by DeJuan Stroud
A fresh guide to entertaining, with a focus on tabletop and floral design, from event designer DeJuan Stroud.
Growing up in Alabama, celebrity event designer DeJuan Stroud cut his teeth helping his grandmother in her garden. Today he is known for elegant weddings and movie premieres, but his dream is to inspire and encourage everyone to bring flowers and beauty into their lives in an effortless way. In his first book, he shares the principles that inform his large-scale events, principles that can just as easily be applied to home entertaining; make it welcoming; make it beautiful; pay attention to details. Featuring seventeen at-home celebrations, the book is a feast of inventive table settings, striking centerpieces, and simple floral projects. The party themes range widely from a Venetian-inspired birthday dinner party with dramatic ribbon poles to a boldly graphic bridal shower to Christmas in the country using fruits, spices, and herbs, but each one emphasizes the joy of celebrating life's day-to-day occasions.
From conquering flower “stem fear” to learning how to map a table, Stroud demystifies the art of the tabletop, emphasizing above all his love for flowers, from the humble to the exotic. Readers will be inspired to create striking arrangements, set a beautiful table, and create decor for simple or grand occasions, to mark the moment – for a lifetime.
Hardcover. 224 pages.
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