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2010 - Volume 1 Issue 1
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Simple Stunning Parties at Home
 -By Karen Bussen
  ISBN# 978-1-58479-674-9

What better way to fill a home with family and friends than by entertaining, but sometimes you may not know where to start. Fortunately for anyone wanting to open their doors for some fun, renowned party planner Karen Bussen offers Simple Stunning Parties at Home, a complete guide to everything you need to know for a get-together.

    This reviewed book is available from and booksellers everywhere.
Simple Stunning Parties at Home offers 12 different party plans complete with menus, wine pairings and even suggestions for décor and music. Want to have a Game Night Get Together – Karen can tell you how to make hot wings with pineapple glaze and creamy blue cheese dip to serve while you play a quick team trivia challenge during commercial breaks. Or, how about a Herbal Essences Elegant Market Tasting dinner party where you find out how to make cucumber Raita with dill and Lavender Panna Cotta for every foodie’s fantasy. From a Latin Spice cocktail gathering to a Zen Ladies’ Night, Karen helps make living a lot more fun.

This book is filled with 75 recipes for drinks, hors d’oeuvres, entrees, side dishes and sweets and complements each chapter with 120 photos of stunning party details shot by William Geddes. Resources for party supplies, websites and ecofriendly products are included as well as gift projects and ideas for hosts and guests.

Karen has been featured on Inside Edition, Home Made Easy and the CBS Early Show and is the author of five books in her Simple Stunning Wedding series.

Cooking. Drinking. Entertaining. There’s a site for that.

Cooking and entertaining are sometimes hobbies, oftentimes consuming and almost always rewarding to those who find some sort of thrill in being in the kitchen and among friends. Whether trying to find the best crème brulée recipe for that special evening or an amazing restaurant to meet at for dinner, having a resource for answers is a lifesaver. Below are three must-have resources that are helpful and pleasurable when it comes to finding the best in cooking, drinking and entertaining.

CHOW - - CHOW offers need to know advice on everything from how to cook, what gadgets to have in the kitchen, what kind of party to throw and where to eat with everything the World Wide Web has to offer, including audio, video, copy and interactive boards. The site is updated daily with new recipes, instruction, news, entertainment, discussion and advice. And, with the Chowhound community you can find expert tips and answers to your questions about virtually anything.

The Hungry Diva - - Created by the originator of Diva in a Carry On (, The Hungry Diva explores how to eat.drink.cook.write. From food and drink events to favorite food-related blogs and websites, producer Skarlet Ink provides a welcome release from boring web browsing. Log on to find gourmet recipes that are easier than you think, favorite meals at some of the world’s most distinguished eateries, traveling ideas and specials and peeks into the lives of great chefs. Come hungry!

Paula Deen - - If ya’ll are looking for something southern and delicious, visit Paula Deen’s web site devoted to all things southern. Paula offers food sections that cover things like apron string recipes, bake sale goodies, kitchen basics and southern recipes to die for. Whether you need to know the difference between baking soda and baking powder, want to learn how to make buttermilk or need an amazing recipe for your in-laws’ visit, you are sure to find it at Visitors to the site can also shop in Paula’s store where there are more than 7,000 items for every cooking need. ///
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