In Style Parties: The Complete Guide to Easy, Elegant Entertaining

In Style Parties: The Complete Guide to Easy, Elegant Entertaining

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by Editors of InStyle Magazine, Tracy Dockray, Tracy Dockray
     
 

Want to throw an A-list party without spending heaps of time and money? In Style Parties: The Complete Guide to Easy, Elegant Entertaining is the one-stop guide to making every event stylish and personal, and it proves once and for all that entertaining at home can be easy, fabulous, and fun. Organized in three sections, the book includes:

  • The basics of party
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Overview

Want to throw an A-list party without spending heaps of time and money? In Style Parties: The Complete Guide to Easy, Elegant Entertaining is the one-stop guide to making every event stylish and personal, and it proves once and for all that entertaining at home can be easy, fabulous, and fun. Organized in three sections, the book includes:

  • The basics of party preparation, including what to serve and how to create the perfect atmosphere
  • Complete party guides for every occasion, from dinner parties for 8 to cocktail parties for 30
  • A listing of the country's top resources for food, drink, and decor, from artisanal cheeses and exotic chocolates to flowers and flatwear
The book begins with the Basics section, which arms readers with the essentials of party planning. In thorough yet accessible detail, this section provides tips on how to plan a menu, stock a bar, set a table, serve cocktails, and feed a crowd, efficiently and with finesse. Also covered are tips on invitations, decorations, and music, which set the tone for a special occasion.

The heart of the book is twenty of the most popular party guides published in In Style magazine over the last five years. Playful themes, fresh and simple recipes, sexy drinks, elegant decor, handy timetables, and a non-stuffy approach make it easy to stay on top of all the little details. Readers can follow the guides closely, mix up elements from different guides to suit their unique vision, or simply use them as inspiration. The festivities, dreamed up by top celebrity party planners on both coasts, include:

  • Dinner Parties: Everything from a simple Saturday night supper to a Tuscan feast and a Mexican fiesta.
  • Holiday Parties: Thanksgiving, holiday cocktails, and a New Year's Eve celebration.
  • Theme Parties: Halloween cocktails; viewing parties to enjoy at-home entertainment, from the Oscars and the Super Bowl to favorite television programs; game night; and girls' night in
  • Showers: Bridal and baby showers.
  • Summer Parties: Outdoor cocktails, backyard barbeque, and luau.
  • Birthday Parties: Dinner at home, cocktails, surprise parties, theme parties, restaurant dinners, and milestone birthdays.
With its elegant illustrations and vibrant images of celebrity-studded events, colorful drinks, luscious foods, and sophisticated decor, In Style Parties puts the fun of parties first. This beautifully designed, all-purpose, indispensable guide shows readers how to think like a movie star while organizing like a caterer. The reward is in enjoying your own party as much as your guests. And In Style Parties makes that a reality.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Easy entertaining is what this book is all about. Like Christopher Lowell's The Hassle-Free Host: Super-Simple Tablescapes and Recipes for Stunning Parties and David Tutera's The Party Planner, this recap of 16 party guides previously published by In Style magazine explores the world of theme parties. Journalist Tung provides suggestions on such topics as deciding on the menu and setting up a bar while also calling on experts like Nigella Lawson and Colin Cowie to contribute their own opinions. Basics such as table settings, lighting, and dressing for the occasion are covered in the first 40 pages, while resources for purchasing readymade menu items, theme elements, and general party supplies are listed at the end. Each party plan begins with a countdown of tasks to keep preparation running smoothly, and an "Even Easier" section suggests no-effort ways of accomplishing the already easy recipes provided. More than 300 lavish photographs of celebrities and party d cor complete the book. Unfortunately, neither the menus nor the party themes (e.g., Oscar Night, Super Bowl, Holiday Parties) are original or very interesting, and the wine suggestions are not described in sufficient detail to help readers locate them on a retailer's shelf. Recommended only where In Style publications are in demand.-Ann Weber, Bellarmine Coll. Preparatory Lib., San Jose, CA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781932994117
Publisher:
Time Home Entertainment, Inc
Publication date:
10/11/2005
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
9.25(w) x 10.25(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
13 - 18 Years

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