by David Tutera
A Passion for Parties: Your Guide to Elegant Entertaining
Simon and Schuster, October, 2001.
Hardcover, 191 pages.
Event planner extraordinaire David Tutera has produced fabulous events for everyone from the Prince of Wales, to The Rolling Stones, to captains of industry. In his book, A Passion for Parties, Tutera takes you behind the scenes and reveals the magic that he creates for his events, whether it's for a formal wedding, a children's party, a Christmas to remember or an afternoon party for that pampered pet. With beautiful, full page photos of some of the events he has worked on (he discreetly doesn't say the actual name of the host, but we did spot pics of President George W. Bush, Joan Rivers and Bill Cosby as part of the birthday decorations for somebody's birthday bash -- Tutera loves photo montages for birthday parties) the book is as visually appealing as it is useful.
Tutera takes you by the hand and leads you through everything: setting the budget, working with vendors, contract tips (very important!), invitations, menu, drinks, decorations, the guest list and everything else associated with giving the perfect party. In addition to the text, "Tutera Tips" are sprinkled throughout the book, giving extra bits of helpful advice. This is a lovely volume which anyone who entertains should have on his bookshelf.
A Passion for Parties: Your Guide to Elegant Entertaining is available for purchase on Amazon.com
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This review was published in the February, 2002 of The Internet Writing Journal.
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