Hedy Lamar and Robert Cummings

What do you feel like doing tonight? I don’t know, Ange. What do you feel like doing?

Autumn’s shorter days and longer nights make it the perfect season for parties. According to our latest national Party Poll, 64% of guys and dolls, ages 25-54, will host a party this fall. Want to spice up your autumn soirée? There are an abundance of new entertaining books set to hit the shelves this fall. Here are the 10 best, harvested just for you, pumpkin.

Jeff Leatham: Visionary Floral Art and Design. The floral artist to the stars, Jeff’s clients range from Givenchy and the George V Hotel in Paris to Oprah and Kylie Minogue. Filled with hundreds of photos and design tips, this tome is abloom with breath-taking floral ideas.


Vogue and The Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute: Parties, Exhibitions, People. Known as The Party of the Year, The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s annual Costume Institute gala – also known as the Met Gala – is hands-down the most glamorous, sophisticated and completely fabulous annual fête. It’s also the most fruitful: it has raised millions for the Met year after year. Full of inspiring photos from past galas, this is a must-have for anyone looking to throw their own party of the year.


A Kitchen in France: A Year of Cooking in My Farmhouse. L’adore la cuisine française? Then you probably love Mimi Thorisson’s beautiful blog, Manger, as much as we do. This is Mimi’s first book and the photos and recipes will transport you to a time and place of rural, delectable bliss. Ooh, la la.

celebrity cocktails

Celebrity Cocktails. How could we not go positively gaga over cocktail recipes associated with such glammy Hollywood movie stars as Humphrey Bogart, Elizabeth Taylor and Dean Martin. Grab your gimlet, doll. We feel a party coming on.


Valentino: At the Emperor’s Table. Written by the famed and fabulous Vogue fashion editor, André Leon Talley, this beautiful coffee table book is a comprehensive visual and written celebration of fashion designer Valentino Garavani, the lavish, luxe and ever-gracious host.

make it ahead

Make It Ahead: A Barefoot Contessa Cookbook. If you like to host parties the way we do, you’d rather by hobnobbing with your guests than stirring your risotto. Chock full of delicious dishes you can prep, assemble and cook before your fête, this helpful book is your invitation to a completely stress-free dinner party.


Bordeaux: Legendary Wines. A beautiful compendium, you’ll love the list of wines from 125 châteaux, complete with a glossary, tables of harvest conditions of various years, and tasting notes for recent vintages.

life is a banquet

Life Is a Banquet: A Food Lover’s Treasury of Recipes, History, Tradition, and Feasts. Written by Swedish television personality and food historian, Edward Blom, this beautiful book is a smörgåsborg of culinary history, recipes, beautiful photographs and personal anecdotes,

party perfect bites

Party-Perfect Bites: 100 Delicious Recipes for Canapes, Finger Food and Party Snacks. In this must-have recipe book by London caterer-to-the-stars, Milli Taylor, you’ll find one hundred easy-to-make, soiree-friendly fingerfood recipes. Party perfect is right.

food and wine

Food & Wine: Best of the Best, Vol. 17: The Best Recipes from the 25 Best Cookbooks of the Year  Hosting a last-minute dinner party? Recipes from these annual volumes never fail. Each year, the editors of Food & Wine magazine put the best recipes from the best new cookbooks to the test. The top 25 make the cut.

Welcome photo: Hedy Lamarr and Robert Cummings
Welcome quote: Marty, 1955

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