The Swell Dressed Partyby Cynthia Rowley, Ilene Rosenzweig
The bestselling authors of Swell: A Girl's Guide to the Good Life, Home Swell Home: Designing Your Dream Pad, and Swell Holiday: Turning Up the Twinkle have delighted readers with their groundbreaking manuals on style and decor. Now Cynthia Rowley and Ilene Rosenzweig bring you The Swell Dress Party, a bubbly bible for the modern hostess.
With their fun-loving spirit and entertaining expertise, they serve up ideas for memorable affairs that are easy to execute, don't leave you exhausted, and allow you to achieve the ultimate hostess goal -- to be a guest at your own party.
This day-to-night guide brings a much-needed dose of realism to fabulous entertaining. The confident hostess makes the most of what she's got, mixing homemade with store-bought, pairing her best crystal flutes with last minute Polaroid placecards, and knowing it's important to keep the conversation as sparkling as the champagne.
"Part Dressing" is a new approach to great entertaining that relies on playfulness, not perfectionism. Over twenty parties in this book combine recipes that deliver wow factor without requiring a culinary PH.D., and anecdotes from Rowley and Rosenzweig's party career. They show how to bring friends and family together for high-style good times without spending an obscene amout of time or blowing a wad of dough.
The Swell motto is: Minimize effort and maximize fun. Great hostessing is about setting a mood as much as making sure people get enough to eat and drink. A Swell party is like the perfect black dress glammed up with little accessories that make a big impact.
Double-duty favors that bring an activity to the party, like sketchbooks and charcoals at everyy place setting.
Iced gel-eye masks and Tylenol for a Hangover Brunch.
Filling the pool with blow-up ducks as an aquatic centerpiece.
The No-Time-for-Dinner Party, ordering in every course, from MacDonald's fries to steakhouse sirloins, and making an event of every delivery.
Turning Games Night or Must-See TV into a weekly ritual of three-martini playdates.
Keeping the cupboard stocked for chic-and-easy bar snack and canapes for the impromptu cocktails.
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The ideas are not original and i read in an article that the 'no time for dinner' party was actually used in the first book also. Why would they feature the same party twice and act like its an original idea?? It also seemed a bit un-organized. I suggest buying something else or buy it on ebay in a month for 99cents...