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A Passion for Parties: Your Guide to Elegant Entertaining Hardcover


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster (September 18, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743202287
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743202282
  • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 8.2 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #158,189 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review

With a client list that ranges from corporate heavyweights Morgan Stanley and Marriott Hotels to style-setters Tommy Hilfiger and Kenneth Cole to Elton John and the Prince of Wales, David Tutera's party-planning prowess is indisputable. A Passion for Parties, his first book, reveals the secrets of the Tutera touch, so now partiers of all stripes can benefit from his decadent aesthetic. In 10 chapters that cover everything from choosing the date and the invitation to design concepts and the icing on the cake, Tutera distills his years of creating gloriously unrestrained events into practical advice for artful entertaining.

Whether planning an intimate dinner for four, a formal wedding, a New Year's Eve gala, or a Memorial Day clambake, the key to a successful party is, of course, passion. Tutera addresses the basics of organizing and hosting various types of parties, and throughout shares colorful anecdotes and "Tutera Tips" that vary from the obvious ("If you use open flame candles, make sure you keep the flame away from flowers, tablecloths, and other flammable materials") to the conscientious ("Leftover food from your event can be donated to a local homeless shelter soup kitchen"). Menu ideas, flower arrangements, table settings, and more are discussed in detail, and photographs from Tutera's occasions demonstrate his special flair and provide plenty of inspiration. If Martha's too New England and Colin Cowie too L.A., Tutera's touch could be just right for you. --Rebecca Wright

About the Author

David Tutera is one of the biggest names in the wedding industry, renowned for his wedding design and production firm that has catered to the bridal needs of celebrities like Star Jones and Antonio Pierce of the New York Giants.  And, while not for weddings, David Tutera has also counted Jennifer Lopez, Matthew McConaughey, Elton John, and Barbara Walters as satisfied customers. David will debut his own line of wedding dresses in Fall 2009 at bridal retail stores and boutiques nationwide. Additionally, “Disney’s Couture Wedding Collection by David Tutera” is a line of four wedding decor packages designed for Walt Disney World and Disneyland in California. David has been featured as a wedding expert on several television shows, including The Tyra Banks Show, The Bonnie Hunt Show, The View, TBS’s Movie and a Makeover, Good Morning America, The Today Show, and Fox and Friends. David is often featured in magazines and in printed publications, from Town and Country to The New York Times, Redbook, Cosmopolitan, and more.  

Laura Morton is the author of twenty-three books and has written seven New York Times bestsellers, including books with Melissa Etheridge, Joan Lunden, and Marilu Henner.

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Class and Elegance with a human touch - great job!
Randall S. Swope
Through his most helpful trade secrets and best tips, David Tutera showed me that I don't have to spend a lot of money in order to throw a great party.
"trish987"
Tutera makes parties seem not only like a celebration, but also an adventure like that experienced in Oscar Winning Films.
Randy

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 12, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I usually do not review items, but this book, A Passion for Parties, I felt I had to. I saw David on "The View" several times and decided to order his book. I am sure glad I did.
This is one book I have absolutely enjoyed from page 1. David gives great advice for planning an event. He covers all the finest details on throwing a party from invites right down to how much liquor to order according to your guest count.
He also adds humorous stories from his experiences in the industry and very informative tips throughout the length of the book.
I recommend this book highly to anyone who throws a party. I can only hope that Mr. Tutera is working on another book to keep me updated on the latest trends.
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37 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Julie G on August 4, 2002
Format: Hardcover
i was quite disappointed. i had hoped for a few things i could incorporate into my own party giving. but i consider it to be a guide to working with a party planner. no recipes, no how tos. for instance the section on music suggest that you ask the DJ for a list of the types of parties he's worked. i'd prefer a list from david of the best jazz cds to serve at brunch.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 16, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I expected a book on how to plan your own parties, nice doable tips - not at all what this book is about. If you want tips on hiring a party planner or other party services, this is for you. If you like to do things yourself, ie. cook, plan, decorate, look elsewhere.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By "trish987" on January 23, 2002
Format: Hardcover
After checking out Entertaining Expert to the Stars, David Tutera on the TV show "The View," I knew that I had to buy his book! David first book is not only a stylish volume that has a permanent place on my coffee table but it is a practical handbook filled with gorgeous photos and sensible advice.
Through his most helpful trade secrets and best tips, David Tutera showed me that I don't have to spend a lot of money in order to throw a great party.
The Rolling Stones, Tommy Hilfiger, Elton John and the Prince of Wales all have hired David to produce spectacular events. Now I know who to call!
Packed with invaluable wisdom, A PASSION FOR PARTIES is sure to become the definitive entertainment bible. I highly reccomend this book to everyone.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 29, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Being heavily involved in producing large events, I would have expected a much better book. The ideas offered were mediocre at best. Better you focus on decor ideas by companies such as Avi Adler or Preston Bailey (their work is of better quality) and consult real caterers for food. Both Avi & Preston are much more creative and versatile than anything offered in this book. I can tell you this from first hand experience.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 13, 2002
Format: Hardcover
A Passion for Parties by David Tutera is the best entertaining guide I've come across in years. I LOVE to throw parties and David's ideas are not only current and innovative, they're easy to throw together. I love the fact that so many of the suggestions are affordable.
Additionally, the photos througout the book are spectacular! It's no wonder David has such a loyal celebrity following.
I highly recommend this book for anyone who loves throwing or attending a suberb party. One of the best features are the Tutera tips, where David outlines his trade secrets, written in a way that a anyone can understand.
It's a MUST HAVE!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 13, 2002
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If you're looking for a book that lays everything out for you, from menu details and what wine goes with what meal, this isn't the book for you. However, if you want to learn about the aspects of THROWING A PARTY - regardless of size, elegance and theme - this book will give you great guidelines; wonderful tips; inspiration and clear, concise information to help you to make the most out of any type of event you want to plan. Truly a book for those who already have their creative juices flowing and just want or need some guidance and direction; presented in a clear and whimsical style that is not only helpful, but a delight to read.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 14, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I was given a Passion for Parties as a gift and thought it was great. It has really beautiful color photos and the instructions are actually easy to follow. I like that Tutera outlines every aspect of throwing a party, outside of the obvious (like the food) he also discusses the importance of the invitations, the lighting and the music. This book is really helpful because I feel his "Tutera tips" are all very do-able. Since I have now given this book to all of my girlfriends, I would certainly recommend it to anyone who likes to have gatherings or throw parties.
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