“I grew up in rural Nebraska – literally in the middle of nowhere – yet my parents managed to carve out a pretty sophisticated lifestyle for themselves. Each month, they hosted a black-tie dinner party, for which my mother cooked a beautiful meal – on her own, without any help.
She bought fresh, seasonal flowers, which she arranged, simply, but neatly.
The table was set with one of her many collections of china, silver, and freshly ironed linen tableclothes and napkins. Nothing was showy – just elegant and comfortable.”
For all of us who aren’t like Mrs. Nye, Flair: Exquisite Invitations, Lush Flowers and Gorgeous Table Settings by her fabulously talented son, Joe, is a party thrower’s must-have. Needless to say, with the holiday season just a few months away, our copy is becoming dog-eared.
Not only does Joe cover the important aspects of table settings, invitations, party favors and flowers, but he shares a few short-cuts (grocery store blooms – oh my!) and quick fixes (pre-printed invitations – gasp!) to create a memorable event.
Joe believes that as a host, it’s easy to forget that “thoughtful” and “lovely” aren’t the same as “perfect” – so get out your water pitchers for your bouquets and serve your soup out of coffee cups… but be careful never to equate casual with sloppy.
This book is a gem, a page-turner filled with beautiful pictures and practical suggestions and a wonderful source of inspiration for us all. In our minds, Joe Nye is the Party Guy!
P.S. He’s also the Interior Guy (just in case you didn’t know!)