1. A Great Party: Designing the Perfect Celebration
By Bryan Rafanelli; foreword by Chelsea Clinton; published by Rizzoli New York
Formulating the right mix of ingredients to create the kind of party that goes off with a bang—one where people flirt, drink too much champagne and say, “Oh, God, is that the time?”—is a complex recipe that we have been debating for centuries. But it seems Bryan Rafanelli, who has designed and produced some of the US’s most exclusive and high-profile events, including many for Barack Obama at the White House and Chelsea Clinton’s wedding, knows exactly what to include.
In his first book, Rafanelli explains everything, including how to create a beach wedding that’s not tacky and a masquerade fete that’s not ridiculous. His most important rule? Consider everything—from the floor, walls and ceiling to how adding guests will change what you see and why fresh flowers are a game changer. Got Barack and Michelle coming around? This is required reading.