Cooking & Entertaining

You're Invited: Classic, Elegant Entertaining

In her first book, noted hostess Stephanie Booth Shafran shares her secrets for planning and giving brilliantly executed parties at home.

Taking at-home entertaining to an entirely new level, sophisticated L.A. hostess Stephanie Booth Shafran--recently named by the Salonniere as one of the top hostesses in Los Angeles--has a gift for celebration. From the table settings to the decor to the color-coordinated menus, every party she hosts showcases a myriad of inspired elements. In her first book, she shows readers how to set the stage for eight parties, from an elegant housewarming in her Jeffrey Bilhuber-decorated home to a classic California pool party to a festive Christmas brunch. She also shares advice on palette creation--blue and white for a ladies' charity luncheon, and deep burgundies for a gentleman's wine and cigar party. Each chapter ends with tips for that theme, whether it is entertaining alfresco or having parties for a charitable purpose. Shafran also includes a guide to her party essentials: inspiration, invitations, flowers, tablescape, linens, seating, the bar, and select recipes.

About The Author

Stephanie Booth Shafran is a fifth-generation Angeleno and is one of Los Angeles's preeminent hostesses. She serves on the board of UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital and is a member of the Colleagues, support group of CII, Children's Institute Inc. She and her family divide their time between Los Angeles, New York City, and Sun Valley, Idaho. Preeminent American decorator Jeffrey Bilhuber is the author of four books, including Everyday Decorating. Celebrated photographers Gemma and Andrew Ingalls are the authors of In Full Flower.

  • Publish Date: February 18, 2020
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Category: Cooking - Entertaining
  • Publisher: Rizzoli
  • Trim Size: 9 x 11
  • Pages: 240
  • US Price: $55.00
  • CDN Price: $75.00
  • ISBN: 978-0-8478-6371-6


"From the flowers to the menu, entertaining expert Stephanie Booth Shafran shares tips for a chic and easy celebration this spring." —GALERIE MAGAZINE 

“Entertaining Master Stephanie Booth Shafran Brings Zodiac-Filled Fun to Her New Year's Dinner Party…Finally, an out-of-this-world party that all signs will enjoy.”
“Her refined eye for aesthetics—influenced by a love of fashion, architecture and interior design — enables Shafran to create transformative settings for friends and loved ones.”
C Magazine

“You’re invited into the world of classic, elegant entertaining by Stephanie Booth Shafran. Peek into the breathtaking houses, apartments, and rooms I’ve created for this world-class hostess and client who has a ‘gift for celebration.’ The book is a triumph (with a foreword by yours truly).” 
—Jeffrey Bilhuber, author of Everyday Decorating

“At this time of year, I’m always looking for spring inspiration in fashion, decor and entertaining. Just in time os this gorgeous book, You’re Invited: Classic, Elegant Entertaining by Stephanie Booth Shafran. In this beautifully photographed book, Stephanie shares her secrets for perfect parties and takes the art of entertaining to new heights. I highly recommend it for your coffee table!”
—Elisha Daniels, luxury fashion stylist

“This new book, You’re Invited by Stephanie Booth Shafran just came out. It's absolutely gorgeous. Even the cover looks like a vacation! This is a book you’re really going to want to curl up with, savor every page. It's full of beautiful photography, great entertaining tips and even if you’re not planning a party after you’ve read this book, you’ll want to. It's very inspirational and just beautiful.”
—Kristy Harvey, author of Slightly South of Simple

“Glorious new book in #mylifetimelibrary. A preview copy of Stephanie Booth Shafran’s handsome first book, ‘You’re Invited Classic Elegant Entertaining’ has just arrived and it is dazzling. Stephanie, a fifth generation Angeleno and philanthropist, has created the entertaining book that will be an essential reference for recipes, flowers, decor and encouragement. Her inspired entertaining, often to raise funds for LA and New York charities, is glamorous, colorful, vivid. Her flowers on tables and throughout the house and garden are lavish, seasonal, abundant. This is classic entertaining for today, inspired by her parents’ glamorous evenings with ‘Perfumed ladies with beehive hairdos and flowing silk Halston dresses, with Bobby Short at the piano’, that Stephanie recalls fondly. Illustrated are her recent chic dinners high above Central Park, LA family holidays, Pucci by the pool, birthday parties, a ladies’ charity luncheon, all superbly orchestrated with monogrammed linens, tall tapered candles, simple wine glasses, scrolled menus. Stephanie’s longtime decorator Jeffrey Bilhuber created beautifully polished and classic settings for Stephanie’s celebrations. Jeffrey also wrote the book introduction. The book is inspired and generous , and full of menu tips, cocktails, food and wine pairing, lists of resources and ideas. Written with Kathryn O’Shea-Evans. Luscious and inspired photography by the fabulously talented Andrew and Gemma Ingalls. Welcome to Stephanie’s world, where every creative person is generously acknowledged, thanked and honored. Bravo, Stephanie.”
—Diane Dorrans Saeks, The Style Saloniste

Author Bookshelf: Gemma Ingalls

Author Bookshelf: Andrew Ingalls

Author Bookshelf: Jeffrey Bilhuber