Essentially Lilly: A Guide to Colorful Holidays

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HarperCollins, 2005 - Cooking - 224 pages

Lilly Pulitzer has perfected the art of living well -- through her clothes and also by the way she entertains. Her informal elegance and vibrancy exemplify an attitude of "affluence at ease" -- an attitude she shows us how to incorporate into our daily lives. A Guide to Colorful Holidays follows Lilly as she engages her unique Palm Beach style while celebrating good times -- with yummy-good food shared with family and friends -- on a host of festive holidays or, really, on any day of the year. Divided by seasons, the book spills over with Lilly's favorite memories, distinctive recipes, and creative hints for a year's worth of happy celebration.

SPRING brings a festive Mardi Gras party, an Easter brunch, and a Latin-inspired Mother's Day lunch.

SUMMER calls for a Fourth of July beach picnic, the perfect kid's birthday bash, and the ultimate Labor Day weekend house party.

FALL means Halloween, Thanksgiving, and, as a special treat, a birthday supper for Lilly!

WINTER has festivities on Christmas Eve and Christmas morning, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day, plus a romantic Valentine's Day supper dance.

Lilly's is a truly american success story. When she eloped at twenty and moved to Palm Beach, the young Mrs. Pulitzer was noted for the original way she did things -- like having dinner parties in her kitchen, while everyone else entertained formally in their dining rooms.

"What did we care?" Lilly says. "I didn't want to miss out on the fun just because I was cooking." So everyone cha-cha'd into the kitchen and Lilly created a new Palm Beach style that celebrates casual good times, wonderfully prepared food, and laughing with close friends: the recipe for a perfect party.

But as everyone knows, Lilly did more than just have fun. She started a business. Squeezing oranges to make fresh juice in a small shop off tony Worth Avenue caused such a mess that Lilly asked her dressmaker to run up a simple shift in bright colors so that the stains wouldn't show. Her friends liked the shift, asked where they could find it, and voilą! A fashion legend was born.

Now, Lilly wants to share some of her secrets for making holiday entertaining as festive and fun as it can be. Filled with lavish illustrations and lush photographs and featuring an enticing batch of menus, recipes, decorating, and entertaining tips, A Guide to Colorful Holidays is sure to make your festivities sparkle with the color and joie de vivre that Lilly is famous for.

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About the author (2005)

Lilly Pulitzer is the queen of pink and green. As the creator of the dress that bears her name, her effervescent style has clothed three generations of casually chic women. Much loved by all who know her, Lilly lives all year round in her jungle in the middle of Palm Beach.

Jay Mulvaney is an Emmy Award-winning writer and producer whose books include Diana & Jackie: Maidens, Mothers, Myths; Jackie: the Clothes of Camelot; and Kennedy Weddings: A Family Album. He visits Palm Beach often, but lives in New York City.

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