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Flair: Exquisite Invitations, Lush Flowers, and Gorgeous Table Settings

Written by Joe Nye and Caitlin Leffel, Photographed by Edmund Barr

  • April 6, 2010
  • Hardcover
  • Cooking - Entertaining
  • Rizzoli
  • 8 x 8
  • $29.95
  • $37.00
  • 978-0-8478-3317-7

About This Book

Inspirational ideas for throwing the perfect party from L.A. interior designer and party planner Joe Nye.

Clients and friends turn to Joe Nye for his advice on gracious living, in particular how to create a smashing get-together. Flair covers three aspects of party planning that can make an event shine—flowers, paper components, and the table setting. In each section, Nye gives inspirational ideas and tips on how to make the most of these decorative elements for any type of occasion. Beautiful photographs of several diverse settings—a breezy beach cocktail gathering, a casual red, white, and blue patriotic sit-down, a pastel-hued ladies’ luncheon, and an elegant black-and-white supper—show how to achieve winning possibilities that can be pulled off with ease. Nye always throws in fun, unexpected elements, such as serving soup in antique finger bowls from the flea market and personal accents that make for a truly memorable event. The book covers topics such as when to use paper napkins, how to make flowers last longer, and host/hostess etiquette. A shopping resource completes this charming guide for those who relish the joy of entertaining.

About the Author

Neo-traditional interior designer Joe Nye is one of L.A.’s lifestyle gurus, whose many talents include entertaining with esprit. His interiors have appeared in many publications. Nye lectures frequently at garden clubs and women’s organizations around the country. Edmund Barr is a lifestyle photographer based in Los Angeles. Caitlin Leffel is a writer and co-author of two books, including The Best Things to Do in New York.

Reviews

  • "For moms looking for unusual ways to turn their parties into drop-dead-gorgeous events." ~Entertainment Weekly

    "Flair...is a thoughtful, chic and comprehensive guide to all sorts of entertaining...Who better than Joe Nye, our modern-day traditionalist, to guide you through your next soiree!" ~Balustrade & Bitter

    "Beautiful photographs...bring the book to life...charming guide for those who relish the joy of entertaining." ~AlltheBestBlog.com

    "Flair is the next best thing to an invitation to one of the designer’s talked-about parties. The flowers are breathtaking, the tables stunning, and there is a really useful 'giftbag' in the form of a well-researched resource guide and Nye’s advice on everything from how to create a quick invitation to the best way to polish silver." ~Fetch Magazine

    "I love the new entertaining book, Flair, by legendary interior designer Joey Nye... the book is filled with practical, affordable takeaway ideas that could be applied to any decorating setup." ~Garden & Gun Magazine
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