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Real Simple: Celebrations Hardcover – October 24, 2006
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In this book you will find lots of unique ideas to make your occasion more fun. Even though I have read more than my share of women's magazines, holiday books etc. I found lots of ideas in the book I had never thought of!
The book covers 3 different types of Celebrations. The first section is on Annual Celebrations and includes Thanksgiving, A Holiday Open House and A New Year's Eve Potluck. The Occasional Celebrations section includes A Shower, Milestone Birthday and Summer Barbecue and the Anytime Celebrations Section includes a Cheese Party, Dinner Party and Dessert Party. Each of these celebrations can be adapted to other occasions.
Each Celebration is described in detail with information given on invitations, decorations and set up, the table, food and drink, activities, etiquette, and wrap up.
The book includes beautiful full color photographs a Real Simple trademark. Many yummy recipes are included from chunky guacamole for the Summer Barbecue to beef bourguignonne for the Dinner Party to Elephant Ear cookies for the Dessert Party.
One unique feature included in the 192 page book is the party planning wheel at the back of the book. Just dial the removable wheel to a food or beeverage item like wine, beer, cheese etc and it will tell you how much to stock for 6, 12 or 24 guests! A great feature!
Overall a terrific book to make entertaining fun and easy for your special celebrations!
that all said, this book left me underwhelmed. there are some solid ideas inside, but it felt a little too bland. the genius of real simple is that they are generally very good at showing you how to get a real "pop" out of simple ideas or activities. but the celebrations outlined in this book seemed to be missing that "pop" to me. some stuff, like the sections on etiquette or trouble-shooting were very strong. but i didn't see a lot of "oh wow!" simple ideas with bang.
personally i would recommend checking this out in your library or carefully at a bookstore before you decide to make an actual purchase. it's not quite up to the usual standard, IMHO.
After recently purchasing my own copy and enjoying it so much, I'm returning to purchase additional copies for special friends who also like to "celebrate" life.
The book is divided into 3 celebration sections: Annual Celebrations (holidays), Occasional Celebrations (shower, BBQ, Birthday) and Anytime Celebrations (Cheese Party, Dinner Party & Dessert Party). What is awesome about this book is that it takes you through the ENTIRE planning process from when to send out invites and also an example of an invite, to the seating charts, decoration ideas, when to start preparing for the party in days prior, a sample menu and recipes for the party, even games for the party. They even go into detail such as which kind of utensils or platters you might need/want, how much to make for a crowd of a certain size, etitquette questions and even clean up and wrap up suggestions. I don't think there's anything this book has not thought of or included! I love it, and my sister borrows it every chance she gets.
My favorite part about this book is that there are SIMPLE and EASY tips for those of us who aren't professionals or naturals at entertaining (yet)! There's actually recipes I could make and not pull my hair out, as well as party favors, invites, decorations I could see myself using. That is a rare find when often many books go to the other side with way too elaborate planning ideas. Not to mention, the 4 color pictures in this book are gorgeous and the instructions/tips included are easy to understand. This is a great book for anyone who likes to entertain, or who would like to make entertaining simpler, easier and their parties a bit more unique and fun!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I like that there were menu, activity and decor ideas and not just pictures.Published 1 day ago by Sandra Garth
good ideas for parties and celebrations- decorations and other ideas. like all of the best ideas from real simple in one book!Published on May 20, 2013 by Laura Podlich
This is a great reference book that is surely going to stay on your self, if not one of your friends who will ask to borrow it for their special eventPublished on April 7, 2013 by Sheryl
When I ordered the book, I thought it was something new. I had already purchased the blue-covered paperback "Celebrations" several years ago. Read morePublished on February 19, 2013 by C. Phillips
This book is fantastic. I ordered it a couple of weeks ago and have read it cover to cover. Every single page has one fantastic idea after another. Read morePublished on January 5, 2012 by Laurie J. Ise
Great book with great tips on throwing wonderful parties. Great recipes and tips on decor and activities. Wish the Real Simple Magazine was this useful; now it's chock full of ads. Read morePublished on May 8, 2011 by turandot82
Great book and also Great because I bought it used and it was in really good conditions!!! like a new one.Published on March 29, 2011 by AND
This beautiful book does a great job of presenting nine fun party ideas. Nice touches like a ribbon book mark, and a "party by numbers" wheel that tells you how much an an item to... Read morePublished on February 22, 2011 by Bi-Mia C. Reid