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Annette Joseph, Today Show entertaining expert, knows how
to throw a party. Her motto: Make it simple and make it gorgeous! She
is able to combine down-to-earth gusto with do-it-yourself brilliance to
create an entertaining cookbook for people who want to entertain more
and with panache. PICTURE PERFECT PARTIES provides an arsenal of
tricks for a year’s worth of get-togethers, holidays, and special
occasions—including Easter brunch, Cinco de Mayo, summer
grill-outs, picnics and barbecues, holiday cocktails, and the Super
Bowl— guaranteed to make at-home entertaining easy. Annette
Joseph’s tasty recipes and fool-proof advice will ensure that you
can throw parties with a sense of ease and flair.
Joseph is able
to show readers how to ingeniously transform the ordinary into the
extraordinary without spending a lot of money, and without sacrificing
style. Each chapter of PICTURE PERFECT PARTIESshows how to create
a total environment around a unique theme. The recipes and menus are
not only delicious, and focused on seasonal ingredients, but are
designed so that they can be made in advance and portioned
individually—a time-management must for the host or hostess. Among
the recipes, you will find some that will become everyday favorites,
such as White Bean Farro Soup, Parmesan Crisps, Lemony Risotto, and
Tuscan Sweet and Sour Kale. Sidebars sprinkled throughout give
step-by-step instructions for the inventive trappings that make an event
memorable, such as centerpieces, place cards, takeaway containers, and
linens. From simple to lavish, PICTURE PERFECT PARTIES delivers
brilliant solutions to create fabulous parties.

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Reviews for Picture Perfect Parties: Annette Joseph's Stylish Solutions for Entertaining:

5

October 2, 2013

Lovely
I had a chance to sit down and really pour over my copy last night and it is a gorgeous book and I love the way it is set up for an entire party in each section. If you haven't picked one up yet I highly highly recommend it. It will be my "go to" gift this holiday season. Annette can't even imagine how over the moon you must be to see all of your amazing ideas in such a beautiful bound package.
3

February 7, 2014

A nice book with party ideas
Although the ideas look easy, maybe they are too easy. Recipes are scrumptious and are arranged by party idea. I'm happy I have the book, just not in love with it...
2

January 12, 2016

Just okay
I expected more from this. It had nice pictures but I really did not find anything inspiring.
5

January 18, 2014

Beautifully Simple
Absolutely adore this book. It's not only beautiful and inspiring to look at but the ideas and recipes are simple enough to actually do. Even if you do just one small element from a party plan, that would be enough to make your party special. This is sure to be my favorite party book ever. I can't wait to get started.
4

March 9, 2014

Buy this book
I love the recipes and all the place setting and decorating ideas. I bought one as a gift because it is such a good book.
I had I hoped for more simple ideas on decorating a table but there were enough.
I tried the the lemoncello dessert and it was excellent.
4

January 20, 2014

Party book
It is a nice addition to my recipe/entertaining books with new ideas. I love it and will share with my daughter who has already borrowed it.
5

Apr 24, 2015

Read my full review here: http://ivoryowlreviews.blogspot.com/2...

Annette Joseph's Picture Perfect Parties combines menus, recipes, and party planning in one gorgeous place. After years of friends suggesting she write a book to share her talents, she did just that and we should all be thankful. In her introduction she states what she wishes this book to accomplish:
"With this book, I want to share with you what I have learned styling and hosting hundreds of dinner parties--my 'tricks of the Read my full review here: http://ivoryowlreviews.blogspot.com/2...

Annette Joseph's Picture Perfect Parties combines menus, recipes, and party planning in one gorgeous place. After years of friends suggesting she write a book to share her talents, she did just that and we should all be thankful. In her introduction she states what she wishes this book to accomplish:
"With this book, I want to share with you what I have learned styling and hosting hundreds of dinner parties--my 'tricks of the trade' for planning and setting the stage for a party, choosing the tastiest (and easiest) dishes to serve, and giving parties that are as fun and lovely for you as they are for your guests.".....

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5

August 8, 2017

Good Eats and Great Idea's!!!
Really enjoy the book and the ideas. I collect party/entertaining cookbooks, and read them like a novel. This book has several good ideas for decor, etc., the recipe's look great but are more involved than I have the time for, are probably too difficult for a kitchen novice.
5

September 8, 2018

Five Stars
Good read
5

November 18, 2015

Five Stars
Beautiful Book and Great Advice!
5

September 21, 2015

Five Stars
Great book in excellent shape
5

October 9, 2013

So easy to understand!
Besides the recipes being easy to follow and I recognized the ingredients because sometimes I can't even pronounce them, the directions for the tablescapes were a breeze to understand. Love this book!
3

January 30, 2016

Three Stars
like it, good ideas
4

March 7, 2014

Fun ideas!
Book has a lot of fun ideas for decorating and entertaining. Beautifully photographed. Will be putting some ideas to use very soon.
1

August 25, 2014

One Star
Not great.
3

September 10, 2016

Rustic and a few ideas
I'd give this book a 3 star rating. Very rustic in ideas which I like. Recipes are very basic not special. What I like most is how the food is displayed in different rustic containers. You need a lot of them in your pantry. Doesn't do much with flowers. Doesn't really show finish tables for a party. You get some ideas but not much.
3

August 28, 2014

but not bad. Would not recommend
Not exactly what I was expecting, but not bad. Would not recommend.
3

July 3, 2014

PICTURE PERFECT
Great pictures and ideas, but not enough recipes to sink my teeth into.
3

October 25, 2013

It's Okay
Nice book. I guess I just expected more from the ad I saw in Better Homes and Gardens. I bought it for decorating ideas. Probably could have searched the web and got what I needed.
5

May 5, 2019

Beautiful book with delicious fun recipes and wonderful ideas for serving setting a beautiful table
I was was gifted this beautiful book and have enjoyed using it so much. I love to entertain and have used at least five of the sections when hosting parties. Anette's ideas for styling are easy and creative and her recipes are delicious! Picture perfect parties is my favorite cooking and entertaining tool!!
5

March 30, 2016

Five Stars
Great book! Pics are awesome! The Video on the content promisses a little more though..Nice purchase!
5

March 30, 2016

Beautifully written and photographed
Beautifully written and photographed. A treasure in my library and glad I have this as a resource for event planning
5

February 4, 2016

Five Stars
Beautiful book with imaginative party details.
5

May 7, 2015

Create Your Own Picture Perfect Party With Ease
Oh, so inspiring! Great recipes and lovely photos filled with ideas for creating a special dinner party.
5

April 24, 2015

An Absolute "Must Have" for Party Planning
Annette Joseph's Picture Perfect Parties combines menus, recipes, and party planning in one gorgeous place. After years of friends suggesting she write a book to share her talents, she did just that and we should all be thankful. In her introduction she states what she wishes this book to accomplish:
"With this book, I want to share with you what I have learned styling and hosting hundreds of dinner parties--my 'tricks of the trade' for planning and setting the stage for a party, choosing the tastiest (and easiest) dishes to serve, and giving parties that are as fun and lovely for you as they are for your guests."
From suggestions on pantry essentials to styling secrets for each of the sixteen seasonal parties she features, Joseph will help you create a lovely event for you and your guests. I haven't tried any of the recipes yet but I only just received this book. I'm going to try my hand at a few and I'll be sure to add to this post when I do. This book has also greatly inspired me to begin taking my photography a bit more seriously. I love to snap photos on my iPhone and post to Instagram, etc., but I don't ever use my "real" camera...except today! The photo above is by yours truly, not too bad for a beginner if I do say so myself. Picture Perfect Parties is bound to inspire you as well, whether it be to try a new recipe, a new centerpiece, or invite over a few friends and try one of the great party themes Joseph suggests. Just don't forget to send me my invite!

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