Pad Parties: The Guide to Ultra-Entertaining

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The highly anticipated follow-up to Pad, the definitive guide to extreme domestic dcor, Pad Parties is the irreverent manual that will make any party an over-the-top entertainment sensation. Filled with deceptively simple and funky recipes for drinks, exotic garnishes, and appetizers, Pad Parties also includes ideas for enhancing the partyscape with music, ambient oddities, and creative homemade projects. Readers will learn how to transform a forlorn thrift store painting into an arty liquor larder and infuse ...

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Overview

The highly anticipated follow-up to Pad, the definitive guide to extreme domestic dcor, Pad Parties is the irreverent manual that will make any party an over-the-top entertainment sensation. Filled with deceptively simple and funky recipes for drinks, exotic garnishes, and appetizers, Pad Parties also includes ideas for enhancing the partyscape with music, ambient oddities, and creative homemade projects. Readers will learn how to transform a forlorn thrift store painting into an arty liquor larder and infuse their soirees with a gentle touch of surreal perversity by screening classroom safety films and Liberace variety shows. Concocted late in the night by a team on the leading edge of party style, the secrets to a happening scene are all here. With full-color photographs and illustrations, this is the perfect party guide for people with the distinctive and demanding sense of style that says, "That hideous vase would make a great swag lamp."

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Publishers Weekly
Beneath the wacky, kitschy veneer of designer, vintage-clothes hawker and style writer Maranian's latest book (he also authored Pad, a book about funky interior design), lies the heart of a conscientious host and dutiful party planner. Among his hints for the aspiring reveler, which include napkins printed with erotic personal ads and a stash box made out of a book, is a four-day prep schedule for the week leading up to the event, including such un-outrageous tasks as guest confirmation, grocery shopping and house cleaning. Other suggestions for swinging, fun-loving times include ambient video programming (running classic television commercials, Liberace videos and sexploitation or blaxploitation flicks in the "Optic Hors d'Oeuvres Tray"); an array of party foods, from Black Olive and Herb Turkey Balls to Crab Cups with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce; and, of course, drinks: party punches like the Pink Chihuahua ("use a good quality tequila and your guests will swear that you laced this punch with PCP") and Circus Freak ("more fun than a contortionist"). Overall, the events Maranian seems to favor are laddish affairs, with vintage decorations, gimmicky food and libations, and a guest list of Betty Page lookalikes. With good-natured prodding and a connoisseur's touch, this glitzy, self-consciously hip little book should push the Hawaiian-shirt-and-goatee crowd to new levels of socializing. (Aug.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780811837859
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC
  • Publication date: 5/15/2003
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 1.00 (w) x 1.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Matt Maranian a freelance writer and former actor now living in Vermont, where he and his wife operate perhaps the hippest vintage clothing store in Brattleboro. He is the coauthor of the Los Angeles Times bestseller, L.A. Bizzaro.

Robert Field is a fine artist and illustrator who lives in Putney, Vermont.

Jack Gould a Los Angeles—based photographer whose work appears regularly in the New Times Los Angeles.

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