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March 23, 2018 / Leslie

InStyle Parties

The Complete Guide to Easy, Elegant Entertaining All Year Round

Publisher: Oxmoor House | October 2017
Format: Hardcover, 192 pages | Rating: 4½ stars

A completely revised and updated edition of the top-selling book from one of the leading beauty and fashion magazines, InStyle Parties is the must-have resource for anyone looking to host chic parties without stress or guesswork.

What’s it about . . .
The editors of InStyle Magazine share their tips and tricks on everything you need to know about planning, preparing, and hosting a successful party.

In the first part, the guide takes the reader through all the basic steps of planning an event: Sending out invitations, planning a menu for food and drinks, creating the table, and establishing a mood. In the second part, which is the bulk of the book, plans for fifteen different types of parties are detailed from start to finish, including shortcuts and a timetable for ahead-of-time prep.

What did I think . . .
This is a useful how-to guide for proper party planning. With help, I might be able to pull off hosting a party like this, but alone, it would be a lot of work. The recipes are almost all made from scratch and require some cooking experience. I wouldn’t want to try many of these dishes for the first time on the day of a party. Most of my entertaining is more relaxed, but this type of book is useful as inspiration to add a touch of elegance to one of my casual affairs.

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  1. BermudaOnion / Mar 23 2018 8:19 am

    I love looking through books like that!


  2. Lloyd Russell / Mar 23 2018 9:06 am

    My wife is a professional event planner (she even has a published book on baby showers in the Everything series). So I have my own in-house guide!


  3. Suko / Mar 23 2018 5:38 pm

    This seems like a helpful party guide!
    Have a good weekend, Leslie!


  4. Beth F / Mar 25 2018 4:24 am

    Sounds like a good resource for entertaining ideas. We host a couple of fancy parties a year, but we’re mostly about casual get-togethers. I can’t remember the last time we issued actual invitations!


  5. Gluten Free A-Z / Mar 25 2018 6:55 am

    Im pretty good at event planning and have lots of my own tips, but Im sure I could find something new. Thanks for the review


  6. Diane La Rue (@bookchickdi) / Mar 25 2018 9:02 am

    I’d love one of those cocktails on the cover.


  7. Laura @ Library of Clean Reads / Mar 25 2018 8:34 pm

    My entertaining is more relaxed too but it’s fun to have tips on a more elegant way to throw a party.


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