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Celebrate: A Year of Festivities for Families and Friends Hardcover – October 30, 2012
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Given her low profile prior to the royal wedding, Celebrate could be viewed as a premature effort. However, she's not the first person to jump on the bandwagon of her own notoriety nor will she be the last. To Pippa's credit, she acknowledges this in the introduction to Celebrate. She has the opportunity and she's taking advantage of it. By admitting this she makes it redundant for those who scoff at her efforts. Now who is being unoriginal?
Several reviews for this book have criticized Pippa for stating the obvious: 'ice goes great with drinks', 'a turkey at Christmas time is good for large gatherings'. Yes, it's true but let's be honest, even Martha Stewart falls back on 'Pumpkins add to the festive atmosphere of Halloween', 'Hearts make perfect Valentines' and 'Easter egg hunts are fun'. What Pippa does add to the field is her youth. Like her sister, she makes going the extra mile fashionable. Thus giving twenty-somethings options other than beer, wine, tortilla chips and brie cheese trays for their own parties.
Divided by seasons, Pippa presents crafts, recipes, nostalgic/traditional games and charming tidbits of trivia appropriate to the occasion. She also offers small glimpses into how her family celebrated events like Easter and Mothers Day.Read more ›
Unfortunately, the book is bloated, with equal weight given to the mundane and the interesting. I understand that Pippa wanted to publish an accessible book, but it's almost never a good idea to talk down to the reader. Martha Stewart gets away with it because she's Martha Stewart; i.e., she has good reason to assume her readers can't live up to her example. In Pippa's case, I don't get it. Bobbing for apples, capture the flag, turkey for Christmas?
If I were editing the book, I'd suggest the following organization within sections:
* First, a simple list of the traditional British ways of doing things, without the play by play of every familiar game, decoration, or menu item. We can cut out paper hearts for Valentines and apply glitter without instructions, thanks.
* Full instructions for original/unusual ideas only. These are good as is but get lost among pages of "tie balloons to chairs and hang streamers."
* A feature on events that Pippa actually made special. In her Guardian article, she mentioned throwing a white-clothing-only party, a Scandinavian-themed party, and others. Why aren't those in the book? We want to read about how she *actually* parties, not how she wants the little people, I mean readers, to party.
* A smattering of only the most special and personal recipes. This is the Internet age after all. Does Nigella Lawson or Ina Garten already supply a recipe for it? Free? Online?Read more ›
This purpose of this book is to help a host plan a fun and thoughtful event for a small group of close friends. This book is not a blueprint for multi million dollar events, and it is clearly presented to be no such book. It is, however, my new go-to reference for any seasonal gathering I host.
One major benefit of this book is that is considers both children's and adult's activities ideas. Since most families consist of members ranging in age, it is very appropriate for family party planning.
Everything from the photography to the paper choice has been carefully curated in this book. Excellent book, I can't wait for a follow-up from Ms. Middleton.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is an AWESOME book regardless of how others may interpret it. Sure it contains common tips, but sometimes the 'common' ones are overlooked because we have a tendency at times... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Grace
This event planning book is full of inspiring ideas and great pictures. Well organized, lots of recipes, pictures and instructions on decorations/tablescapes, and good planning... Read morePublished 4 months ago by A
forget who she is ....this is a very ,very nice book
this would have been great if she had changed her name or connections I hope she sent Her majesty a copy!
I found this book refreshing and pleasant. I really have no idea why the media is so bent to tear down Pippa Middleton's efforts in hospitality- apparently an official degree in... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Shelley M.
Great book with lots of wonderful tips & ideas for entertaining and has beautiful pictures.Published 16 months ago by Allie
Beautiful book! I bought it on Amazon to reduce the cost ( nearly $50 in other stores) but after buying it and looking at it, I understand why it costs so much and I'd you can... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Lizzie Gaskins
I admit to buying this book because the author is the sister of the Duchess of Cambridge. I was quite pleased with the purchase. It is very well done for a first effort. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Kathy Edens
'Celebrate' was certainly lovely to read. As someone who is in their mid-twenties, I found this book to be helpful, entertaining, and exciting. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Natalie