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In Style Parties (The Complete Guide to Easy, Elegant Entertaining) Hardcover – October 11, 2007


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: InStyle (October 11, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932994114
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932994117
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 1 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #152,821 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Detailed great ideas, colorful pictures for inspiration.
A. Johnston
I will use this book to get an idea for a party theme, and I'll look at the signature drink and music suggestions.
S. D. Fischer
I have many party and entertaining books, and this one is definitely my favorite.
Heather

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46 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Lee Mellott TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 22, 2005
Instyle's latest book "InStyle Parties (The Complete Guide to Easy, Elegant Entertaining), is a step by step guide to hosting your best party!

The 192 page hardcover, coffee table sized book (10x9x1/2)describes in detail the invitations, decor and menu for a variety of parties ranging from a backyard luau to a mediterranean dinner. Other parties include super bowl, afternoon spa, baby shower, birthday dinner, thanksgiving dinner and more. The super bowl party for example suggests a buffet menu that includes chili with turkey and white beans, sugar and spice pecans, tortilla chips with bean dip and an ice cream sundae dessert bar. Make the invites by writing on card stock glued on mini football pennants and decorate with mini plastic football players and goalposts. The book tells you exactly what to do from week to week to prepare for the party.

It also suggests modifications for each party. Don't feel like fixing food? Order a platter of preassembled gourmet deli sandwiches.

There are a lot of cute, novel ideas in the book. The holiday cocktail party has you crushing candy canes in martini glasses. Oscar night suggests sending invites in film canisters. The baby shower party would have you decorating with tea lights in baby food jars and serving goodies in silver baby cups with baby spoons.

The book serves as a launching pad for ideas. The spa party suggests you consider splurging on Swarovski crystal studded spa invites..well I am not likely to do that..but using this idea I might buy some crystals at a craft store and doctor up a another cute invite. The book does give some "over the top" ideas for parties but it also gives substitutes. It all depends on your budget and desire.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Joanna Daneman #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 20, 2005
I can't imagine someone getting married or starting out in an apartment or house and NOT having a copy of "In Style Parties" on their shelf. If you are looking for a housewarming present or a bridal gift, this is something you really should consider.

"In Style Parties" contains basic instructions for hosting anything from a baby shower to a cocktail party, Thankgiving Day feast or a Mediterranean-inspired evening. The chapters give day-by-day schedules (what to do three weeks, two weeks, day of, etc), full menus, shopping lists, what dishes you need. Simpler versions of each party are given to make it easy if you are short on time, funds or ambition.

One chapter includes how to stock a basic liquor shelf and how to make some popular cocktails like cosmopolitans, margaritas and martinis (hint, pour the vermouth over the ice in the shaker, then pour it out; the perfect dry martini.)

The food looked simple yet elegant and the photography makes you want to dive in and write those invitations. If you are uncomfortable entertaining and want to get started, this is for you. Highly recommended
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Heather VINE VOICE on February 19, 2006
This book is loaded with help and ideas, and will save even the most clueless host/hostess. You get tips for setting up your bar, decorations, and invitations. You get information about wines and beers. But the best part are the individual party ideas. There are cocktail parties and dinner parties. Holiday parties and unique theme parties. Each party comes with a schedule for planning ahead, so you don't have to do any mad scrambling around the day of the party. Each party comes with a unique "signature drink", so you can cut costs by just offering a signature drink, wine, and beer. There are recipies for each party and shortcut ideas if you don't have time or don't want to cook. There are also music ideas and decor ideas, in good detail, to really help you. No other entertaining book I've ever seen includes help with so many aspects of your party so well. And unlike most entertaining books, there's a resource section so you know where you can actually find the items featured in the parties (food, decor, etc.), so you don't see something you love but can't copy. (There is one problem, however, I've found some of their resources only sell wholesale and won't sell to you unless you have a reseller ID, which is really disappointing. They should have only included retail resources anyone can use.) Everyone who either entertains or likes to daydream about it should have this book - the ideas are unique and fabulous. I bought this book because I needed an idea for our wedding rehearsal dinner. Within 20 minutes of looking through the book I had a brilliant idea (there is no "rehearsal dinner", but I found a perfect theme party to use). I have many party and entertaining books, and this one is definitely my favorite. I love it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ibizahippie on February 28, 2009
I love InStyle and I particularly enjoyed the party planning section - I'm so bummed that they no longer have this!
I've been wanting this book for so long because I've enjoyed the tips in the magazine. The books covers tips on the basics (invitations, bar, food, table, decor, hostess), suggestions and ideas for themed parties and suggested resources. There are both illustrations and pictures of celebrities at parties - I didn't like it. Such a waste of space with celebrity photos covering several pages!
Lots of good basic advice on cocktails and wines, the cheese plate etc. Basic advice - but usually covered in every party planning book! The best part of this book are the theme party ideas. Lots of budget options and fun suggestions from colcr scheme, to snacks and decor. If you don't read InStyle this is a great book with useful tips and fun ideas, but if you have been reading InStyle and their party pages - there's no need for this book - there are some new ideas and suggestions for theme parties, but the best ones have all been featured in the magazine! No need for the book then!
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