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McBride, a wedding party planner, shares her ideas for 11 party themes, with suggestions on bar tools, candles, flowers, and glasses and a list of resources to acquire proposed materials. A full-page color photo is adjacent to nearly every page of text. The photos are beautifully staged by Rosa and, frankly, supply most of the book's appeal. There are one to four recipes included with each party theme. The balance of the "basics" has to do with décor; examples include using a galvanized bucket for an ice bucket and using emptied wine bottles as flower vases. Although all aspects of hosting a party are mentioned, the coverage is so minimal that a party novice would not get past procrastination. Any new nester using this book to plan a party would need to consult another source as well. There are plenty of A-to-Z party-planning books available, such as Linnea Johansson's Perfect Parties: Tips and Advice from a New York Party Planner. Not recommended.