Resource: InStyle Parties

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Want to throw a top-level party without spending heaps of time and money? InStyle Parties, the complete guide to easy, elegant entertaining, is the one-stop guide to making every event stylish and personal, and it proves once and for all that entertaining at home can be easy, fabulous, and fun.

Organized in three sections, the book includes the following:
1. the basics of party preparation, including what to serve and how to create the perfect atmosphere;
2. complete party guides for every occasion, from dinner parties for eight to cocktail parties for 30;
3. a listing of the top resources for food, drink, and decor, from artisanal cheeses and exotic chocolates to flowers and flatware.

The book begins with the basics section, which arms readers with the essentials of party planning. In thorough yet accessible detail, this section provides tips on how to plan a menu, stock a bar, navigate a wine shop and how to choose the best beer, set a table, serve cocktails, and feed a crowd, efficiently and with finesse. Also covered are tips on invitations, decorations, and music, which set the tone for a special occasion.

The heart of the book is twenty of the most popular party guides published in InStyle magazine over the last five years. These guides are for dinner parties, holiday parties, occasions and theme parties, summer parties. Playful themes, fresh and simple recipes, drinks, elegant decor, handy timetables for getting your meal ready, and a non-stuffy approach make it easy to stay on top of all the little details.

The themes include a Mediterranean dinner, a holiday cocktail party, a Tuscan dinner, a Halloween cocktail buffet, a Thanksgiving dinner, a New Year’s Eve supper, a game night, a Super Bowl party, an Oscars party, a baby shower, an afternoon spa party, a backyard barbecue, a luau, and more.

Readers can follow the guides closely, mix up elements from different guides to suit their unique vision, or simply use them as inspiration. With its elegant illustrations and vibrant images of celebrity-studded events, colorful drinks, luscious foods, and sophisticated decor, In Style: Parties put the fun of parties first.

This party book has tips throughout that are perfect for novices as well as for veterans. I love to look through this book on a regular basis just to remind myself of some of the cute food and drink presentations and centerpieces that I might use.

You can find this book online.


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