Pad Parties (Hardcover)

The Guide to Ultra-Entertaining

By Matt Maranian, Jack Gould (Photographs by), Robert Field (Illustrator)

Chronicle Books, 9780811837859, 160pp.

Publication Date: June 1, 2003

List Price: 22.95*
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The highly anticipated follow-up to Pad, the definitive guide to extreme domestic dcor, Pad Parties is the irreverent manual that will make any party an over-the-top entertainment sensation. Filled with deceptively simple and funky recipes for drinks, exotic garnishes, and appetizers, Pad Parties also includes ideas for enhancing the partyscape with music, ambient oddities, and creative homemade projects. Readers will learn how to transform a forlorn thrift store painting into an arty liquor larder and infuse their soirees with a gentle touch of surreal perversity by screening classroom safety films and Liberace variety shows. Concocted late in the night by a team on the leading edge of party style, the secrets to a happening scene are all here. With full-color photographs and illustrations, this is the perfect party guide for people with the distinctive and demanding sense of style that says, "That hideous vase would make a great swag lamp."

About the Author

Matt Maranian a freelance writer and former actor now living in Vermont, where he and his wife operate perhaps the hippest vintage clothing store in Brattleboro. He is the coauthor of the Los Angeles Times bestseller, L.A. Bizzaro.

Robert Field is a fine artist and illustrator who lives in Putney, Vermont.

Jack Gould a Los Angeles--based photographer whose work appears regularly in the New Times Los Angeles.