The Swell Dressed Party

x-large
Genre: Reference
Original Publish Date: Jun 22, 2010
Product Number: EB00577604
Released: Sep 25, 2014
Business Term: 2 Year
ISBN: #9781416506850
Publisher: Atria Books
Please log in to view pricing

Description

The bestselling authors of Swell: A Girl's Guide to the Good Life, Home Swell Home: Designing Your Dream Pad, and Swell Holiday: Turning Up the Twinkle have delighted readers with their groundbreaking manuals on style and decor. Now Cynthia Rowley and Ilene Rosenzweig bring you The Swell Dress Party, a bubbly bible for the modern hostess. With their fun-loving spirit and entertaining expertise, they serve up ideas for memorable affairs that are easy to execute, don't leave you exhausted, and allow you to achieve the ultimate hostess goal-to be a guest at your own party. This day-to-night guide brings a much-needed dose of realism to fabulous entertaining. The confident hostess makes the most of what she's got, mixing homemade with store-bought, pairing her best crystal flutes with last minute Polaroid placecards, and knowing it's important to keep the conversation as sparkling as the champagne. "Part Dressing" is a new approach to great entertaining that relies on playfulness, not perfectionism. Over twenty parties in this book combine recipes that deliver wow factor without requiring a culinary PH.D., and anecdotes from Rowley and Rosenzweig's party career. They show how to bring friends and family together for high-style good times without spending an obscene amout of time or blowing a wad of dough. The Swell motto is: Minimize effort and maximize fun. Great hostessing is about setting a mood as much as making sure people get enough to eat and drink. A Swell party is like the perfect black dress glammed up with little accessories that make a big impact. - Double-duty favors that bring an activity to the party, like sketchbooks and charcoals at everyy place setting. - Iced gel-eye masks and Tylenol for a Hangover Brunch. - Filling the pool with blow-up ducks as an aquatic centerpiece. - The No-Time-for-Dinner Party, ordering in every course, from MacDonald's fries to steakhouse sirloins, and making an event of every delivery. - Turning Games Night or Must-See TV into a weekly ritual of three-martini playdates. - Keeping the cupboard stocked for chic-and-easy bar snack and canapes for the impromptu cocktails.