I am a collector of all kinds of books….and I’m someone who loves to entertain…..so, needless to say, I have quite a library of books dedicated to, yes, entertaining….
One of my favorites is Celebrate: A Year of Festivities for Family and Friends by Pippa Middleton (sister of Princess Kate), published in 2012. This book provides many creative ideas for people who enjoy hosting parties, and each one contains recipes, tips, DIY ideas and gorgeous photographs. And for readers from the United States, it is also a bit of a cultural study on life in the UK. For example, I had never heard of the Scottish event called Burns Night, an evening which celebrates the life of poet Robert Burns, and includes a toast to Haggis! It is joy to learn about these unique British traditions.
Pippa comes from a family of party planners and I’m sure that she was able to draw from that expertise when putting the book together (the Middleton’s run an event business in London called Party Pieces). I appreciate her know-how, but even more so, I appreciate the research she put into each chapter of the book. However, it is her charming sense of humor that I enjoyed the most. For example, the first line of the book’s introduction reads:
“It’s a bit startling to achieve global recognition (if that’s the right word) before the age of thirty, on account of your sister, your brother-in-law and your bottom.”
I found the self-deprecation refreshing.
This book would be a great gift for a young couple who enjoys entertaining. It offers plenty of fresh holiday ideas, family-friendly considerations and beautiful party planning inspiration.