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Celebrate: A Year of Festivities for Families and Friends [Hardcover]

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
As the sister of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Pippa Middleton is in an unenviable situation. In many ways, she cannot win and it is unfortunate that to some, she will always be known as the only maid of honor to ever wear a flattering dress. Never judged on her own efforts, but on the media and public perception of her. Celebrate: A Year of Festivities for Families and Friends, is her attempt to change that.

Given her low profile prior to the royal wedding, Celebrate could be viewed as a premature effort. However, she's not the first person to jump on the bandwagon of her own notoriety nor will she be the last. To Pippa's credit, she acknowledges this in the introduction to Celebrate. She has the opportunity and she's taking advantage of it. By admitting this she makes it redundant for those who scoff at her efforts. Now who is being unoriginal?

Several reviews for this book have criticized Pippa for stating the obvious: 'ice goes great with drinks', 'a turkey at Christmas time is good for large gatherings'. Yes, it's true, but let's be honest, even Martha Stewart falls back on 'Pumpkins add to the festive atmosphere of Halloween', 'Hearts make perfect Valentines' and 'Easter egg hunts are fun'. What Pippa does add to the field is her youth. Like her sister, she makes going the extra mile fashionable. Thus giving twenty-somethings options other than beer, wine, tortilla chips and brie cheese trays for their own parties.

Divided by seasons, Pippa presents crafts, recipes, nostalgic/traditional games and charming tidbits of trivia appropriate to the occasion. She offers small glimpses into how her family marked occasions like Easter and Mothers Day.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Creative & inviting! Jan. 6 2013
By K. Read
Critics have been overly-critical of this wonderful book! It is full of lovely, creative ideas, along with some basics that come together to make a warm & inviting package. I've already used some ideas for a recent party that were inventive and cranked the party up a knotch, for sure. For my daughter's birthday I made a rainbow cake, went outdoors with some sparklers, and even had a spaghetti and marshmallow tower building competition. I love that all aspects of entertaining are considered here, including the food, the decor, and even the activities. You have everything in this book to make your gatherings with friends and family special and personal!! I would absolutely recommend this to anyone.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fun and entertaining Jan. 25 2013
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This is a fun and entertaining book, and helpful to any person young or old who is looking for new creative ideas for complete small event planning.
Some interesting craft ideas ,(the pompom thistles were easy and look very realistic when stuck on real twigs). The millionaire's shortbread was easy to make and a hit with the expat Scots and Brits I work with.
It has been, I believe, much maligned by the media, but is certainly an update for the times on entertaining. The background stories on how certain celebrations came about are interesting, as are the games for both children and adults.
If I have one complaint, it is that the recipes are largely measured in grams, but this is easy enough to translate, if not entirely convenient.
It is a very pretty book, and the pictures do match the crafts and foods shown when you have completed them yourself.
I bought this book for my twenty year old daughter online at Amazon.ca for Christmas and she loved it.
In my pre-Christmas reading of it I enjoyed it enough to buy one for myself, and have found it a useful addition to my myriad collection of cook and craft books.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great reading entertainment Jan. 2 2013
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Purchased this for my wife who loves to read about recipes, and try out new culinary ideas. Her being of English and Scottish decent just made the book tghat much more fun for her and her mother. Great book for the price from Amazon.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Erin
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I am a Kate fan and I'm a Pippa fan. That's really why I got this book. I figured it would have to provide some more insight into what life was like, and is like, for Pippa and the rest of the Middleton clan. I'm not ashamed to say it :) And I got a bit of what I wanted - some family tidbits and some pictures of Pippa - not taken by the papparazzi.

I have to say though, that this book was in and of itself nothing special. If you bought this book to find some original ideas for entertaining, you might find some - if you live outside of the UK and you don't know what to search for online specifically. Otherwise (if you live within the UK) you might have been dissapointed.

I was interested in the British recipes this book offered (being from Canada) - I love anything and everything British/English (My grandfather came from England to live in Canada)! So for me it gave me a taste (no pun intended) for holidays and foods specific to Britain. But nothing really knocked my socks off. But I don't think that's what I was looking for.

I got what I wanted out of this book, and I did enjoy reading it/looking through it. I think that I will always like looking back through it. The pictures are great!
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