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Plan to Party Paperback – October 1, 2010
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Top 10 things I love about this book:
#10- The Price. I could not believe that for less than 20.00 it contained so much useful and interesting info
#9- The French 75 Drink. Enough said. Try it.
#8-It fits easily in your purse to take to the store when you want to refer to the shopping list.
#7- Already has helped me make a holiday menu!
#6- Looks beautiful on my coffee table
#5- I hate to entertain and it has inspired me to, so my daughter is thrilled.
#4-I actually made the Black Olive Canapes! My friend invited me to dinner and had the nerve to say I could not bring my usual bottle of wine. They were a hit!
#3-The toolbox List. I used it to finally organize my cluttered cabinets.
#2- My Aunt loves the book. She has it all and is the ultimate cook and host. I gave it to her on her 75th birthday and she has already hosted a cocktail party for her girlfriends following the "What a Girl Wants" party in the book!!
And my #1 reason for recommending this book is the PICTURES!! You do not have to guess how things should look. You get a pristine photo of how the finished recipes should look. CHEERS GIRLS!!!
While this very good and it isn't quite that organized, it's well worth buying, sitting down and going through the pages to find lots of valuable "pearls". I quickly grew to like its quirky set up, and found myself putting bits of paper at recipes or clever ideas that make the book well worth getting. Hey, they even love one of my favorite California cheeses-Humbolt Fog! The price is right, and what it saves you in potential mistakes is worth an armful of books!
The first 5 pages are attractive photos..the next 25 some pages give insight into the two writers and their families. The body of the book is about four major party themes with menu and activities:
Wine Country Crush pages 64-119
A Night in Venice pages 120-177
Chocolate Soiree pages 178-219
What a Girl Wants pages 220-265
That's a lot of pages, for each of four theme parties!
By the end of the book, you feel you know the writers and their families a little bit. Each party has its merits.
Wine Country Crush- You know how to send out beautiful invitations, organize a cheese and wine tasting to have it easy and fun. Guests have a delicious risotto topped with braiased beef short ribs in Cabernet wine sauce- that's easy to make. Recipes are simple, and should be tasty-why knock yourself out? It covers the flow of the evening from room to room and sets the time for each mini-activity, and even sets the table!
A Night in Venice- You get a feel or life in Venice as well as the food. Make tramezzini, ombra, and cicchetti-easy andauthentic.
What a Girl Wants -gave a great apple and brie crostini that you can use for any event, plus solid party planning tips.Read more ›
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i thought it would give party advice in general terms, not just 4 or 5 parties.Published 19 months ago by Teresa Nye
All I can say is WOW! What a wonderful guide to opening your home to family and friends. I love so many of the ideas from the themes to the food combinations. Read morePublished on December 2, 2010 by Pamela Pinta
When I think about party planning books I always expect the same old, same old. Sure, they all have beautiful pictures and good recipes but this book has exceptional photography,... Read morePublished on November 15, 2010 by Jen's House
This gorgeous (four-color!) guide to planning parties provides the "bluprint" for organizing everything from the linens to the dessert of any party you plan to have in your home. Read morePublished on October 25, 2010 by Jen Singer