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Best Books for Party Planning August 9, 2010

Filed under: Planning — brilliantbash @ EDT

The best books about entertaining include a wide variety of photos, detailed recipes for recommended party feasts, and step-by-step instructions for innovative crafts and DIY projects.

Two such fabulous books are Entertaining Simple by Matthew Mead and InStyle Parties from the editors of InStyle magazine.

Entertaining Simple by Matthew Mead

InStyle Parties by the editors of InStyle Magazine

Entertaining Simple opens with the key elements for your kitchen and explores how these elements can be used and reused in innovative ways (i.e. using votives as mini-vases or shot glasses; using a large vase as a punch bowl, etc.).  Each party idea and recipe includes a “simplify” option that makes the already fairly simple instructions even easier (and usually more affordable).  Love it!

InStyle Parties begins with party basics – how to choose the right wine or cheese; which glassware to use for which cocktail, etc., and then gets into the nitty gritty with fabulously complete party ideas.

Both books include a satisfying amount of photos, as well as very clear and simple instructions for the recipes and projects.  And they’re both so inspirational and creative!

Entertaining Simple – Notes from the publisher:

A beautifully illustrated guide to parties that are simply great-from a rising lifestyle and entertaining guru

With his popular book, articles, and design products, Matthew Mead is one of today’s leading experts on creative decorating and relaxed entertaining. Now, in his new book, Mead gives hosts all the know-how they need to entertain with confidence-without spending a lot of time or money.

Mead starts with the basics: the simple white tableware, clear glassware, and essential serving pieces everyone should have on hand for easy, laid-back entertaining. He then shows how, with a little imagination and very little money, hosts can dress up these plain table settings and create a stunning custom décor for any theme or occasion. To demonstrate how to put this simple entertaining philosophy into practice, Mead offers eight foolproof party plans, from a Lazy Day Brunch and a Summer Barbecue to a Good Spirits Cocktail Party and a Holiday Open House. For each sample party, Mead provides decorating ideas, serving suggestions, and delicious recipes-everything people need for a memorable, stress-free get-together. Throughout, more than 350 gorgeous color photographs by Quentin Bacon inspire readers and illustrate each party idea.

Complete with a comprehensive source guide as well as lots of practical tips on last-minute entertaining, stocking a bar, storage, linens and candles, and more, Entertaining Simple is simply indispensable for everyone who loves to entertain.

InStyle Parties – Notes from the publisher:

InStyle Parties: The Complete Guide to Easy, Elegant Entertaining is the one-stop guide to making every event stylish and personal, and it proves once and for all that entertaining at home can be easy, fabulous, and fun. Organized in three sections, the book includes:

* The basics of party preparation, including what to serve and how to create the perfect atmosphere

* Complete party guides for every occasion, from dinner parties for eight to cocktail parties for 30

* A listing of the country’s top resources for food, drink, and decor, from artisanal cheeses and exotic chocolates to flowers and flatware

With its elegant illustrations and vibrant images of celebrity-studded events, colorful drinks, luscious foods, and sophisticated decor, InStyle Parties puts the fun of parties first. This beautifully designed, all-purpose, indispensable guide shows readers how to think like a movie star while organizing like a caterer. The reward is in enjoying your own party as much as your guests. And InStyle Parties makes that a reality.

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