Picture Perfect Parties (Hardcover)

Annette Joseph's Stylish Solutions for Entertaining

By Annette Joseph, Hugh Acheson (Foreword by), Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn (Photographer)

Rizzoli International Publications, 9780847841035, 224pp.

Publication Date: October 1, 2013

List Price: 39.95*
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Annette Joseph, Today Show entertaining expert, knows how to throw a party. Her motto: Make it simple and make it gorgeous She is able to combine down-to-earth gusto with do-it-yourself brilliance to create an entertaining cookbook for people who want to entertain more and with panache. PICTURE PERFECT PARTIES provides an arsenal of tricks for a year's worth of get-togethers, holidays, and special occasions--including Easter brunch, Cinco de Mayo, summer grill-outs, picnics and barbecues, holiday cocktails, and the Super Bowl-- guaranteed to make at-home entertaining easy. Annette Joseph's tasty recipes and fool-proof advice will ensure that you can throw parties with a sense of ease and flair.

Joseph is able to show readers how to ingeniously transform the ordinary into the extraordinary without spending a lot of money, and without sacrificing style. Each chapter of PICTURE PERFECT PARTIESshows how to create a total environment around a unique theme. The recipes and menus are not only delicious, and focused on seasonal ingredients, but are designed so that they can be made in advance and portioned individually--a time-management must for the host or hostess. Among the recipes, you will find some that will become everyday favorites, such as White Bean Farro Soup, Parmesan Crisps, Lemony Risotto, and Tuscan Sweet and Sour Kale. Sidebars sprinkled throughout give step-by-step instructions for the inventive trappings that make an event memorable, such as centerpieces, place cards, takeaway containers, and linens. From simple to lavish, PICTURE PERFECT PARTIES delivers brilliant solutions to create fabulous parties.

About the Author

Annette Joseph is the entertaining expert for the Today Show and Better Homes and Gardens. She also appears regularly on Atlanta's Fox morning show and Martha Stewart Living Radio. Her recipes and entertaining ideas have been featured in Epicurious, Design Sponge, MSN, The Huffington Post, Southern Living, Woman's World, and Goop. Hugh Acheson is the author of the Beard Award-winning cookbook A New Turn in the South and a judge on Top Chef.

Praise For Picture Perfect Parties: Annette Joseph's Stylish Solutions for Entertaining

“Simple, quick, always easy, and done with enthusiasm and effortless style—this is what Annette’s parties are all about. Like everything she does, Annette makes at-home entertaining accessible, with delicious recipes and tips for truly memorable occasions.” ~Gwyneth Paltrow, goop.com

“Not only does Annette Joseph capture the essence of home entertaining, but she has great solutions for entertaining which are creative and stylish. From an intimate dinner for two to a house party for a larger crowd, she gives tips on everything…” ~Danielle Rollins

“Chock full of recipes, advice and tricks of the trade, you’ll be party-ready in no time. I love how everything in the book is unintimidating and approachable. Even novice cooks and hosts will feel confident that they can put together a delicious, beautiful and fun event.” ~Quintessence Blog

“In this gorgeous book Annette Joseph shows us all how to have Picture Perfect Parties all year long. Annette offers fabulous ideas and tips to help even the most reluctant entertainer throw a successful party, breaking everything down step by step, eliminating guess work entirely. She shows us how to use the items we already have in our homes in new and creative ways, eradicating the need to shop for accessories…shows you how to entertain beautifully and effortlessly in your own home by offering simple guides and menus that have been broken down step by step.” ~The Entertaining House
“…chapters centered on seasonal parties, she emphasizes the casual-chic trend of prioritizing facetime over fussiness…gorgeous pictures may be beautifully styled, but they reiterated the message to stop making perfection more important than people." ~Metrosource

"From 'The Stylemaker Issue'...tons of Annette’s tricks, table settings, and party recipes...” ~Better Homes and Gardens