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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Ryland Peters & Small (June 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845979540
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845979546
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 8.6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,291,891 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"I have used Mark's Garden for flowers arrangements for over a decade, and they never get old or predictable. They absolutely raised the bar and started a new revolution in their field." (Lisa Marie Presley ) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Mark Held and Richard David began Mark's Garden in Los Angeles in 1993. The Financial Times has recognized them as one of the most outstanding florists in the world. Their ground-breaking events decor has included celebrity weddings and private parties including, for the past 14 years, The Academy Awards Governor's Ball.<br /><br />Peggy Dark grew up in a family of devoted cooks of the "old school" variety. She worked as a food stylist and spent many years offering cooking classes in Pasadena before founding The Kitchen in 1984. The shop on Colorado Boulevard opened for business in 1984, and it has since emerged as one of the premier catering firms in Los Angeles.

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Customer Reviews

Fabulous Parties is a lovely book.
Kellen Noah
The creative and artfully done floral displays and table settings are inspiring.
Sediklah
The recipes are simply delicious and very easy to make.
N. Brown

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Sediklah on April 5, 2008
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Fabulous Parties is indeed fabulous. The entire book is a work of art. I just love leafing through the pages and looking at the many beautiful images. This book is pretty enough to sit on my coffee table, yet practical enough to use as a reference guide for elegant entertaining. It shows how to create the appropriate theme for that special occasion. The creative and artfully done floral displays and table settings are inspiring. The floral and food combinations can each stand alone as a work of art; when put together, they are magnificent. The colorful images are presented alongside the appropriate menus to create the whole picture. I look forward to trying the many delectable, yet easy to follow, recipes. I can't wait to show my friends how special THEY are when they come to one of MY fabulous parties.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Cookbookcollector on January 22, 2009
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The authors may indeed be well-known and their talents well-loved, but for me I ended up returning the book. I found their table settings way too over the top and way too difficult for the average person (even an above average person) to replicate. And one-third of the table settings were too tall (some rather ridiculously so) for seated guests to see each other around. And as far as inspiring I wasn't happy with the photography, it seemed off somehow. The enjoyment of their style or lack thereof in my case, is just a matter of taste, and mine happens to run the other direction. It reminds me of scrapbooks and photographs- while they may be beautiful the people/photos can get lost amid too much artwork and the same for this book, the flowers, food and place settings get lost among all the clors, glamour and abundance.It does include a lot of delicious sounding recipes.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sylvia Dunbeck on April 15, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I dont get to buy many Party Books, but this one caught my eye immediately so I "went for it". Oh, I was so NOT disappointed. It is so, so beautiful. I am going to buy a couple more for my friends who love parties and flowers. I am also going to do some of those recipes which I feel will be great hits. While I might aspire to some of those fabulous flower arrangements, if I can't do them, that's okay.....the spirit is there and I am excited by the ideas. In short, it's a beautiful, helpful book.....I love it....and that luscious cover even makes my coffee table look very oooh la la.!!!! Thanks Peggy, Richard, Mark....whoever you are! signed sylvia dunbeck ps...can you do my next party for me???????
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By L.V. on December 14, 2009
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
EVERY TIME I LOOK AT THIS BOOK I SEE SOMETHING NEW.
I HAD TO CHECK THIS BOOK OUT BECAUSE SOUTHERN
ACCENTS MAGAZINE REVIEWED IT, AND RECOMMENDED
IT. THEY WILL BE MISSED BECAUSE THEY DON'T APPLAUD
EVERY ENTERTAINMENT BOOK OUT THERE. GREAT IDEAS,
AND RECIPES. I FEEL THIS BOOK IS TIMELESS. I DON'T
UNDERSTAND THE OTHER REVIEWS ABOUT "OUT OF DATE"?

THIS IS A BOOK YOU WILL COME BACK TO OVER AND
OVER AGAIN. NOT JUST BEAUTIFUL PICTURES, GREAT
RECIPES, BUT WONDERFUL IDEAS, FOR BOTH INSIDE,
AND OUTSIDE. I'M KEEPING MY COPY, AND GIVING
MORE FOR GIFTS. IF YOU LIKE BEAUTIFUL THINGS,
AND ARE NOT INTO THAT MINIMALIST NOTHING ON
THE TABLE LOOK, YOU WILL ADORE THIS BOOK. IT'S
A GREAT RESOURCE. CHEERS!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By N. Brown on March 25, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Friends who know that I love to entertain gave me this book - Fabulous Parties! This is one of the best books I have in my personal collection. The recipes are simply delicious and very easy to make. The floral arrangements provided me with a lot of inspiration about how to create my own stylish centerpieces. Knowing that Mark Held, Richard David and Peggy Dark have created gourmet menus and event decor for numerous Hollywood stars, well, I was just thrilled with all their advice! Fabulous Parties is the best present for people like me to love to entertain or for folks who are interested in learning about the art of floral design. This book is easy to follow and is a treasure trove of usable information. Fabulous Parties is the perfect gift for birthdays, weddings, Mother's Day or anyone who wants to learn how to host an incredible event! Cheers!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tricia Tang on July 28, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I have many books on the subject of entertainment and parties, and this book is simpily fabulous.The photgraphs are simply sumptuous and the recipes absolutely user friendly.
The pages are with filled wonderful witty recipes and the creations are out of this world.
I have bought this book as gifts for my friends and all enjoy it tremendously.
It is a terrific gift for all those who enjoy friends, parties and beautiful things..
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ccc on May 26, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I love a good cookbook especially with lots of fabulous photos! This is a great book. The recipes make your mouth water and are easy enough you may actually make them (as opposed to the "too fancy" books with pretty pictures but long laborious creations). The photos are beautiful as well. If you love entertaining, or just to fancy things up for your family sometimes, this book will inspire you with food & decor.
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By D. Schaffer on April 15, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I have given copies of Fabulous Parties to several friends as gifts, and they all loved them so much that they each went out and bought a couple copies to give as gifts themselves. It is a beautiful book that is nice enough for the coffee table, with great photos and fun to read. There are ideas for party themes, great receipes, floral tips, table settings and ideas on every page. Several friends are planning on using it for our upcoming Cinco de Mayo party.

D. Schaffer
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