- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Robert Rose (September 16, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 077880254X
- ISBN-13: 978-0778802549
- Product Dimensions: 8 x 1 x 10.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #305,664 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Perfect Table Settings: Hundreds of Easy and Elegant Ideas for Napkin Folds and Table Arrangements Paperback – September 16, 2010
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Fumble fingers, step aside. It’s party time every day, thanks to Vivaldo’s latest offering. Caterer, author (The Entertaining Encyclopedia, 2009), and food stylist “to the stars”—the flap copy cites Hollywood functions and post-Oscar wrap parties—the author also provides anyone with the color pictures and easy-to-understand words for turning drab into delightful in terms of 100 different napkin folds, which have been divided neatly into easy, intermediate, and advanced techniques, all with excellent how-to directions. Supplied is a plethora of pragmatic information, from the one recipe that accompanies each of the 25 table settings to a list detailing best etiquette tips for the twenty-first century. What’s unusual is this: many of the folds, such as Go Fish, little bird, pinwheel, and whale’s tale, to mention a few, resemble fabric origami, every one of them pictured in a table setting. Get ready for all of the 2011 holidays. --Barbara Jacobs
Home economics not offered at your school? Here's your chance to catch up on napkin folding techniques, creating party favors, and setting a beautiful buffet table. Add flare to your holiday meals and parties. Denise Vivaldo's Perfect Table Settings has over 250 color photographs demonstrating the beautiful art of table decorating, flower arranging, and napkin folding. Divided into four parts, you'll learn how to festively spruce up your home for any occasion. Easy-to-follow instructions will fit any beginning decorator's needs, while advanced projects will keep advance designers busy. Family and friends will admire your decorating skills when you choose one of 25 theme party table settings for your next event (including Grecian Get-Together, German Feast, Italian Pasta Party, Hawaiian Luau, and Oscar Night). Need an idea for the perfect hostess gift or tips on 21st century etiquette? Follow Vivaldo's simple tips and entertaining will never be more fun! (Kathryn Franklin Sacramento Book Review 2010-12-01)
Anyone who knows anything about catering knows that presentation is just as important as the food. Enter Denise Vivaldo, a versatile culinary pro who has catered over 10,000 parties. Her last book, The Entertaining Encyclopedia, gave us menus and recipes for just about every conceivable occasion. Instead of a new collection of recipes, Perfect Table Settings features hundreds of easy, creative ideas for complementary table arrangements, and comprehensive, step-by-step color photos of how to achieve just about any napkin fold you have ever seen -- from basic to vaguely origami. This book is a must for anyone looking to give their dining table a professional look -- without the angst, and without spending a fortune. (Peggy Fallon Project Foodie 2010-12-03)
Denise Vivaldo is a walking talking cooking/kitchen styling maven. I've been reading about her life as a caterer and food stylist for a while now. I got to hear her speak at a conference I attended last year. She is a one woman dynamo! With her book Perfect Table Settings, Denise has put years of catering experience in our hands. The table is definitely the gathering place fo ryour guests, so why not put your best foot forward? A quick flip through the pages gives an impression that it is a napkin folding book. Don't buy that perusal at all. There is so much more than napkin folding in this book. You begin with an explanation of fabrics, their names, uses and best reasons for choosing which ones for venues. Yes, there are an abundance of folding techniques, use of napkin rings, monograms etc. You'll find What tails, Birds of Paradise, Tuxedo, Shawl, and a simple fan to name a few. In fact, I really believe you could go through every fold in the book and not have the same one for every
Sunday in a year's time. However, as stated above, Ms. Vivaldo doesn't just share napkin folding with us. She sets out to give us a bit of finery in our lives. Even the humblest of tables can be improved with a bit of styling. Table settings, care and use of linens, the proper choice of dishware, when to use chargers and even how and when to rent the extras you may need. Want to set the tone of a party? Begin with the table setting, the linens and even something called a silence cloth. A silence cloth with dampen the noise at service of the clanking of silverware and dishes on the hard surface of a table. The noise will not interfere with conversation. Inside the book you will find a floral seasonality chart and tips on floral arranging. You'll enjoy the pages on types of parties, from children's to formal affairs. There is etiquette for the 21st century, and tips on host or hostess gifts. Also included are 25 table settings ready to copy, using found items in your home purchased items
to set just the right effect for your theme. She include a few of her favorite recipes for many of the themed parties also. This book is a must have for party givers as well as those who want to ramp up their own family dinners. Who doesn't want their family to feel special, like you've invited royalty to your home, on occasion. We all love to be made to feel like we're the best guest ever and using the tips and techniques Denise shares in this tomb all of your guests will feel the love you feel for them. Perfect Table Settings is a must have reference book for your library. (Earthbound Chronicles 2011-01-25)
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This book is a must for anyone who wants to add that special touch to their dining with a wildly impressive table setting.
However, my one gripe with the book is the orientation of the accompanying photographs. The photos are placed as if you (the reader) are watching someone seated across from you, rather than watching someone seated to the right or left of you. (If you look closely, the hands in the photos are at the top not at the bottom. ) In other words, the photos are upside-down from the reader's perspective. Therefore it becomes confusing when the instructions say to "fold left flap over to the right flap, keeping the point towards you" and the picture shows the opposite and inverted.
Luckily I can read print that is upside down and backwards. But for those who cannot do that, the choice is to either constantly turn the book upside down or to completely ignore the photos.
Hopefully, the publisher will take note of this for future instructional books.