Party Like a Rock Star: A Celebrity Party Planner's Tips and Tricks for Throwing an Unforgettable Bash

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Rowman & Littlefield, Oct 1, 2009 - Cooking - 232 pages

A top Hollywood party planner on how to design a wide range of fabulous fêtes

Jes Gordon knows that girls just want to have fun. In Party Like A Rock Star, she shows them how. Gordon—a party-planner extraordinaire who has helmed events for the likes of Madonna, Barbra Streisand, Nicolas Cage, and Jennifer Lopez—presents a fun, comprehensive guide to event planning that reveals her tried-and-true secrets, culled over twenty years in the biz. With color photos throughout, but with step-by-step details that make the book much more than another impossibly perfect photo shoot, Gordon shows readers exactly how to create a unique event, one that reflects their own personalities and individual aesthetics. This hip, easy-to-follow guide will transform anyone's approach to entertaining—from birthday parties to baby showers to anniversaries. Topics include:

*Creating a concept for any party—a concept that reflects you

*How to budget—from a small soiree to a big bash

*Stocking a home bar and whipping up smart cocktails

*Whetting guests' appetites—with insider secrets from chefs

*Being a flawless host—or guest

*Etiquette guidelines and gift ideas

*How to produce a party from beginning to end—colorful case studies and detailed instructions


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CHAPTER 1 Why Do This Thang?
CHAPTER 2 Right on the Money Making a Budget
CHAPTER 3 The Concept Your Partys Raison dÊtre
CHAPTER 4 Location Location Location Where to Party?
CHAPTER 5 Invitations Or I Never Knew Paper Could Be So Expensive
CHAPTER 6 Design Bringing Your Wacky Ideas to Life
CHAPTER 7 Music and Entertainment Lets Get This Party Started
CHAPTER 8 Food and Drink The Real Reason Everyone Shows Up at Your Party
CHAPTER 9 A Toast to the Host
CHAPTER 10 After the Partys Over

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Jes Gordon has been one of the leading event designers and producers in New York City and Los Angeles since 1992, with numerous private commissions from celebrities; she has also designed events for a range of corporate clients. She is the owner of jesGORDON/properFUN (


Jessica Baumgardner has written for Good, Glamour, the Washington Post, and Time Out New York

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