Stylish entertaining doesn’t require perfection. It’s not about flawlessly polished tableware or professionally arranged florals—it’s about the small, creative touches that make each event unique.
This uniquely informative entertaining/hosting guide combines stylishly practical advice along with gorgeous photos as well as personal essays & ideas from tastemaker, award-winning retailer, best-selling author and daily blogger Ted Kennedy Watson. Like a trusted friend, he invites you into his homes and shares his secrets honed over the years that are sure to bring you much success and as he would stress, happiness, as you host your next gatherings. Both inspiring and highly ‘doable’ his book is brimming with Ted’s trademark tips that is destined to become a classic. Whether starting out or a seasoned entertaining pro, his latest book is a treasure trove of ideas to help you up your game with loads of added style. With Ted as your cheerleader, you will learn tons of his tricks of the trade, that you can then put your own personal spin on to be a regaled host.
Follow along as he shows you stylishly creative ways to set a table, provides menus and recipes, and suggests music to help set the tone. You won’t want to miss the instructional videos he has created, with QR codes throughout, as well as Spotify playlists he has put together to accompany gatherings. Be it a small dinner gathering or a large party, Watson’s lists and tips will be what you find yourself going back to time and time again. Like a trusted friend, he shares insight for both the entertaining novice and seasoned pro. Something you will reach for time and again when preparing for your next soiree—from small to big, casual to grand.
Whether a small cocktail party, an intimate supper, or a large soirée, the tips gathered in this eclectic collection will inspire even reluctant hosts to break the mold and entertain without worry. Ted uses examples from his own busy life to illustrate how to set an inviting table with ease. Packed with beautiful photographs and easygoing advice, this book explores a variety of entertaining options throughout the year, for dining indoors and out, for big groups or cozy couples. Ted’s insight on everything from mixing and matching tableware to choosing unique party favors offer stylish inspiration for every type of host.
Every household who entertains—big, small or not at all—could benefit from a copy of Ted Kennedy Watson’s Guide To Stylish Entertaining in their repertoire. Filled with page after page of helpful, stylish tips along with image after image of inspiration.
Ted Kennedy Watson is the founder of the Watson Kennedy retail brand as well as the best-selling author of Style & Simplicity. His beloved daily blog about life and style, which he has written from his trusty iPhone each morning the moment he wakes up for the past ten plus years, has been read by folks in over forty countries. He has been hosting stylish gatherings with his husband for the last thirty-four years at their homes in Seattle and Vashon Island, Washington, and the Hudson Valley in New York.