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Can planning parties be as much fun as attending them? In this book, master of merriment David Tutera invites us to enjoy the entire process along with him. Tutera, who has organized soirées for Elton John, the Prince of Wales, and the Rolling Stones, reveals to us all the tricks of the party-planning trade: finding a flexible, unique space; gauging your food and wine needs; and synchronizing decorations with party favors. The result is a big, beautiful bible of party planning.
Tutera begins by guiding us through the tricky yet crucial first steps of making an event: finding a date and a location, and working out a budget for the festivities. "Thinking outside the traditional avenues will help in creating a remarkable event," he urges. "I have produced beautiful galas in newly constructed parking garages, and I have made a simple suburban backyard look, smell, and sound like Paris." The trick is to pay attention to details and to know where trouble usually pops up. And that's where Tutera's expertise can be useful: He has worlds of experience in throwing parties, from doggie birthdays to grand political functions, and he shows us how to ensure that the big event comes off without a hitch. Consider this sage advice: "When ordering invitations for a party where you will receive gifts, remember to order thank-you cards that match the design. It's a terrific final touch and usually results in savings when ordered at the same time."
Tutera goes on to share with us suggestions for decorating the party space, finding a good caterer, and setting a schedule for entertainment. The possibilities are endless, and with Tutera's guidance every reader will find ways to build personal touches into tradition. When Tutera designed a cross-cultural wedding for a Jewish bride and an Iranian groom, for example, he helped the couple to find ways of using the ceremony itself to create a bridge between their two worlds. "Instead of the traditional canopy, or chupah, used during the Jewish ceremony, I built a gazebo for the ceremony to take place under and created a fantasy garden setting under a tent. I utilized the symbolic items usually associated with a Persian ceremony, such as the ceremonial rug known as a saffray, by displaying them directly in front of the gazebo."
Tutera's creative party planning makes an event's difficulties seem like opportunities for fun, unique touches. If you can't hire him, grab the book! (Jesse Gale)