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celebraTORI: Unleashing Your Inner Party Planner to Entertain Friends and Family Hardcover – April 3, 2012

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About the Author

Tori Spelling is an actress whose career spans theater, television, and film. She’s received critical praise for her work in such independent films as Trick and The House of Yes. She both starred in and executive produced the comedy series So NoTORIous on VH1 and the popular reality series Tori & Dean: Inn Love and Tori & Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood on Oxygen, and the current remake of Beverly Hills 90210. She lives with her family in Los Angeles.

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part one:

ESSENTIALS

The first step in planning any party is working out the five questions:

Who

What

When

Where

Why

You have to figure out these core elements before you get to the fun stuff.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery Books (April 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451627904
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451627909
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #480,144 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Ciaran TOP 500 REVIEWER on April 11, 2012
Format: Hardcover
*UPDATED*
(Note: I collaborated with my wife on this review.)

INTRO
Two parts memoir, one part entertaining manual, celebraTORI is the third book by Tori Spelling that I have been instructed to buy for my lovely wife. There is something about Tori Spelling that we both find appealing - for a woman growing up with stardom and fame lining every wall of her house (and there were many) she seems rather down to earth, and very approachable. My wife and I don't do a whole lot of entertaining (except our regular friends who come over for SNL, wine and cheese), but given our enjoyment of Tori's previous works, we figured it would be worth a read.

CONTENT
As others have mentioned, the content was a TINY bit lacking. There weren't as many relevant pictures or recipes/ideas as one might have expected from this genre, but on the other hand the pictures included were beautiful (I'm a professional photographer and was quite jealous), and the ideas innovative and helpful. There were a lot of anecdotes in the book, so if you are buying this for a list of ideas and not much else, you might be disappointed. According to my wife, the ideas that were in the book were very useful (or "cute" as she put it) and since she enjoys Tori's writing and reading about her life, the book was enjoyed nonetheless. We found the party themes included to be a little too "out there" for our tastes, but no points were taken off due to the subjective nature of party planning. What works for some, may not for others and I am sure that there are those of you who will love "Cowboys and Lace". I appreciated that she has a certain panache in her party-planning, without presenting ideas that would break the bank for the rest of us (she even has a whole section dedicated to budgeting).
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Ok I have to admit I love Tori (hence the title of my review). What I love about her latest book is how down to Earth she really is (reading her stories you would think she was the mom next door talking about party planning). She has some fantastic ideas on how to make your own party without spending a gagillion dollars (yes that is a real amount). Everything show is tastefully done and she even provides you with some recipes (amazingly enough yes this girl does cook). If you are someone, like myself, who needs beginner information on party planning and plenty of ideas then this book is for you (it comes complete with stories from Tori's everyday life, which is always humerous).
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I read the reviews before buying this book, and I thought to myself I'm 50/50 on this. But, after much debate, I bought it anyway. And....I'm so glad I did. It's a great party planning book. I found tons of tips, and great ideas.

I do agree with one of the reviwers that there is a lot of time spent telling Tori's story. I think we could have packed this with more information and ideas and made the intro briefer. But other than that - I loved it.
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Tori's book is nice. I think from her show it looked like there would be more photos and/or receipies. I think it needs more photos, more recipies, less chatter about her story. I purchased it for party ideas and how to. It's okay but certainly not my favorite "party book." I do love her show though.
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Review for "celebraTORI" by Tory Spelling

Tori's personality shines through in this book. She seems like such a sweet person to have as a friend.

To sum up her book in a sentence:
THE BEST AND MOST MEMORABLE PARTIES ARE THE ONES THAT HAVE A PERSONAL ELEMENT THAT RESONATES WITH BOTH THE GUESTS AND THE HOST.

OVERVIEW OF SOME OF THE THINGS SHE COVERS IN HER BOOK:
Part 1) ESSENTIALS:
Who: decide on the guest list - who to invite and who not to invite, kids or no kids; Intimate party (less than 15 guests), Medium (15-30), Blowout (more than 30 guests)
What: Seize the day, make it a celebration
When: Choose the time of the party: Brunch (11-1), Lunch, Afternoon (3 or4 pm), Cocktails (6 or 7 pm) , Dinner (an hour later), etc.
Where: Place or venue choices
Why: Pick an occasion: birthday, holiday, achievement, etc.
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I bought this book for some party planning ideas and tips, and it is chocked full with great ideas! It also proved to be a great coffee table book too...when I have people over they love thumbing through it and looking at the pictures, and getting ideas themselves, which then almost always sparks a conversation in-and-of-itself. It's a great buy!
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