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Have you always wanted to throw a glamorous party, the kind you’ve heard about but only ever dreamt of attending? Now you can, with priceless tips and ideas from Linnea Johansson, one of New York City’s premier party planners. She's thrown over a thousand events big and small, from private affairs to celebrity blow-outs for stars like Jennifer Lopez, Donald Trump, Reese Witherspoon, Sean Combs, and Martha Stewart — and she’s ready to share the secrets to a successful party.

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Overview

Have you always wanted to throw a glamorous party, the kind you’ve heard about but only ever dreamt of attending? Now you can, with priceless tips and ideas from Linnea Johansson, one of New York City’s premier party planners. She's thrown over a thousand events big and small, from private affairs to celebrity blow-outs for stars like Jennifer Lopez, Donald Trump, Reese Witherspoon, Sean Combs, and Martha Stewart — and she’s ready to share the secrets to a successful party.

Each colorful page of this festive guide is stylishly shot and packed with invaluable advice for your next get-together. Johansson covers everything, from invitations to decorations, hors d'oeuvres to desserts, guest lists to gift bags. This updated second edition includes a brand-spanking-new chapter all about the bar, including some of the trendiest new drinks and one-of-a-kind concoctions you won’t find in any other book — from hot toddies to refreshing, boozy snow cones, there’s a drink here for any time of the year. 

Whether you’re looking to throw the perfect birthday bash, New Year’s Eve extravaganza, anniversary surprise party, or just a quiet dinner party with close friends, Perfect Parties offers everything you need to know — and then some. With hundreds of recipes, décor ideas, invitation innovations, and planning tips, your parties will soon be the talk of the town.

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Despite New York party planner Johansson's familiarity with planning lavish events, the ideas incorporated in this book are eminently doable by ordinary people with limited budgets and experience. The first half of the book is dedicated to the art of planning all aspects of a party: theme, timing, table settings and seating, etiquette, venue, budgeting, guest lists, and invitations. The second half covers four complete party types-cocktail, brunch, buffet, and dinner-and offers copious recipes for each. Full-page color photos of mouthwatering food and drinks and colorful table settings are generously interspersed throughout. Unique recipes, such as Rhubarb and Pear Pie with Gorgonzola and Chive Waffles with Horseradish Cream, are sophisticated yet easy to prepare. This work covers nearly everything a person would need to confidently plan a successful party. Different twists and turns on favorite cocktails are abundant, but the host or hostess will have to consult another source for imaginative nonalcoholic drinks. Recommended.
—Ann Weber

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781616088675
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/16/2012
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 978,081
  • Product dimensions: 10.30 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Linnea Johansson is a successful New York City party planner. Sarah Jessica Parker, Justin Timberlake, Nicole Kidman, and many other A-list celebrities have walked the red carpet to her parties.

Marcus Samuelsson is the youngest chef ever to receive a three-star restaurant review from The New York Times, and is the author of The Soul of a New Cuisine and Aquavit: The New Scandinavian Cuisine.

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