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 The Party Planner David Tutera is a highly regarded event designer whose clients have included Elton John, Barbara Walters, Star Jones, and Susan Lucci. He is also the host of a new one-hour, twice-daily program on the Discovery Channel, Party Planner with David Tutera, that debuts in January 2005. On the show, Tutera lends his expertise to people looking to throw an unforgettable party on an everyday budget. Tutera brings a fresh, original twist to holiday parties while retaining time-honored traditions. He demonstrates novel and affordable—yet utterly sophisticated—approaches to special occasions, holiday and cocktail parties, and dinner parties. In this heavily illustrated book of the same name, each chapter covers a different party that will also be aired on the show. Tutera emphasizes addressing all five senses—the taste, the look, the sound, the scent, and the touch—of every event. Also included are “Tutera Tips” for invitations, entertainment, decor, menu ideas, table settings, and floral arrangements. David Tutera is already a noted name, but THE PARTY PLANNER will bring his reputation and signature approach in entertaining to a broad new audience.
  Date Published 4/27/2005

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Rated By: ct_texan
From: Connecticut
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Comments: incredible
The photos are incredible, the writing is spectacular. There are tons of ideas for anyone interested in any kind of party. This is a MUST!!!
Rated By: M. Bolognese
From: Middletown, NJ
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Comments: So Helpful!!
The atmosphere that David creates for every one of his parties is absolutely amazing! He has every base covered, from all of the five senses to the helpful Tutera Tips on every party highlighted in the book. When first looking at the photos I thought that these parties were out of reach for me to re-create, but he shows you how easy it is to create certain staples of the parties. This book was so helpful in pointing out the little things that most people forget in throwing a party, but things which are important to helping the event run smoothly for the host and the guests. Even if you haven't thrown a party before, this book will take you step by step through a fantastic event!
Rated By: Trish
From: New York City
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Comments: Star Jones' Wedding Planner
I just knew that I had to run out and buy THE PARTY PLANNER after reading every last delicious detail of Star Jones' wedding! David Tutera planned her wedding as well as parties for countless celebrities like Jennifer Lopez! And Elton John! Heck, if David is good enough for the top celebrities in the world, then he's good enough for me! In this book he teaches how I can throw a fabulous party even while on a budget. The photos are great and really shows you how the look comes together. Best of all, there are some yummy drink recipes that all of my friends loved. Another great book by David Tutera!
Rated By: busy book
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Comments: King of kitsch
While this book has a few good ideas that would be helpful to the party novice, the photos of proposed parties are over the top and not very elegant or classy. Very overdone decorating with no subtelty. Save your money!
Rated By: CS_Carver
From: Raleigh, NC
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Comments: Grain of salt
My questions on reading this book were, "who GOES to these parties?" and "who THROWS these parties?" If you can get your mind around those questions, the book is useful.

Point: These parties are expensive. Period. Forget "budget" in any shape, even if you are spray painting your own lanterns laquer red for a Chinese New Year's party, or making table decorations from ToysRUs toys. You could feed a family or two in India for a year with the budget for ANY of the parties in this book, and that might just bother you.

However: I liked this book better than any other party planning book I've ever flipped through because it's about PLANNING, not cooking. He doesn't waste space on recipes, and except in one instance, only gives menu suggestions. I don't cook. My parties are catered from Sam's Club, or potluck. I don't need recipes. I DO need help with thinking through the planning, and suggestions for creating an atmosphere, and pulling it all together to make a memorable event on a $200 budget, and David has suggestions a-plenty. I will definitely do more with my invitations come my next garden party in June.

I hope the people who attend these parties really do have a warm wonderful intimate time. It's also possible they go home and think, "OK, I have to double the budget for MY next party to top that..." But I think that if I dragged David to WalMart with my budget and my guest list, he'd be able to do a pretty respectable job, and that's the sign of a good party planner.
Rated By: Vannie(~.~)
From: South Orange, New Jersey
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Comments: Get Ready to Party
In The Party Planner, David Tutera shares his event and party planning expertise on paper as well as he does on his Disney Channel television show "The Party Planner with David Tutera".

This book reads like Tutera is sitting in your living room talking to you about your next event. He becomes that involved. You can almost hear him explaining that each of the five senses he brings into play are necessary to make your party work. He talks about the look, the scent, the touch, the taste and the music. Each component is important and relative to the other. For instance for a dinner party he calls Ya-Ya Sisterhood, a beautiful outdoor garden party is planned with pale colors, lots of flowers and delicate china. I admit that this touches my southern girl heart. Among the music he suggests is Bette Midler's "Miss Otis Regrets". Tutera's attention to small details can make any party special; he bought wind chimes for the garden.

Several of the party ideas are a bit lavish for modest pockets but most of his ideas can be reasonably adapted. You will find that you don't always find a 'how-to' after an idea or tip has been given. However, that's not a real problem because the photographs by Charles and Jennifer Maring, are not only beautiful they also give you guidance.

David Tutera appears on ABC's The View as contributing entertaining expert. His clients include Star Jones and Elton John. However, if you have a question concerning your next party you can talk to Tutera online in the The Party Planner forum on the Discovery Channel.

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