Occasions [NOOK Book]

Overview

Every occasion calls out for something extra, whether it's flowers you set on the table, foods to honor a special gathering, or the selection of music. For both hostess and guest, consideration of those around you is among the most important qualities for any enjoyable occasion. A smile and sense of humor are also essential, and before the canapés and night lighting a good hostess is ultimately defined by a welcoming and gracious demeanor.
In Occasions, designer Kate Spade ...
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Occasions

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Overview

Every occasion calls out for something extra, whether it's flowers you set on the table, foods to honor a special gathering, or the selection of music. For both hostess and guest, consideration of those around you is among the most important qualities for any enjoyable occasion. A smile and sense of humor are also essential, and before the canapés and night lighting a good hostess is ultimately defined by a welcoming and gracious demeanor.
In Occasions, designer Kate Spade invites you into her world of easy, festive entertaining, where the emphasis is not on "the perfect meal" but on having "the perfect time." It's a world where laughter and conversation at dinner parties are encouraged and where spilled red wine on the couch is no reason to stop the music. As Kate says, "Making your guests feel at home is truly an art and it's one worth cultivating."
Any occasion begins with preparation, and at the outset Kate describes such basic components as lighting (votive candles are a must); table linens, flatware, and glassware; flowers (trimmed short and tightly massed); even bedding for overnight or weekend guests. Party shopping lists, hors d'oeuvres and cocktail favorites, and dinner party menus are all included. An "Alphabet of Special Events," from baby showers to tailgate picnics, is both anecdotal and useful for would-be hostesses everywhere.
Whether you entertain a lot or a little, and whether your style is casual or formal, Occasions, with more than 230 charming watercolor illustrations, is a handy and fresh approach to the subject, a book to be treasured today and over the years. Above all, at any gathering "hospitality makes for infectious fun."
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Fashion designer Spade has become a sort of style icon of the new millennium. First it was her ubiquitous handbags, then it was shoes, next came stationery and now she's telling us how to pen a thank-you note, what to pack for a beach bonfire and why a summer rainstorm calls for capri pants and flip-flops. This trio of "small books" is targeted squarely at the put-together woman (or the woman who wishes she were put-together). Each book mixes chatty but straight-ahead prose with cute line drawings. Spade's presence is evident throughout, between her personal anecdotes (in Occasions, she lets on, "One of my favorite things to do is shop flea markets, wherever I am") and the charming sketches of women sporting sparkly but demure shoes. While united in theme i.e., the modern woman embracing tradition, grace and old-fashioned beauty the books each have their own niche. Style mainly addresses what-to-wear issues and reads like an abridged version of the recently published style guides from Lucky and InStyle magazines. Occasions focuses on entertaining from cocktail parties to holiday dinners. And Manners covers such subjects as artful conversation and re-gifting. Style is probably the strongest of the three, as it's the subject on which Spade has the greatest authority. But Occasions and Manners are solid, too, if not exactly groundbreaking (they brim with grandmotherly advice, with a bit of Letitia Baldrige's modern etiquette thrown in). Taken together, the books should please hostesses and would-be Marthas of all ages. (Apr.) Forecast: This collection should take off, thanks to Spade's name, planned author appearances at her retail stores, a direct mail campaign to the company's 100,000-plus name mailing list, TV radio and print publicity and a tie-in to the launch of Spade's new "at home" collection. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781439103524
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster
  • Publication date: 6/16/2008
  • Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 112
  • Sales rank: 838,354
  • File size: 9 MB

Table of Contents

Have You Ever Wondered ...? 4
Introduction 10
Section 1 The Mise-en-Scene 13
Decorating the Room
Shopping for Antiques
Flowers
Lighting
Linens
The Well-Stocked Cupboard
Party Shopping Lists
Music
Seating
When the Out-of-Doors Beckons
Invitations
Dressing the Part
The Good Hostess
The Good Guest
Surprises and Disasters
Section 2 Tried 'n True Party Standards 59
Cocktail Parties
Pre-Party Preparations
Mixed Drinks
Shake, Stir, Pour, and Serve
The Perfect Martini
Champagne and Cognac
Wine is Divine
Beer is a Beverage Too
Hors d'Oeuvres
A la Carte, A Table, and Catering
Dinner Parties
Dinner Party Checklist
Special Dinner Parties
The Art of the Toast
Dinner Party Trivia
Weekend Parties
For the Ideal Guest Room
Weekend Activities in the Country
Section 3 An Alphabet of Special Events 91
Anniversary Gifts
The After-Party Party
Barbecues
Birthdays
Brunches (and Lunches)
Farewell Dinners
Holidays
New Home
Pienies
Showers
Tailgate
Tea
Theme Parties
The Un-Occasion
Weddings
Thank You 108
Select Bibliography 110
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  • Posted January 12, 2011

    A must read for kate spade fans!

    I love this book! I own it in hardcover and nookbook. The illustrations are lovely on the nookcolor!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2005

    A delightful little book...

    I thought this book had some great suggestions -- not all of them are for me (like ironing sheets), but I thought the ideas were very fun. I enjoy Kate Spade's classic, timeless elegance from her handbags to her books. At any rate, the book is beautiful and gives a myraid of ideas for entertaining.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2013

    This book is one to treasure!

    I really enjoyed Kate Spade's ideas and inspiration about entertaing with style. She has such great passion about everything she does and this will be a treasured book for yourself or will make a great gift.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2004

    Lovely advice... if you live on the Upper Westside and have a second home in the country, no kids and an unlimited bank account......

    For the remaining 99.9% of us who like to entertain and who don't have their own florist, chef, maid, and bellman - it contains a lot of meaningless and impertinent suggestions. 'For the guest room... freshly ironed white sheets....cloth napkins over paper any day of the week...whenever I'm having a party, I explain to a caterer that I think the food should be filling....' $20.00 retail is entirely too much even if you do find her advice humorous...

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted February 17, 2011

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