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"For moms looking for unusual ways to turn their parties into drop-dead-gorgeous events." ~Entertainment Weekly

"Flair...is a thoughtful, chic and comprehensive guide to all sorts of entertaining...Who better than Joe Nye, our modern-day traditionalist, to guide you through your next soiree!" ~Balustrade & Bitter

"Beautiful photographs...bring the book to life...charming guide for those who relish the joy of entertaining." ~AlltheBestBlog.com

"Flair is the next best thing to an invitation to one of the designer’s talked-about parties. The flowers are breathtaking, the tables stunning, and there is a really useful 'giftbag' in the form of a well-researched resource guide and Nye’s advice on everything from how to create a quick invitation to the best way to polish silver." ~Fetch Magazine

"I love the new entertaining book, Flair, by legendary interior designer Joey Nye... the book is filled with practical, affordable takeaway ideas that could be applied to any decorating setup." ~Garden & Gun Magazine

About the Author

Neo-traditional interior designer Joe Nye is one of L.A.’s lifestyle gurus, whose many talents include entertaining with esprit. His interiors have appeared in many publications. Nye lectures frequently at garden clubs and women’s organizations around the country. Edmund Barr is a lifestyle photographer based in Los Angeles. Caitlin Leffel is a writer and co-author of two books, including The Best Things to Do in New York.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Rizzoli (April 6, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0847833178
  • ISBN-13: 978-0847833177
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.9 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #761,171 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Pamela Robinson on April 9, 2010
Format: Hardcover
If you're left a little confused on how to dress up your party, "Flair: Exquisite Invitations, Lush Flowers, and Gorgeous Table Settings" can come to your rescue.

In this richly illustrated book, party planner Joe Nye offers advice in three areas--paper components, flowers and table settings--that will turn an ordinary party into a special event. Themes for parties range from casual patriotic-hued events to more formal black and white dinners. These are not quick and easy dinners. He advises hiring a calligrapher, for example, to handle invitations, but at other times, encourages shopping at consignment shops to find just the right, perhaps obscure, item.

While all the chapters show flair and creativity, I found the section on flowers especially helpful, since he indicates his favorite flowers but then offers advice on how to cut and arrange them and identifies by name for easy reference.

Included is a list of sources for obtaining some items and advice on cleaning silver.
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I admire Joe Nye's sense of style and risque ventures with color. He proffers wonderful, useful, practical advice that can be applied to a range of budgets. Joe and I share a love of using carnations and alstroemeria in arrangements for home entertaining. I was particularly taken with his apparent affection for shades of pink, yellow, and blue! Even if one cannot afford to employ a calligrapher, one can certainly apply the principals Mr. Nye suggests to create a similar effect. (I love it that he suggested having a calligrapher to create a "master copy" that can then be duplicated! I'm a firm believer in that when I'm pinching pennies!) Overall, an excellent read, and the photos are magnificent!
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A simple book with real advice at a great price. Martha has some competition here. The color combinations and advice are so do-able, I can not wait for a next party!
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Really--this book is a lot of fun to page through and offers up some terrific ideas. The author has a great sense of style and a fun way of combining different pieces for a wide range of interesting and elegant looks. Some good basic party tips as well.
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A great book to look through and extremely well-organized in dividing up sections of "to do" items for parties.

It's a little over-the-top in design, but more than worth it because you can get lots of super ideas about tablscapes that you might not have thought about doing.

Extremely good close-up photos that help show all the detail work.
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I bought this for a Christmas gift and wanted to keep it for myself! The ideas and layouts are amazing! Beautiful photography! I will just have to order another for myself.....and maybe a few more for gifts!
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Lovely book with lots of pictures depicting the subject of discussion. Wonderful suggestions and ideas that anyone can use.
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This little book is pretty on the outside and in the inside. Great ideas on how to set a beautiful table which do not imply investing millions on expensive china (although, by all means, if you have it...). The book covers everything from flowers to cleaning silver and the photographs are beautiful. A must-have for any host/hostess who is interested in investing the time to present a table at its best. Much better than the William Yeoward book on the same subject. This and Alberto Pinto's "Tables" (although on a different plane... Pinto's is like going to see pictures in a museum: unattainable, not enough money for the amazing china, flatware and silver... just awe-inspiring) are the best books written on the subject. Both necessary for the discerning hostess.
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