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About the Author

Karen Bussen is a well-known New York–based wedding planner and the author of five books in STC’s "Simple Stunning" wedding series. She has been featured on Inside Edition and other TV programs, and she was the cooking and entertaining expert on the DIY Network’s Home Made Easy.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Stewart, Tabori and Chang (May 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 158479674X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1584796749
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 1 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #132,703 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By S. Chokshi on April 24, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This book is one of my favorites in Bussen's Simple Stunning series. I have almost all of them but this parties book is the best! The recipes are easy and the ones I've tried are delicious and each party idea is original and so creative. And the book itself is just beautiful to have on your shelf or coffee table. Highly recommend it!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Julie W. Snyder on September 6, 2010
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This is one fantastic book. My husband and I love to entertain at our cottage in the summer and I have used many ideas from this book. We enjoy theme-style get-togethers and I try and do tablescapes that compliment the menu and the theme. The author's ideas are unique yet simple and it is very easy to create your own versions of her parties.

My daughter made her "Bath Crystals" recipe for gifts last December in some Ikea glass jars. What a hit! The salts were wonderful house and hostess gifts. I fully intend to pick up her other books because I have been so impressed with this one.

A quick glance through this book will inspire anyone who wants to set a gracious table and have a fun gathering. You don't need expensive items to create a table that is a conversation starter and lets the guests know that they were invited to a "special event".

This book would be a great housewarming and/or shower gift. Newlyweds will love the parties from football to oriental themes, it's a NOW book.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Rich C on May 21, 2009
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I am a huge fan of Karen Bussen's work and this book is a great addition to her library of Simple Stunning volumes. Simple Stunning Parties at Home offers loads of super clever--and practical--tips with great, vivid photos and a writing style that hooks you at the first sentence. This is an invaluable book to have on your self! If this book doesn't get you in the mood to throw a party, I don't know what will.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Happy Fella on December 29, 2011
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Very creative ideas and delicious recipes in this book. A great gift for anyone who likes to entertain with flair. Beautiful color photos too! Had to order it twice though, as the first book arrived damaged. But Amazon resolved it courteously and promptly.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By M. Borzacchiello on May 14, 2009
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I am inspired to send out the invitations again! Karen Bussen is creative, thoughtful and inspiring. Her ideas make me want to entertain and give me simple, effective ways to create amazing experiences for my family and friends without overwhelming myself with a tremendous amount of work. Karen's approach makes each one of her books better than the last. Simple Stunning Parties is sure to top the best seller list!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Nina Rao on May 6, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I've been following Bussen's line of books since her first release, Simple Stunning Weddings. Like the others, this book is full of beautiful pictures and decorating ideas. I especially love all of the creative ideas she presents for place-settings! This is a must-have for those of you who enjoy social gatherings in the home.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Anand Shah on April 30, 2009
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Bussen ceases to amaze one more time with her latest. The recipes are very easy to follow and taste great. It is full of so many wonderful ideas for elegant affairs at the home. I can't wait for the next Simply Stunning... Two thumbs up!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Diane M. Schuller on May 29, 2013
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I really appreciate how the book is organized so you can plan a themed or perhaps a holiday party, for example, and she provides everything you need to plan for. She provides alternatives and tips for each scenario which is really helpful in some cases. I tend not to follow things like this to the letter but it's still great inspiration for someone like me.

I also appreciate that she has all the recipes at the back of the book for the suggested party ideas. In one case she actually tells you in a very simple manner how to turn one of the appy parties into a dinner party using the same foods but simply changing the amount or how it's served.

Something she dedicates a chapter to is hostess gifts -- both receiving them and giving them. I tend to think hostess gifts are VERY important and am delighted to finally see a book that includes this important aspect.

Whether you're someone who wants the entire party spelled out in an easy how-to or you simply want some ideas for inspiration, this is one book that fits the bill.
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