BOOK REVIEW :: 3 Books For Entertaining

I’ve collected cookbooks and books on entertaining for years and even though I love the Internet for daily inspiration, there’s still nothing quite like curling up with a book in hand and perusing it’s pages while curled up in a comfy chair. Today I have 3 books to tell you about.  With this trio you’ll get a beautiful coffee table style book on entertaining, a trendy recipe book, and a book filled with useful tips on home, entertaining, and more recipes. Here’s what we have…

  • First up is the new book from HGTV star, Monica Pedersen. Make It Beautiful is her collection of sophisticated themed parties from the perspective of an interior designer. I love watching Monica on the show, Bang for your Buck, and her style is as classic and elegant as she is. Inside you’ll find a fun pink & zebra print baby shower, a casual graduation party, rustic dinner party, Christmas party, and many more ideas in between. This book is full of photos too which is a major plus.

  • Secondly, Thoroughly Modern Milkshakes by Adam Ried is a fun addition to any home entertainers bookshelf. It is filled with flavor combinations you never would have thought of from healthy to decadent to exotic. These recipes are certainly geared more for adults than kids, and some I’d like to try are the Strawberry Basil shake, Bananas Foster shake, and the Coffee Hazelnut shake. Mmmmm.

  • Finally, the book Home Made Simple is a great homemakers reference book. Not only is it filled with recipes and party ideas, but it also has great advice on home decor, gardening, and organizing the home. Another good addition to your library.

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About Chris

Chris Nease is a party stylist and home entertaining expert with over 15 years of experience. In addition to her work as founding editor of Celebrations At Home, Chris is an editorial stylist and has contributed to, SheKnows, and countless other websites. Most recently she was featured in Celebrate magazine, and her work has been published in Woman's World, Ocala Style, Yum Food & Fun for Kids, and Cottages & Bungalows.


  1. i follow for great party inspiration! there is always a reason to celebrate!

  2. I love to have friends at home and those books would make it easier !

  3. I follow Celebrations at Home for unique, whimsical ideas that take entertaining to the next level!

  4. Your calm demeanor and the way you present your subject regarding a personal entertainment and life that causes reason to celebrate. Also it just makes me happy to read your site.

  5. Rochelle McClure says:

    These look amazing! I could use some tips!

  6. Love this prize! Would love to win!

  7. Jessica fifer says:

    These look like great book!

  8. What a great combination of books for a giveaway! I’m interested in all of them and would love a chance to try new milkshake flavor combinations! :)

  9. that milkshake book looks like a fabulous find!!

  10. I follow Celebrations at Home because Chris is an awesome party planner and decorator. I love her details, her sense of whimsy and humor she infuses in to her parties and her creative ideas. I heart Chris.

  11. I love following CAH because of the inspiration Chris provides. I feel her ideas are beautiful and realistic (something your average person can actually do and afford!).

  12. I follow CAH because of all of the fabulous ideas she shares. I have so many of her ideas bookmarked for upcoming events. I’m sure my guest will be RAVING once they see with I’ve put together with CAH’s help.

  13. I follow Celebrations at Home for all of the great party ideas and amazing design inspiration!! I’d love to add these awesome books to my collection!

  14. I follow because I like to get inspiration for hosting events :-)

  15. I follow it for all of the inspiration, beautiful photography and invaluable tips!

  16. danielle christine says:

    I’m a huge theme party lover and your blog has great ideas for every theme and every budget !

  17. I love seeing your posts on celebrations, I am a budding event planner specializing in children’s parties and small intimate gatherings. I LOVE YOUR STYLE!

  18. Melinda T says:

    I follow CAH for inspiration, ideas and the pretty photos!

  19. I follow Celebrations at Home for inspiration! :)

  20. i follow CAH because Chris has amazing style!

  21. Roxanne R. says:

    I love the unique ideas that I can use for my own home celebrations!

  22. i follow because you have so many grat ideas and stuff to do and make and how to give an excellant party

  23. Love to find inspiration for so many different things!

  24. Crystal Hanan says:

    I follow CAH to find inspiration, resources, and the pure pleasure of “hanging out ” with some incredibly creatively talented and.creative folks who share my interests!

  25. I follow CAH to follow the most creative people ever who really know how to throw glamorous get togethers.

  26. I love following CAH due to how frewuently it is updated! Always full of fresh ideas to keep my creativity (and procrastination) flowing!

  27. I follow to keep up with party trends and to look at cute pictures.

  28. I love all the new ideas!! I am always inspired by the beautiful photos. Thank you for sharing your creativity!

  29. I follow because of your AWESOME entertaining inspiration

  30. I follow your blog for all the lovely ideas and inspriations for party decorating and color coordinating. I also like to see the use of certain props, tablescape idea’s, and layouts and also use of color and backdrops.

  31. I love to see the beautiful ideas that others are able to come up with. Creativity is such an inspiration!

  32. Thank you for your lovely ideas !!! In your Blog i can find beautiful inspirations everyday … and really easy to create. Grazie tantissimo !!!

  33. with all your ideas and inspirations my home is more “comfortable” for us and my friends

  34. I follow Celebrations At Home because you have great ideas. Everything looks so pretty and you have ideas I can use in my own life. Thanks for the giveaway.

  35. I follow CAH because of the amazing ideas, the beautiful and inspiring photographs, and because entertaining is a passion of mine and so few people truly do it right the way CAH does.

  36. I follow CAH because your ideas are beautiful, unique and inspiring. I love to entertain so winning these books would be so fun!

  37. I follow for inspiration!

  38. I follow Celebrations at Home and get on my inbox so I won’t miss the beautiful posts and inspirations!

  39. Stephanie E. says:

    I love all your great party ideas!

  40. I follow because this site is always so pretty with lots of ideas!

  41. I follow for great party inspiration! :)

  42. Christine says:

    I follow for the great ideas!

  43. Ruth Allmart says:

    I love to follow CAH because you have such original ideas that we can all recreate at home. Your ideas are fun and creative. These books look amazing, I need to put them on my wish list :) Thanks for the chance to win them!

  44. I absolutely love the great ideas you share for entertaining :)

  45. I love all the inspiration- great source for unique and creative ideas ;)

  46. I follow for great new ideas and inspiration.

  47. I follow this because I have no design sense and this helps me tons

  48. CAH is just amazing inspiration for anything party related!

  49. Love seeing all your ideas for entertaining. Adore Monica Pederson and these books look fantastic!

  50. Elizabeth says:

    I follow Celebrations at Home because of all your fabulous ideas for at home parties!

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