Create exceptional parties with party-planning expert Courtney Whitmore, creator of Pizzazzerie.com. Tablescapes, tips, DIY crafts, beautiful color photos, and more than 50 recipes, in an easy-to-follow format, to inspire every hostess. Follow one party to a tee, or mix-and-match elements to create a unique affair all your own. Courtney provides how-to instructions for more than a dozen occasions, each complemented by a sample tablescape; decor tips; and three to six recipes covering appetizers, desserts, and drinks. Ring in the new year with a glittery New Year's Day Brunch; savor a bit of Parisian culture with a Crepe Cake and Sparkling Raspberry Cocktails; enjoy Spinach Tea Sandwiches and Lavender Fizz Cocktails at a Jane Austen-inspired Book Club Gathering; celebrate your favorite guy with Bacon and Pecan S'mores and Sriracha and Bourbon Wings; and don your best black-and-white apparel to enjoy Red Velvet Brownie Truffle Cakes and White Chocolate Martinis at a Black and White Masquerade Party. Absolute beginner hosts will find tons of tips and how-tos, as they're walked through practical steps to creating fabulous parties on a realistic budget. The seasoned host will discover unique details and new recipes to enhance their tablescapes all year long. Growing up in the South, Courtney Whitmore has always loved the art of presenting classic Southern foods with a modern twist and setting a tablescape with lots of pizzazz. She attended Vanderbilt University earning both a bachelors in communications and a masters in organizational leadership. In 2010, she left her full-time job as a career counselor to launch Pizzazzerie.com (pronounced piz.zazze.rie [pəˈzaz ərē]) to share entertaining inspiration and ideas with readers around the world. When she's not working on her next book, Courtney styles and creates content for publications and brands such as HGTV, Better Homes & Gardens, Target, Coca-Cola, Lindt Chocolate, Yoplait, Pepperidge Farm, Frontgate, and more to connect consumers with their products in an entertaining setting. She is also the author of three cookbooks: Push-Up Pops, Candy Making for Kids, and Frostings. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee, with her husband, daughter (commonly referred to as #babypizzazzerie), and Irish Setter (George). Phronsie Dial is a creative stylist and tablescape designer who works on brand partnerships and special projects for Pizzazzerie.com. Over the past two decades, she has created countless DIY party ideas and crafts for magazines and news outlets. She loves to throw parties that create lifelong memories and also happens to be one-half of this mother/daughter duo as Courtney's mom. Evin Krehbiel is the creative talent and energetic personality behind Evin Photography. Since 2005, Evin Photography has established itself as a highly sought after photography company in Nashville, Tennessee, and throughout the South. Evin is an ambitious entrepreneur as well as a loving wife to Luke, and mom to three beautiful children, Cohen, Kinzie, and Leyton.
Author: Courtney Whitmore
Publisher: Gibbs Smith
Release Date: 2017-08-08
Create exceptional parties with party-planning expert Courtney Whitmore, creator of Pizzazzerie.com. Tablescapes, tips, DIY crafts, beautiful color photos, and more than 50 recipes, in an easy-to-follow format, to inspire every hostess. Follow one party to a tee, or mix-and-match elements to create a unique affair all your own. Courtney provides how-to instructions for more than a dozen occasions, each complemented by a sample tablescape; décor tips; and three to six recipes covering appetizers, desserts, and drinks. Ring in the new year with a glittery New Year’s Day Brunch; savor a bit of Parisian culture with a Crepe Cake and Sparkling Raspberry Cocktails; enjoy Spinach Tea Sandwiches and Lavender Fizz Cocktails at a Jane Austen-inspired Book Club Gathering; celebrate your favorite guy with Bacon and Pecan S’mores and Sriracha and Bourbon Wings; and don your best black-and-white apparel to enjoy Red Velvet Brownie Truffle Cakes and White Chocolate Martinis at a Black and White Masquerade Party. Absolute beginner hosts will find tons of tips and how-tos, as they’re walked through practical steps to creating fabulous parties on a realistic budget. The seasoned host will discover unique details and new recipes to enhance their tablescapes all year long.
Author: Kimberly J. Schlegel Whitman
Publisher: Gibbs Smith
Release Date: 2009-09-01
In Tablescapes: Setting the Table with Style and Flair, socialite, high-end event planner, and consummate hostess Kimberly Schlegel Whitman shows how to set the stage for special-occasion meals by setting a beautifully creative table with flair and panache. Featuring some of the most exquisite china, silver, and crystal, Whitman shows how she develops decorating themes appropriate for any occasion-from sit-down dinners for a few guests or buffets for many, to bridal and baby showers, holiday dinners with the family, and al fresco parties at the beach. Personalized table coverings are one of her specialties, and this book has a plethora of ideas.
Author: Courtney Dial Whitmore
Publisher: Gibbs Smith
Release Date: 2012
Sweet additions for any party. A well-known stylist and writer in the field of party design and decor, Courtney Dial Whitmore knows what's hot! Capitalizing on the popular trend of push-up pops, Courtney's love of entertaining turns Push-Up Pops into the perfect party resource. These treats use the ordinary off-the-shelf clear plastic molds but transform them into frozen fruit Popsicles, cake and pudding parfaits, cupcakes and 40 other treats. These beautiful layers are sweet additions to any party! Courtney Dial Whitmore's expertise has been seen in HGTV.com, Pawsh Magazine, Nashville Lifestyles Magazine, Ladies Home Journal, AOL's DIY Life, Get Married Magazine, MarthaStewart.com, and more. In addition to designing everything from children's birthday celebrations to chic dinner parties, she is also a writer for several online food and lifestyle publications including SHE KNOWS, Hostess With the Mostess, and Tablespoon. She runs the popular website pizzazzerie.com and lives in Nashville, Tennessee.
Author: Courtney Dial Whitmore
Publisher: Gibbs Smith
Release Date: 2012-08-01
Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction
Candy Making for Kids is a creative and fun book full of easy-to-follow candy recipes for kids. From traditional favorites such as toffee and fudge to whimsical creations such as candy caterpillars and candy play-dough, kids of all ages will absolutely love these delicious and cute treats. Perfect for children’s parties, holiday parties, packaging up for friends, or simply enjoying at home, these recipe ideas are sure to become a family favorite!
"When the opportunity for celebrating knocks, answer the door and offer it some champagne!" says Karen Bussen. Author of the bestselling "Simple Stunning" wedding series, Bussen now directs her expert’s eye to a more intimate kind of festivity: the at-home party. Her simple stunning credo, though, remains the same: Create menus featuring wonderful ingredients in no-fuss, crowd-pleasing preparations; combine homemade and store-bought items in fresh, elegant presentations; tailor colors, tableware, and lighting for visual impact; and limit effort, expense, and waste. The book details 12 complete plans for four different kinds of parties—cocktail gatherings, casual suppers, formal dinners, and daytime get-togethers. Each plan includes food and drink menus (with recipes) as well as decor and music suggestions. Following Bussen’s advice, you’ll delight your guests while showcasing your personal style—which is what great parties are all about.
Author: Annette Joseph
Publisher: Rizzoli International Publications
Release Date: 2013
A Today Show and Better Homes and Gardens entertaining expert outlines how to host parties with an original flair, sharing a year's worth of step-by-step ideas for seasonally themed gatherings while providing recipes for such dishes as Cheese Puffs with Sage, Lemon Shrimp Risotto and Sweet and Sour Tuscan Kale.
Author: Thomas Nelson
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Release Date: 2018-03-06
Celebrations that show your love Create beautiful memories for your family and friends by stopping to celebrate life’s joyful moments. In this essential guide to entertaining, Katie Jacobs reveals her secrets for throwing fantastic parties for any occasion, from a casual backyard movie night to a lavish holiday party. Using Katie’s inspiring ideas and make-ahead tips, you will be so organized that you can minimize the fuss, enjoy the time, and celebrate too! Brimming with creative party themes for every season, inspiring décor ideas, and delicious recipes, So Much to Celebrate is the perfect book for anyone who appreciates good times, good food, and good celebrations. Katie Jacobsis a stylist for Reese Witherspoon’s lifestyle brand Draper James, Pottery Barn, and Beaufort Bonnet Company, among others. A fourth-generation Nashvillian, she’s been featured in Martha Stewart Living, Southern Living Weddings, Nashville Lifestyles as well as on Inspired By This, Fashionable Hostess, and The Scout Guide. Katie is also a photographer, graphic designer, and foodie. Learn more on Katie’s food and lifestyle blog, StylingMyEveryday.com.
Author: Tori Spelling
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Release Date: 2012-04-03
Genre: Crafts & Hobbies
“I love the puzzle of throwing special, chic parties with down-to-earth budgets, and lucky you, I’m psyched to share my secrets.” Tori Spelling planned her very first party (her own roller skate–themed birthday with a hot-pink- and-turquoise color scheme) at the age of eight, and she’s been hosting friends and family in her home ever since. She knows as well as anyone that “style” and “elegance” don’t often play well with “budget.” Well, with celebraTORI, she rolls up her sleeves and turns that notion on its head—expertly showing how creativity, passion, and smart planning are the secret ingredients for throwing a truly unforgettable bash on any “real world” budget. All it takes is a little elbow grease and a lot of imagination to transport your guests to another world as soon as they walk through the door. In this delightfully entertaining, must-have party companion, Tori shares all the tips and tricks she’s learned from her most successful soirees (and a few train wrecks). It’s like having your own personal party planner for a fraction of the cost! celebraTORI is not just instructional, it’s inspirational. Hosting an event is not about ticking to-dos off a list; it’s about turning an organic idea into a fun day you and your guests won’t forget—so much so that you just can’t wait to do it again . . . with a different theme, of course. Tori covers all the basics, from discovering new reasons to celebrate and choosing a concept, to decorating, creating flower arrangements, making refreshments, and building the corner-stone of any great party: the dessert table! The best part is that all of her suggestions, including her mouthwatering recipes, are 100 percent do-it-yourself. Filled with lots and lots of great advice, handy blueprints, and hilarious anecdotes, celebraTORI will be the most important guest at your next party. It’s the perfect foundation for taking life’s special occasions up a notch . . . or five. *** They say the devil’s in the details, but for me the details are heaven. Maybe an avid planner and host like me should say that in the course of the party I’m on a cloud of joy, but that would be a lie. Planning and preparing are my favorite parts of the process. Truth be told, when it comes to the actual parties, I’m a nervous wreck. But there is a moment of joy. Mine comes when I see the party come together. The guests are flowing through the space, tasting food, trying out any activities, having conversations with friends and strangers. And when I see someone take a bite of dessert, or try out a photo booth costume, or smile as they pick up a favor, well, that makes it all worth it. Creating a party. It’s my favorite thing to do, and I’m inviting you, as my guest, to join me in the festivities. I know we’re going to have fun. Come—discover your inner party planner! Love, Tori
THE ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO THROWING THE PERFECT PARTY—FROM ONE OF TODAY’S MOST SOUGHT-AFTER CATERERS. When A-listers want to host a standout event, they call New York caterer Mary Giuliani. Her motto? Eat. Drink. Play. Recover. She prefers a “simple yet special” approach to entertaining but still manages to make the ordinary extraordinary. Now Mary is sharing all her secrets, along with tried-and-true planning tips, inventive menus, whimsical recipes, and delicious stories—everything you need to know to get your ducks in a row—and your pigs in their blankets!—to stage the perfect party for a range of special occasions, including • New Year’s Eve: Banana Pancake Bites, Mini Kale and Fontina Breakfast Pies, and Champagne Jell-O • Game Day: MACO (Mac and Cheese Taco) with Guacamole, Banoffee Cream Pie in a Mug, and Beergaritas • Awards Season: Chicken Satay, Edamame Dumplings, and Easiest Champagne Drink Ever • Cinco de Mayo: Spicy Pigs, Sweet Quesadilla Bites, and Grapefruit-Jalapeño Margaritas • Thanksgiving: Turkey with Cranberry on Mini Pumpkin Muffins, Mashed Potato Popovers with Mozzarella, and Tipsy Turkey Martinis • Christmas: Mini Grilled Cheese with Fontina and OTTO Black Truffle Honey, Baked Italian Mini Doughnuts, and Italian Eggnog Each party theme comes with a festive Snacktivity that turns your favorite foods and toppings into an eye-popping set piece (think frittata bar, soup-sipping station, DIY grilled cheese party). Mary also offers up Big Stories to get the conversation flowing, a Party Calculator to plan how much to buy and prep per guest, and advice for stocking your Party Closet so you can quickly turn a casual drop-by into a fabulous time. Whether you host get-togethers once a week or once a year, this handy guide has all you need to eat, drink, and be, well, Mary. Praise for Mary Giuliani and The Cocktail Party “A handbook for living well and appreciating life with joyous abandon.”—Mario Batali, from the Foreword “When Mary Giuliani caters a party at your home, guests eat more, drink more, and linger longer, and when they do finally leave they ask for to-go bags. All-encompassing but never fussy, clever but never pretentious, Mary’s approach to food and entertaining is warm and familiar without ever sacrificing on quality and sophistication.”—Ariel Foxman, editorial director, InStyle “Mary pulls it all together with effortless panache, and all I can ever remember the next day—besides the fact that I drank too much—is how delicious everything was and how much fun I had. That is why I have her saved on my phone as ‘Party Expert.’”—Jonathan Van Meter, author and contributing editor, Vogue and New York From the Hardcover edition.
Fashion designer Lela Rose presents an inspiring manifesto for creative and stylish twenty-first-century entertaining. Known for her whimsical fashions, Lela Rose is also a popular and passionate hostess. From the spirited Couples' Cook-off to a kid-friendly "Primp Your Ride" bike picnic, to an elegant Silver-and-White Christmas dinner, in this book she presents dozens of creative ideas to inspire readers looking for a fresh take on entertaining. Rose's philosophy is simple: create your own occasions to create your own fun. The themes, colors, seasonality, and activities she concocts for each of her parties show you to how dazzle guests with simple yet unexpected touches. Modernize the traditional bridal shower with a refreshingly retro sewing circle. Turn a ladies' tea on its head by having girlfriends over for an afternoon tequila tasting. Celebrate your favorite cause by hosting a festive outdoor supper, like the one featured on a Brooklyn rooftop garden. Featuring unique ideas for decoration, recipes for cocktails and key dishes, and tips for throwing everything together in an easy and enjoyable way, Prêt-a-Party will be embraced by a new generation of hosts and hostesses seeking spirited and unconventional good times.
Author: Darcy Miller
Publisher: William Morrow Cookbooks
Release Date: 2016-10-25
Genre: Crafts & Hobbies
MAKE YOUR CELEBRATIONS MEMORABLE! Packed with planning strategy and original ideas, Celebrate Everything!, from recognized celebrations expert Darcy Miller, is the ultimate guide to making special occasions unforgettable. Darcy invites readers to dozens of parties she’s thrown, and shares hundreds of chic and cheerful ideas for ways to make a celebration personal. It’s a blueprint for making the best occasions in life even better, filled with fun ideas to inspire: everything from baby showers to birthday parties plus themes that turn any day into a celebration D.I.Y. craft projects and recipes insider sources and pro tips Darcy’s own inspirations
Author: Peter Callahan
Publisher: Clarkson Potter
Release Date: 2017
"Venerated caterer Peter Callahan is credited with inventing the mini bites that are ubiquitous at high-end gatherings. But his events go far beyond that. In Passed and Plated, Peter compiles his 30 plus years of entertaining experience into one practical guide for serving visually stunning and palate-electrifying food in new ways. He invites us into his world of whimsy and wit, sharing brand-new signature hors d'oeuvres and expanding his repertoire for the first time to offer ideas for tablescapes, buffets, seated dinners, and bars. Peter brilliantly breaks down his high-end serving style with simplifications and shortcuts, enabling home cooks and those just starting out in the business to put on the coolest of parties. Along with stories about and amazing re-creations of actual events, the 100 original party tricks and recipes in this book will help the reader set the scene for a beautiful, conversation-filled gathering every time"--