's The View, The Tony Danza Show, and TBS's Movie and a Makeover. He has been featured on Oprah, The Today Show, CNN, E!, and the Style Network. His work has also been featured in such publications as the New York Times, USA Today, the London Times, the Wall Street Journal, Cosmopolitan, Redbook, and Town & Country. Tutera lives in New York City and maintains offices in Manhattan and Mamoroneck, New York. His previous books are The Party Planner (Bulfinch), A Passion for Parties (Simon & Schuster) and America Entertains (STC).

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