The Ultimate Guide to Creative EntertainingBook - 2004
Throwing a successful party requires a lot more than a well-stocked bar and good music. As public relations experts whose job it is to produce events that make a lasting impression, Lara Shriftman and Elizabeth Harrison know it's the details that make the difference. Now you, too, can organize any party, for 10 guests or 1,000, on a budget of $50 or $500,000, from creating the concept right down to saying goodbye at the end of the night. Chic tips, creative ideas, irresistible recipes, and all the countless ingredients that make a party sizzle are at your fingertips in this hip and handy guide to becoming an event planner extraordinaire. You'll find the experts' best advice on: - Creating a concept and a budget for any kind of party - Choosing the right location, whether you keep it cozy at home, camp out at the beach, or rent a local club - Designing invitations, from classic to kitschy - Setting the mood with lighting, music, flowers, furniture, decor, and all the little touches that make a party extra fab - Stocking a thirst-quenching home bar, whipping up smart cocktails, and thinking of innovative ways to serve it all up in style - Whetting the appetites of your guests, using insider secrets from chefs and tips on how to make fast food sophisticated, with sample menus for classic cocktail parties, luncheons, late-night bashes, and more - Being a flawless host--or guest--with proper etiquette guidelines, gift ideas, Table Setting 101, and the 411 on posing for the camera - Producing a party from beginning to end with colorful case studies and detailed instructions for eight fierce fetes, such as a Hamptons-style clambake, a Barbie theme party, an Indiandinner on a $200 budget, and a mani-pedi party - Re-creating our favorite drinks and dishes from the best restaurants and bars all over the world, like Nobu, Asia de Cuba, Trader Vic's, Bungalow 8, the Delano Hotel, and Indochine - Getting what you need. There's a complete resource guide in the back, not to mention savvy tips from Puff Daddy, Russell Simmons, Lara Flynn Boyle, David Copperfield, Hugh Jackman, and Donald Trump.
Publisher: New York : Clarkson Potter, c2004
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 272 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 24 cm