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Picture Perfect Parties with Annette Joseph

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Holiday Cocktail Open House; courtesy Picture Perfect Parties (Rizzoli)

We often hear friends say, “I have so many cookbooks; I just don’t need another.” We agree that you shouldn’t clutter up your kitchen with any old cookbook, but Annette Joseph’s Picture Perfect Parties is not just “another.” From the woman whose motto is “Make it simple and make it gorgeous,” Picture Perfect Parties is a glorious mash-up of recipes, decorating ideas, crafty DIY projects, and lots of terrific insider tips for planning the perfect—and stress-free—get-together.

Annette, a longtime food stylist and lifestyle expert featured on the likes of the Today show, Martha Stewart Sirius Radio, and top shelter magazines and blogs, has put together 16 parties based on seasons and holidays—from a spring garden party and a Cinco de Mayo celebration to a winter holiday open house and a comfort food get-together. Each contains its own menu with recipes, a complete list of needed items to transform your table (from serving pieces to fabric and flowers), and easy DIYs that will instantly turn up the volume on your party decorations.

We love that Annette focuses on using items you already have on hand, and the recipes are uncomplicated yet flavorful. We also have to give Annette major props for her décor choices: she is not afraid of color, and doesn’t rely on a spare, neutral table to create drama. And let’s not forget all the juicy little sidebars on topics like building your party pantry, secrets for styling your food, and building a festive playlist. These make Picture Perfect Parties inspiring yet accessible, and budget-friendly to boot.

Pick up a copy today. We guarantee you’ll get lost in the browsing, and will have a hard time choosing which dinner party to try first.


Grilled Asparagus with Mandarin Oil; courtesy Picture Perfect Parties (Rizzoli)


Oven-Baked Polenta with Tomato Sauce; courtesy Picture Perfect Parties (Rizzoli)


Memorial Day Cookout elements; courtesy Picture Perfect Parties (Rizzoli)


Thanksgiving Celebration elements; courtesy Picture Perfect Parties (Rizzoli)


PB&J Thumbprint Cookies; courtesy Picture Perfect Parties (Rizzoli)


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