Los Angeles-based hostess Stephanie Booth Shafran shares her secrets for perfect parties and takes the art of entertaining to new heights. From the table settings to the decor to the color-coordinated menus, every party she hosts showcases a myriad of inspired elements. Chapter by chapter, Stephanie shows readers how to set the stage for eight parties, from an elegant housewarming to a classic California pool party, to a festive Christmas brunch.
Each chapter ends with great tips, from entertaining alfresco to having parties for a charitable purpose. She also includes a guide to her party essentials: invitations, flowers, tablescapes, linens, seating, the bar, and select recipes—including cocktails—and helpful guidelines for assembling unique cheese and charcuterie platters.
RULES: I will feature a Rizzoli book over the next 7 days. At the end of 7 days we will giveaway the books to a lucky winner! Simply leave a comment. It could be why you would love to have these books, or what you are reading right now to ease your mind. You can comment each day, and I hope you do, let’s all stay connected. And share with the link with a friend.
Looks like a beautiful book!
I love this site and all the wonderful recipes and tips!
What a delightful, rich and beautifully designed book! We need to be nourished right now, not only in terms of food but how to bring beauty to your table and your life.
I’d love to have this book in my collection!
The book looks lovely & enticing!
Whoa, whoa & wow!!!! These are some of the most beautiful tables I have ever witnessed. I’m swooning as each and every photograph is absolutely taking my breath way. Each is prettier than the next. I have an appreciation for gracious spaces including the intimate places in which we entertain. I’m glad to see that entertaining and setting a gracious table is not a lost art and is still a lovely gift we can offer someone who has come to gather with us. Thank you for the inspiration, and thank you for continuing to cultivate my love of entertaining, decorating, and welcoming others, especially the ones I’m really missing now, into my home. I look forward to that day again!
I’d love this book. How beautiful and fun tablescaping is!!
I am currently re-reading a fabulous Mario Buatta book, also by Rizzoli!
I would love to add these book to my collection!
I enjoy entertaining and have hosted most of our families holidays for the past 30 years.
I love beautiful tables, adorned with flowers and special items.
I love China , any kind!
You should have a beautiful meal each day , whether it’s a beautiful Christmas Eve dinner or just morning coffee with your family.
I agree 100%
I love to read decorating, entertaining and cookbooks. Right now I’ve been catching up on my Southern Living and Country Living magazines. I’ve created a whole new post covid-19 vision board with gardening and entertaining ideas.
Always great resources!
Thank you for giving me something pretty to look at during these challenging times.
Obsessed with all Rizzoli books!! So well made and always beautiful! Just graduated college and am currently trying to fill up my apartment with good books and coffee table books. My mom is an interior designer and has had me hooked on beautiful books since middle school!!
Love your blog, so glad i stumbled upon it!
Loving that this time of distancing will have us eager to entertain family and friends again soon!
Me too Jan! Stay safe!
You have a beautiful blog!
Would love these stunning inspirational books!
I absolutely love books about entertaining – and there actually aren’t that many out there. This would be a great collection to have. I’m sure all of us can’t wait for the day we can gather with family friends again. Thanks Ronda
I agree! Can’t wait!
Thank you for offering these wonderful books! A beautiful distraction for all that we are going through right now. Be safe!
You too Wendy!
Delighted to discover you! Simply divine vignettes. Thank you for the inspiration!
What a nice giveaway. Thanks for organizing.
Wonderful enticement to think creative for entertaining, amid shelter in place.
What a beautiful way to dream about future dinner parties and entertaining! Thank you!
I research proper table settings quite a lot.
I would love to have one source to reference. Your book would become well worn friend. Setting a beautiful table is my gift to my guests. Even a hamburger becomes a mėsainis when served on a beautifully set table.
“The dining room is the theatre. The table is the stage.”
These images are stunning and makes me long for inviting people over again and making it a regular event?
I love reading decorating and entertaining books . My mother taught me that a beautiful table makes everyone smile no matter how elaborate or simple . Thank you for the inspiration !
I have such a passion to serve with love and excellence! This blog and many more books like Whiskey in a Tea Cup, Reese Witherspoon , have encouraged me to dig deeper at representing a lovely table, home, and so much more!
I enjoy seeing others having a good time with good company.
All of the senses are at play so I have found my cook book and entertaining library invaluable for inventive inviting ideas.
“Home is where the heart is” for sure!
I can’t think of a more relaxing past time than to sit in a cozy area and to read beautiful books such as yours! All the beautiful pictures, recipes and well written paragraphs gives me hope to one day, in the near future, to have all my friends and loved ones gathering in my home once again.
I feel the same way!
Thanks for inviting me to your blog!
Thanks for being here!
I am starting to try and entertain again and I would love to have one of your books to guide me. I have been following you for quite a while and you always inspire me! You are a mentor to so many of us. Thanks for all you do!
What a beautiful gift! Thank you Rhonda for sharing your life with all of us!
All the best to you my friend!
I would love a collection of beautiful books! I am currently reading The Great Blue Hills of God by Kreis Beall, my friend and co founder of Blackberry Farm. It is a wonderful read!
I love your site so much! It’s beautiful and uplifting, especially at a time like this!
I would love to add to my collection of entertaining and tablescape books with your very inspiring and creative book on tablescapes! Love to create beautiful and unusual tables. Wishing you great success with your book.