I finally got my hands on Martha Stewart's Martha's Entertaining: A Year of Celebrations. And it's amazing.
Martha's Entertaining is an inside look at a year's worth of celebrations as planned, coordinated and executed by Martha Stewart. All celebrations were authentic: they were done for that particular holiday/occasion, and nothing was staged. What a refreshing change from the usual magazine schedule...for magazine layouts, they often shoot a feature or story 6-8 months in advance (such as a Christmas scene staged in the month of June). But for this book, the parties and soirees were real events hosted by Martha throughout the year. Awesome!
The book is divided into times of day: Mornings, Afternoons and Evenings. Every single holiday was given its due, from Easter to Halloween to Thanksgiving to Christmas. Several dinner parties, cocktail hours, family breakfasts and picnics are also included, and formats ranged from very formal to completely relaxed.
Martha's Entertaining contains a ton of beautiful pictures about every aspect of each event: the food, guests, decorations, preparations, setting, etc.
A large section at the end of the book contains recipes and how-to instructions. No matter what you are planning, this book is sure to provide an invigorating dose of inspiration.
Have you seen this book? If so, what did you think? I love the glimpse it gave into Martha's life. Everything is so beautiful and it seems totally effortless to make it happen. Though I know better--events are a ton of work, and Martha has an entire staff to do that work for her.
Now, more so than ever, I want to live her life. Or maybe be reincarnated as one of her dogs. Either way, that's a win-win.