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Just in time for the holiday party season, there’s a spate of fabulous new entertaining books out that promise to make your get-togethers—whether large or small, formal or informal—as chic and creative as they are fun and festive. Trust us, doll. These 10 beautiful tomes, all destined to become entertaining classics, will have you whistling while you work to create fêtes that your friends will long remember.
David Monn: The Art of Celebrating. One of the top party designers in the world, David Monn has designed fabulous events ranging from state dinners at The White House and the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala to intimate dinner parties. This must-have entertaining book includes photos from his personal archive of more than 20,000 event photographs.
Celebrate Everything! As fun to read as it is inspiring, this entertaining guide from Martha Stewart Weddings editor Darcy Miller is filled with chic, colorful, and creative ideas for making parties special.
Ken Fulk’s Magical World. Whether designing home interiors or planning parties like the fairytale-like forest wedding of Facebook’s Sean Parker, Ken adds chic and original touches of whimsy that always enchant. In this beautiful and inspiring book, Ken shares more than 200 color photos from his magical interiors and events.
The Art of Entertaining Relais & Chateaux. This beautifully photographed book provides elegant inspiration from parties, both intimate and grand, held at some of the best luxury hotels and restaurants around the world. The themes, floral choices, festive table displays, and recipes will show you how to wow your guests with sophisticated touches.
Floral Diplomacy At The White House. As Chief Floral Designer at The White House from 2009 until 2015, Laura Dowling managed the décor and flowers for thousands of formal and informal events. In this celebration of floral art, Laura shares her favorite tips and techniques for flower arranging, including how she used blooms as a strategic tool for communicating diplomatic, symbolic, and policy messages.
Host: A Modern Guide to Eating, Drinking and Feeding Your Friends. Written by the genius revelers behind The Carry On Cocktail Kit, this fabulous entertaining guide includes simple, straightforward, and approachable ideas and recipes. With helpful tips for hosting parties in smaller spaces, it’s a must-have guide for those living in urban centers.
Entertaining in Grand Style: Savoir Faire of a Parisian Chef. Chef James Viaene has worked in the grandest homes and kitchens in Paris, including those of the British Ambassador to France and the Duke and Duchess of Windsor. In this beautifully illustrated volume, he shares his favorite memories and recipes, including the famous Beef Wellington he served to Queen Elizabeth II and the pot-au-feu inspired by his childhood memories.
Julia Reed’s South: Spirited Entertaining and High-Style Fun All Year Long. No one embodies the spirit of Southern hospitality more than Julia Reed, a member of The Salonniere 100. In this approachable guide, Julia shares down-to-earth tips and recipes for hosting 11 seasonal parties ranging from a holiday cocktail party to a hunt breakfast. This one’s a must, y’all.
Creative Tables: Whimsical Place Settings. Featuring items that are found in the typical home—pasta centerpiece, anyone?—these fun and imaginative tabletop designs prove there’s nothing like creativity to inspire a table that will wow your dinner guests.
A Butler’s Guide to Entertaining. This handy guide includes essential advice on entertaining etiquette from an impeccable and unflappable English butler. Whether you’re hosting cocktails for colleagues or a dinner party for friends, you’ll appreciate the straightforward advice on everything from invitation etiquette to steering away guests who have outstayed their welcome.
The Best New Entertaining Books Welcome Mashup
Welcome photo: Bessie Love
Welcome quote: To Have and Have Not, 1944