Cooking & Entertaining

Soiree: Entertaining with Style

A preeminent hostess and tastemaker invites you to the most chic at-home parties, with detailed descriptions for invitations, flowers, table settings, linens, and more than eighty original recipes. Veranda calls Danielle Rollins a "genuine expert—a natural-born entertainer," and in her first book Rollins invites readers into her world of elegant, accomplished entertaining. Featuring events both intimate (a New Year’s Eve dinner) and grand (a fund-raiser), all fifteen parties emphasize hosting guests with grace and ease at home. The reader will learn how to create a party timeline, how invitations set the tone, and how to plan a menu and gain dozens of ideas for setting festive tables. From signature cocktails (Blood Orange Old Fashioneds, Prosecco with Popsicles) to the imaginative linens, flowers, and menus, Rollins brilliantly executes every detail. From croquet in the garden at the Gatsby Lawn Party (St. Germain Lemonade Cocktails and Victorian Iced Sorbet, with guests in period attire) to a Fall Harvest Chef’s Dinner in the Kitchen, with guests seated cozily around the kitchen island, eating Pork Chops with Stone Ground Grits, the parties are cleverly conceived, flawlessly executed, and fun. Handsomely photographed and filled with the parties of tastemakers such as Oscar de la Renta and Lela Rose plus recipes by esteemed guest chefs, Soirée is an idea-filled resource for those who love to entertain.

About The Author

A contributing editor to Veranda and Southern Living and lifestyle editor for the online magazine LuxeCrush, Danielle Rollins is a tastemaker and trained chef. The cofounder and chair of several charities, she lives in Atlanta.

  • Publish Date: October 02, 2012
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Category: Cooking - Entertaining
  • Publisher: Rizzoli
  • Trim Size: 9 x 11
  • Pages: 240
  • US Price: $50.00
  • CDN Price: $50.00
  • ISBN: 978-0-8478-3873-8


“…a book on entertaining that is truly to be savored. Filled with mouthwatering recipes, exquisite photography and creative themes, Soiree should be in everyone’s home library, kitchen, book shelf or coffee table.” –The Daily Basics

"A visual tribute to the dinner party, entertaining star Danielle Rollins has created a beautiful guide to event planning for the newlywed bride."

"Handsomely photographed and filled with the parties of tastemakers such as Oscar de la Renta and Lela Rose, Soirée is an idea-filled resource for those who love to entertain—just in time for the holiday season." -Winterthur Museum

"...beautiful new coffee table book...Danielle Rollins spills all her secrets on how to throw a classic party. I found it impossible to look through the pages upon pages of gorgeous photos without wondering when my invitation had gotten lost in the mail. Rollins touches upon each aspect of party planning, and describes her “essence of entertaining:” from setting the mood with invitations through making sure each guest is happy upon departure. As she breaks down each different type of expertly planned gathering, Danielle shares her menu, with recipes and cocktails that I’m dying to try." -Martha Stewart Living

"..Danielle Rollins has plenty of ideas for party fare, from smoked fig cocktails and pork vindaloo sliders to vanilla bean Champagne and sticky toffee pudding with cinnamon cream. Whether you can juggle ingredients in the kitchen, make your own centerpieces and serve it with elan is up to you. Somehow, Rollins makes it all look easy in her new book, with lush photos of table settings, floral arrangements and food (as well as recipes and resources) for occasions year-round." -San Francisco Chronicle

"...details on 15 elegantly photographed parties that run the gamut from an afternoon tea to New Years Eve dinner, with food and drink recipes throughout." -Richmond Home Magazine

"..It's a truly beautiful book, the photographs are lovely...great recipes I can utilize, and some great tips from the book for personalizing invitations, place cards, etc, to offer some nice twists to a budget-friendly gathering. It was fun to read the stories from the parties, even including some last minute emergency alterations that actually improved the already well-planned shindigs." -Mission:Food blog

“Nothing goes unaccounted for in this book; it’s a guide to guarantee that flawless is in attendance, no matter the scale of the event.” -Society Diaries
“The sumptuous spreads, complete with 80-plus unique recipes and behind-the-scenes footnotes, are simply breathtaking, offering a swoon-worthy view through the Looking-Glass.” -Southern Seasons

Author Bookshelf: Danielle Rollins