Many people can handle throwing a party for 8 or 10 people, but how many can successfully negotiate the trials of entertaining 25 or 50? Do It for Less! Parties has all the tools you need to plan efficiently and entertain flawlessly when cooking for a crowd. Packed with quantity recipes for 12, 25, 50, or 75 friends and family, this combination party cookbook, decorating guide, and entertaining primer shows today’s savvy hostess how to do it for less time and do it for less money without sacrificing one’s sanity or style.
The first half of the book focuses on the logistics of quantity cooking. It’s brimming with estimating guides, catering resources, and conversion charts that are useful for the professional caterer and home entertainer alike. The second half provides nine complete menus with 65 twice-tested, quantity recipes. All the menus include complete shopping lists in each quantity, a menu countdown, decoration ideas, and specific tips for shaving costs, time, and stress from your preparation schedule.
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About the Author
With more than 20 years experience and thousands of parties to her credit, Denise Vivaldo is unparalleled in the field of big-name catering and food styling. She has worked with the likes of Rachael Ray, Michael Chiarello, and Nigella Lawson, among many other heavy-hitters in the food world. She has cooked for all sorts of stars and dignitaries, from Bette Midler and Arnold Schwarzenegger to Prince Charles and President George H.W. Bush. She has catered the Academy Awards Governor's Ball, Los Angeles Magazine's Taste of LA, the Women in Film Tribute, and numerous post-premiere and wrap parties. Denise is the founder of Food Fanatics and the author of the bestselling How to Start a Home-Based Business, now in its 4th edition. She lives in Los Angeles.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Do It For Less! Parties; Tricks of the Trade From Professional Caterers’ Kitchens by Denise Vivaldo, Cindie Flanagan, Martha Hopkins, and Andy-Sheen Turner contains various ideas such as developing a party plan (pages 18 and 19) (involving cookie jars, themes such as elvis and friends , photographs, postcards, greeting cards, seashells, pictures, teapots trophies etc.), choosing good equipment (pages 98 and 99), ingredients for various recipes such as the Italian meatball lasagna (pages 120 and 121), tabbouleh salad(pg.152),Moroccan lamb tangine with honey and lemon (pg 153), and drinks such as apple cider glaze and Sangria (pages 214 and 215). There are celebrity testimonials from the back of the book such as from Suzanne Somers (apparently Denise Vivaldo catered her 55th birthday party) and from Stephanie Hirsch (assistant to the late Julia Child).
I love to throw a party and do a lot of events for our church. This book caught my eye at the library and I had to buy my own copy. She gives you overall information about set ups and planning. She covers the details without becoming boring. My favorite part of the book is the individual event section. She plans out a menu for several different events from Bridal showers to 4th of July picnics. At the beginning of each section she gives ideas for decor, invites, etc. The menu is listed along with each recipe. The icing on the cake is that she breaks down the recipe by quantity. No more refiguring the recipe and shopping list for your own party - you can choose from 12,25, 50, 75 or 100 people. And you have a complete shopping list to follow. This is a book I have gone back to over and over again for ideas, inspiration and recipes. I get rave reviews everytime I make one of the dishes. Whether you have one or ten parties a year, this is a great investment. No matter how seasoned you are, I don't believe you ever stop looking for inspiration or new ideas!!