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Occasions (New Series of Lifestyle Books)by Kate Spade
Synopses & Reviews
Every occasion calls out for something extra, whether it's flowers you set on the table, foods to honor a special gathering, or the selection of music. For both hostess and guest, consideration of those around you is among the most important qualities for any enjoyable occasion. A smile and sense of humor are also essential, and before the canapand#233;s and night lighting a good hostess is ultimately defined by a welcoming and gracious demeanor. andlt;BRandgt; In andlt;Iandgt;Occasions,andlt;/Iandgt; designer Kate Spade invites you into her world of easy, festive entertaining, where the emphasis is not on "the perfect meal" but on having "the perfect time." It's a world where laughter and conversation at dinner parties are encouraged and where spilled red wine on the couch is no reason to stop the music. As Kate says, "Making your guests feel at home is truly an art and it's one worth cultivating." andlt;BRandgt; Any occasion begins with preparation, and at the outset Kate describes such basic components as lighting (votive candles are a must); table linens, flatware, and glassware; flowers (trimmed short and tightly massed); even bedding for overnight or weekend guests. Party shopping lists, hors d'oeuvres and cocktail favorites, and dinner party menus are all included. An "Alphabet of Special Events," from baby showers to tailgate picnics, is both anecdotal and useful for would-be hostesses everywhere. andlt;BRandgt; Whether you entertain a lot or a little, and whether your style is casual or formal, andlt;Iandgt;Occasions,andlt;/Iandgt; with more than 230 charming watercolor illustrations, is a handy and fresh approach to the subject, a book to be treasured today and over the years. Above all, at any gathering "hospitality makes for infectious fun."
in this charming guide to entertaining, kate spade new york throws rigid rules out the door and shares unpretentious ideas for the modern-day hostess that are easy, festive, authentic, and always with an air of deliberate polish.
filled with how-tos, personal essays, anecdotes, recipes, and a liberal dash of style, all in good taste will transform you into the hostess everyone wants an invitation from. the book covers the essential lost artsandmdash;how to shuck an oyster, curate a vibrant guest list, guide a dinner-table discussionandmdash;right alongside modern conundrums such as Instagram etiquette at dinner. whether you entertain a little or a lot, or just love being the person everyone wants to sit next to at dinner, all in good taste is the modern classic youandrsquo;ll treasure for years.
kate spade new york: places to go, people to see focuses on the how, where and why of travel through the lens of the always-inspired kate spade new york girl. this new volume features vibrant photography, old-world glamour, a dash of charm and inspirational quotes, tips and words of wisdom that every kate spade new york girl should know. kate spade new york: places to go, people to see showcases chic destinations such as paris, new york city, the amalfi coast, marrakech, tokyo, and st moritz, along with ways to incorporate those things seen, heard and experienced into life back home. kate spade new york: places to go, people to see will have you booking a plane ticket the moment you finish turning the pages!
About the Author
kate spade new york started with four people in 1993. itandrsquo;s grown a bit since then, but the charming dream-big, anything-is-possible mentality has stayed the same. in the past 20 years, the onetime handbag company has become a global lifestyle brand with shops around the world and categories including handbags, clothing, jewelry, shoes, stationery, accessories, fragrance, and home.
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