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The 10 Best New Books For The Event Lover On Your Gift List

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Bubbly Bar from Darcy Miller's Celebrate Everything

Shopping for gifts isn’t always an easy task, but if you’re looking for a little something for that special someone who always invites you over to the best holiday event of the season, we’ve got help. This year, nine leading event professionals and enthusiasts in the industry came out with new books to help the rest of us who don’t necessarily have a natural born gift for exquisitely displayed hors d’oeuvres and jaw-dropping tablescapes. So, even if your friend or relative always manages to rise to the occasion when it comes to home entertaining, reading up on the latest trends, recipes and decor tips will certainly keep them on top of their game. You may even want to pick up a copy for yourself while you’re at it!

David Monn: The Art of Celebrating

Even if you’ve never thrown an event or hosted an intimate dinner party in your entire life, you’re going to want to after reading Monn’s inspirational masterpiece. The entertaining expert may have been at the helm of illustrious affairs such as a state dinner at the White House and the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala, but his book inspires experts and novices alike. Monn teaches the reader to look at your home as a “living environment,” not just a bunch of rooms, and a birthday as a “milestone of accomplishment and growth,” not just another party. The party guru’s three favorite words — authenticity, scale, and detail — are incorporated into each engaging chapter, drawing from 20,000 event photographs from his personal archive. See the book.

Celebrate Everything!: Fun Ideas to Bring Your Parties to Life

Here’s what we love about event pro Darcy Miller’s latest book: it’s realistic. Miller makes celebrating everything from a baby shower to a pool party easy by sharing her creative themes, D.I.Y. projects and recipes as shown through the dozens of parties she’s thrown for her clients, family and friends. From games to favors to what needs to be done after the festivities, Miller leaves no stone unturned.  See the book.

The Wedding Book: An Expert’s Guide To Planning Your Perfect Day — Your Way

Mindy Weiss’ planner-type book helps brides-to-be feel organized and in control, while making those who already tied the knot want to start all over again! This wedding bible covers everything — and we mean everything, ranging from announcing the engagement, creating a budget, dealing with contracts, etiquette, fashion, decor, heartfelt ceremonies and unforgettable receptions. There’s even a few less common tips on things like how to freeze your wedding cake and deal with someone who isn’t happy about you getting married! Perhaps the most important detail to note is that this guide helps everyone plan a perfect wedding, no matter the budget, size or taste. Note this version of Weiss’ Wedding Book is the most comprehensive and was updated for a new generation of brides- and grooms-to-be. See the book.

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How To Celebrate Everything: Recipes & Rituals For Birthdays, Holidays, Family Dinners & Every Day In Between

This New York Times Best Cookbook of Fall 2016 is chock-full of more than 100 time-tested recipes from author Jenny Rosenstrach creator of the popular blog and book Dinner: A Love Story. For the home entertainer who loves to cook (or at least wants to give it a shot), Rosenstrach’s book includes recipes for everything from popovers, apple fritters, and golden pancakes for sleepover mornings or birthday breakfasts to complete menus for major holidays to dozens of her signature family dinners such as grilled soy-glazed pork chops and crispy chickpeas with yogurt sauce and naan. See the book.

The Serial Entertainer’s Passion for Parties

Steven Stolman may be a fashion designer and brand strategist, but he’s also touted as the “serial entertainer,” which is evident in the pages of his gorgeous new read. Using engaging storytelling and his signature sense of humor, Stolman shares ideas, recipes and tips of all kinds (acquired from years of planning extravagant, yet meaningful parties) that can be integrated into any dinner party, birthday, wedding, fundraising gala and more. See the book.

Stress Free Dinner Parties: How to Plan, Host and Enjoy Your Party

They say it’s all in a name and this book speaks to that theory! Writer, philosopher, food and entertaining enthusiast Alexandra Blaelock demystifies the process of throwing a memorable dinner party based on personal experiences. Drawing on a career in project and event management, Blaelock’s lifestyle book describes how rational thought about activities like getting dressed and feeding your friends can lead to the kind of pleasure that makes life worthwhile — we couldn’t agree more! The book outlines in detail everything from how to handle your guests (including how to keep them entertained), handling a menu with various dietary restrictions, decor and planning tips, a strategy to keep budget costs down and much, much more. See the book

Oh Joy!: 60 Ways To Create & Give Joy

Designer, blogger and Pinterest sensation (thirteen million members and counting) Joy Cho shares some of her best tips for adding style, color, flavor and fun to your daily life. Cho teaches readers that it’s the small things that can make a big impact —  think decorating cakes with fun toppers, brightening your home with vibrant pops of color. The book is also packed with fun projects like how to make your own wallpaper, unexpected uses for artificial flowers, suggestions for quirky centerpieces and photo booth backdrops, recipes and pop-up wrapping paper. See the book.

The Art of Floral And Event Design

This hardcover bestselling book showcases over 250 pages of eye-catching inspiration and sophisticated styles of weddings, stylized shoots and special events designed by Akeshi Akinseye. Her passion has always been to create beautiful things, and she is fascinated by all the ways to transform something simple into a breathtaking moment. Each chapter offers inspiration in different color palettes and styles showcasing creative ways to use flowers.

Akeshi is thrilled to share a glimpse of her world with you so you can explore the various colors, textures and moods that are orchestrated to create the splendor and magnificence captured in The Art of Floral and Event Design. We hope this book will evoke awe-inspiring emotion that will innovate design concepts for your wedding or your next special event. See the book.

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Lauren Conrad: Celebrate

Conrad’s book is filled with lush and inspiring original four-color photos and budget friendly tips, to include suggestions for the perfect invitations, food, drinks, decorations. and gifts. Lauren shows how to put it all together for a diverse range of events that span the calendar, from a charming baby shower to a festive holiday party. She also uses personal analogies from her own life, including her housewarming party, and her recent bridal shower and wedding. See the book.

Coming Soon — Party Food: Mini Hors d'oeuvres, Bar Carts & More

While Party Food — celebrated caterer Peter Callahan’s newest book —  doesn’t come out until this summer, we can only imagine how great it will be considering we can’t seem to put down his first book, Bite by BiteLook at it this way: you’ll have it in time before you throw that big end of summer Labor Day bash. See the book.