If you’ve ever found yourself lost in the aisles of the bookstore, overwhelmed by the gorgeous and intimidating covers of the “Special Occasion” Cookbooks, you’ve come to the right place. While its hard to go wrong with any of the pretty choices at the bookstore, I’ve read, (and studied) most of them and these are some of my absolute favorite entertaining books from some of the experts.
Martha’s Entertaining – While this may not be the most practical guide for those of use with more modest party budgets, it is unbelievably beautiful and inspiring. Almost every single one of the 432 pages features full color photographs of some of Martha’s personal parties and events. Anyone who enjoys her work will appreciate this very personal look into her world.
Barefoot Contessa Parties! – Full disclosure here, I own almost all of Ina Garten’s cookbooks and refer to them on a weekly, if not daily, basis. Her works are flawless – the perfect blend of sophisticated and simple and Parties! is no exception. A great collection of amazing recipes and menus, gorgeous photography and brilliant tips that will leave you exclaiming “Of course! Why didn’t I think of that?”
Real Simple Celebrations – I am always amazed at the clever tips and great ideas from the team at Real Simple and this book definitely delivers. A fantastic resource if you haven’t hosted many parties – even the novice can pull off an amazing bash using their simple to follow plans, recipes and suggestions.
Williams-Sonoma Dinner Parties – Another gorgeous selection complete with seven seasonal menus and step by step instructions to execute a party in classic Williams-Sonoma style. If you’re comfortable in the kitchen, but have never hosted a dinner party, this is a fantastic place to start.
In Style Parties – Want to celebrate like a celebrity but lack the unlimited budget and personal assistants? Learn all the secrets from the A-listers best party and event planners. If you’re an In Style reader, you may already be familiar with their popular party guides and now you can have their best advice all in one place. Over 20 plans from menus to decorations to advice on where to buy the stars favorite party must have.