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Simple Stunning Parties

If you’ve ever tired of trying to decide where to meet up with a group of friends, Karen Bussen has a solution. Her new book, Simple Stunning Parties at Home, offers creative and, you guessed it, stunning alternatives for the standard dinner party, complete with menus, decoration and music suggestions. Ideas range from casual outdoor barbecues and panini picnics to upscale cocktail gatherings and holiday dinners. Karen offers a wide variety of cuisine preferences, from Indian and Asian curries to tempting, gourmet American finger food. And each themed party provides plenty of pictures for table layouts, plus recommendations on wine, décor and even activities for certain occasions. The book also includes guest and host gift ideas. Keep a pencil and paper handy, you’ll be so inspired after one chapter, you’ll want to start drafting a guest list.

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