From Publishers Weekly
"If you want to whip your house into shape or even just get the place clean, throw a party!" That's the premise behind Coelho's second book, a fun volume devoted to domestic makeovers for entertaining. Following an introductory chapter with eight "easy" steps for getting a place party-ready in a day or less, Coelho focuses on preparing four spaces commonly used for company (living room, dining room, patio and lawn) with three different themes in mind. Coehlo's eight steps-from thinking about the occasion to styling the food and table-are designed to be accomplished in one day, though certain steps require ongoing attention. For instance, step 4 involves creating a style board; the author suggests "pasting, tacking, or sticking small items to the board that have inspired your style. These may include fabric swatches, small ornaments or accessories, paint samples, tear sheets from magazines, pictures from your Style File, and recipes and food photos that can fan the creative flame." In other words, it's not so easy. But the themes, such as a star-spangled summer celebration on the patio, are imaginative and the results-for anyone with time to follow through-will likely be beautiful.
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Is it a cookbook, decorating tome, or a crafts manual? A little of each, as self-proclaimed stylist Coelho follows her first book, Susie Coelho's Everyday Styling
(2002), in preparing for parties and gatherings of more than one person. The subtitle seems a bit daunting--and scary as well. After all, how much work/time is involved in making over four "rooms"--lawn, patio, and living and dining rooms? Quicker than you can say "Martha Stewart," Coelho first explains her eight-step process, then creates a dozen different entertaining scenarios, from vintage romance to champagne wedding. And, yes, each features instructions, craft ideas and directions, plus fairly simple recipes. Asian Fusion, for instance, teaches the art of Japanese paper collage combined with Vietnamese spring rolls. At Christmas, there's a how-to guide on fashioning the perfect pom-pom accompanied by a recipe for ricotta pancakes with honeycomb and banana. Two-dozen-plus recipes and easy-to-follow one-day fabrication instructions make for some unusual and inexpensive parties. Barbara JacobsCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved