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Fabulous Parties Paperback – June 15, 2010

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"I have used Mark's Garden for flowers arrangements for over a decade, and they never get old or predictable. They absolutely raised the bar and started a new revolution in their field." (Lisa Marie Presley ) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Mark Held and Richard David began Mark's Garden in Los Angeles in 1993. The Financial Times has recognized them as one of the most outstanding florists in the world. Their ground-breaking events decor has included celebrity weddings and private parties including, for the past 14 years, The Academy Awards Governor's Ball.<br /><br />Peggy Dark grew up in a family of devoted cooks of the "old school" variety. She worked as a food stylist and spent many years offering cooking classes in Pasadena before founding The Kitchen in 1984. The shop on Colorado Boulevard opened for business in 1984, and it has since emerged as one of the premier catering firms in Los Angeles.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Ryland Peters & Small (June 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845979540
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845979546
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 8.6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,933,688 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Fabulous Parties is indeed fabulous. The entire book is a work of art. I just love leafing through the pages and looking at the many beautiful images. This book is pretty enough to sit on my coffee table, yet practical enough to use as a reference guide for elegant entertaining. It shows how to create the appropriate theme for that special occasion. The creative and artfully done floral displays and table settings are inspiring. The floral and food combinations can each stand alone as a work of art; when put together, they are magnificent. The colorful images are presented alongside the appropriate menus to create the whole picture. I look forward to trying the many delectable, yet easy to follow, recipes. I can't wait to show my friends how special THEY are when they come to one of MY fabulous parties.
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The authors may indeed be well-known and their talents well-loved, but for me I ended up returning the book. I found their table settings way too over the top and way too difficult for the average person (even an above average person) to replicate. And one-third of the table settings were too tall (some rather ridiculously so) for seated guests to see each other around. And as far as inspiring I wasn't happy with the photography, it seemed off somehow. The enjoyment of their style or lack thereof in my case, is just a matter of taste, and mine happens to run the other direction. It reminds me of scrapbooks and photographs- while they may be beautiful the people/photos can get lost amid too much artwork and the same for this book, the flowers, food and place settings get lost among all the clors, glamour and abundance.It does include a lot of delicious sounding recipes.
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Tried many of the recipes, and they are delicious and impressive. Surprisingly, they are not difficult.
The flowers and table settings are very elegant and were much admired by my friends when I duplicated them (or tried to).
And, the photography is so well done that I had to stop and go through the book as soon as it arrived.
So pleased with this addition to my collection.
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Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Fabulous Parties is a stunning book full of gorgeous colorful photos and clever themes for any style of party you might want to create. The recipes are terrific and not too difficult. The food and cocktails along with those spectacular decorations and flowers will no doubt wow your guests. If you enjoy entertaining with style you must buy this book. Even professional party organizers and caterers could probably find some ideas in this book. I can't wait to make my next party. I will definitely be using some of the ideas I've found here.
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Format: Hardcover
I dont get to buy many Party Books, but this one caught my eye immediately so I "went for it". Oh, I was so NOT disappointed. It is so, so beautiful. I am going to buy a couple more for my friends who love parties and flowers. I am also going to do some of those recipes which I feel will be great hits. While I might aspire to some of those fabulous flower arrangements, if I can't do them, that's okay.....the spirit is there and I am excited by the ideas. In short, it's a beautiful, helpful book.....I love it....and that luscious cover even makes my coffee table look very oooh la la.!!!! Thanks Peggy, Richard, Mark....whoever you are! signed sylvia dunbeck ps...can you do my next party for me???????
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Filled with plenty of beautiful photos and recipes. Each themed party is easy to replicate. I would very much recommend this book to anyone wanting to impress even the most discerning guest with the most delicious menus and the most amazing decorations. LOVE this book
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EVERY TIME I LOOK AT THIS BOOK I SEE SOMETHING NEW.
I HAD TO CHECK THIS BOOK OUT BECAUSE SOUTHERN
ACCENTS MAGAZINE REVIEWED IT, AND RECOMMENDED
IT. THEY WILL BE MISSED BECAUSE THEY DON'T APPLAUD
EVERY ENTERTAINMENT BOOK OUT THERE. GREAT IDEAS,
AND RECIPES. I FEEL THIS BOOK IS TIMELESS. I DON'T
UNDERSTAND THE OTHER REVIEWS ABOUT "OUT OF DATE"?

THIS IS A BOOK YOU WILL COME BACK TO OVER AND
OVER AGAIN. NOT JUST BEAUTIFUL PICTURES, GREAT
RECIPES, BUT WONDERFUL IDEAS, FOR BOTH INSIDE,
AND OUTSIDE. I'M KEEPING MY COPY, AND GIVING
MORE FOR GIFTS. IF YOU LIKE BEAUTIFUL THINGS,
AND ARE NOT INTO THAT MINIMALIST NOTHING ON
THE TABLE LOOK, YOU WILL ADORE THIS BOOK. IT'S
A GREAT RESOURCE. CHEERS!
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Format: Hardcover
Friends who know that I love to entertain gave me this book - Fabulous Parties! This is one of the best books I have in my personal collection. The recipes are simply delicious and very easy to make. The floral arrangements provided me with a lot of inspiration about how to create my own stylish centerpieces. Knowing that Mark Held, Richard David and Peggy Dark have created gourmet menus and event decor for numerous Hollywood stars, well, I was just thrilled with all their advice! Fabulous Parties is the best present for people like me to love to entertain or for folks who are interested in learning about the art of floral design. This book is easy to follow and is a treasure trove of usable information. Fabulous Parties is the perfect gift for birthdays, weddings, Mother's Day or anyone who wants to learn how to host an incredible event! Cheers!
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