Resource: Lela Rose: Pret A Party

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Texas-born fashion designer Lela Rose has written an inspiring manual, Pret-a-Party: Great Ideas for Good Times and Creative Entertaining, for imaginative and stylish entertaining. Known for her whimsical fashions, Lela Rose is also a popular and passionate hostess.

In 2001 she garnered attention when she designed the outfits worn by Jenna and Barbara Bush at their father’s presidential inauguration. Until that point, she was mainly working with private clients. After that, she began to expand her business with retail businesses like Bergdorf Goodman and Neiman Marcus. Some of her well-known clientele include Jessica Alba, Molly Sims, Mindy Kaling, Ashley Judd, Mariska Hargitay, Mary-Kate Olsen, Ashley Olsen, Selma Blair and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge. She now has a popular bridal line.

Rose’s philosophy of hospitality is simple: create your own occasions to create your own fun. The themes, colors, seasonality, and activities she concocts for each of her parties show you to how dazzle guests with simple yet unexpected touches.

Her books shows how you can modernize the traditional bridal shower with a refreshingly retro sewing circle. Rose shows you how to turn a conventional ladies’ tea by having girlfriends over for an afternoon tequila tasting. She shows how to celebrate your favorite cause by hosting a festive outdoor supper, like the one featured on a Brooklyn rooftop garden.

From the spirited couples’ cook-off to a kid-friendly “primp your ride” bike picnic, to an elegant silver-and-white Christmas dinner, Rose presents dozens of creative ideas to inspire her readers looking for a fresh take on entertaining.

Featuring unique ideas for decoration, recipes for cocktails and key dishes, and tips for throwing everything together in an easy and enjoyable way, Prêt-a-Party will be embraced by a new generation of hosts and hostesses seeking spirited and unconventional good times. Check it out!

Lela Rose: Pret A Party is available online.


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