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celebraTORI: Unleashing Your Inner Party Planner to Entertain Friends and Family [Hardcover]

Tori Spelling
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Book Description

April 3 2012
“I love the puzzle of throwing special, chic parties with down-to-earth budgets, and lucky you, I’m psyched to share my secrets.”

Tori Spelling planned her very first party (her own roller skate–themed birthday with a hot-pink- and-turquoise color scheme) at the age of eight, and she’s been hosting friends and family in her home ever since. She knows as well as anyone that “style” and “elegance” don’t often play well with “budget.” Well, with celebraTORI, she rolls up her sleeves and turns that notion on its head—expertly showing how creativity, passion, and smart planning are the secret ingredients for throwing a truly unforgettable bash on any “real world” budget. All it takes is a little elbow grease and a lot of imagination to transport your guests to another world as soon as they walk through the door.

In this delightfully entertaining, must-have party companion, Tori shares all the tips and tricks she’s learned from her most successful soirees (and a few train wrecks). It’s like having your own personal party planner for a fraction of the cost!

celebraTORI is not just instructional, it’s inspirational. Hosting an event is not about ticking to-dos off a list; it’s about turning an organic idea into a fun day you and your guests won’t forget—so much so that you just can’t wait to do it again . . . with a different theme, of course. Tori covers all the basics, from discovering new reasons to celebrate and choosing a concept, to decorating, creating flower arrangements, making refreshments, and building the corner-stone of any great party: the dessert table! The best part is that all of her suggestions, including her mouthwatering recipes, are 100 percent do-it-yourself.

Filled with lots and lots of great advice, handy blueprints, and hilarious anecdotes, celebraTORI will be the most important guest at your next party. It’s the perfect foundation for taking life’s special occasions up a notch . . . or five.


They say the devil’s in the details, but for me the details are heaven. Maybe an avid planner and host like me should say that in the course of the party I’m on a cloud of joy, but that would be a lie. Planning and preparing are my favorite parts of the process. Truth be told, when it comes to the actual parties, I’m a nervous wreck. But there is a moment of joy. Mine comes when I see the party come together. The guests are flowing through the space, tasting food, trying out any activities, having conversations with friends and strangers. And when I see someone take a bite of dessert, or try out a photo booth costume, or smile as they pick up a favor, well, that makes it all worth it.

Creating a party. It’s my favorite thing to do, and I’m inviting you, as my guest, to join me in the festivities. I know we’re going to have fun. Come—discover your inner party planner!

Love, Tori

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About the Author

Tori Spelling is an actress whose career spans theater, television, and film. She’s received critical praise for her work in such independent films as Trick and The House of Yes. She both starred in and executive produced the comedy series So NoTORIous on VH1 and the popular reality series Tori & Dean: Inn Love and Tori & Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood on Oxygen, and the current remake of Beverly Hills 90210. She lives with her family in Los Angeles.

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part one:


The first step in planning any party is working out the five questions:






You have to figure out these core elements before you get to the fun stuff.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly wonderful! July 6 2012
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Great idea's and beautiful pictures, I was very pleasantly surprised at the affordability of most of her planning. I Loved the abundant dessert tables!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love this book! Jan. 17 2014
By fredamans TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
Not only was it a great book for learning how to be the ultimate party planner, but Tori also gave us glimpses into her personal life. I loved learning all about how to pay attention to the details of a party with Tori telling us about her parties she has thrown. She even put photos in the book to show just how key the details are.
The only party I am planning is my wedding in 2015. Thankfully I can use some of these tips in this book, since I am doing it myself and trying to be the 'Bargain Bride' about it all. All of Tori's tips in this book can be done by using things you have in your home, you can borrow from friends or family, or get at a bargain price. She may be rich but doesn't put across you need money to have elegance. On the contrary.
Ladies, and even gents who love a good party, and wanna dabble in it, get this book. Seriously.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Ideas! May 20 2012
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This book is well laid out with some fun ideas. I bought the book as a gift for someone who does a lot of entertaining for adults and kids.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read, not overly instructional. April 11 2012
By Ciaran - Published on Amazon.com
(Note: I collaborated with my wife on this review.)

Two parts memoir, one part entertaining manual, celebraTORI is the third book by Tori Spelling that I have been instructed to buy for my lovely wife. There is something about Tori Spelling that we both find appealing - for a woman growing up with stardom and fame lining every wall of her house (and there were many) she seems rather down to earth, and very approachable. My wife and I don't do a whole lot of entertaining (except our regular friends who come over for SNL, wine and cheese), but given our enjoyment of Tori's previous works, we figured it would be worth a read.

As others have mentioned, the content was a TINY bit lacking. There weren't as many relevant pictures or recipes/ideas as one might have expected from this genre, but on the other hand the pictures included were beautiful (I'm a professional photographer and was quite jealous), and the ideas innovative and helpful. There were a lot of anecdotes in the book, so if you are buying this for a list of ideas and not much else, you might be disappointed. According to my wife, the ideas that were in the book were very useful (or "cute" as she put it) and since she enjoys Tori's writing and reading about her life, the book was enjoyed nonetheless. We found the party themes included to be a little too "out there" for our tastes, but no points were taken off due to the subjective nature of party planning. What works for some, may not for others and I am sure that there are those of you who will love "Cowboys and Lace". I appreciated that she has a certain panache in her party-planning, without presenting ideas that would break the bank for the rest of us (she even has a whole section dedicated to budgeting).

All of that said, a whole lot is included this book. From what time to start an event, to what drinks and even what glassware to use, the content was by no means disappointing! Some of it can be a little basic, and some is a little too over the top, but there is something for everyone and you are guaranteed to find a new and exciting idea to try at your next event!

My wife and I both agree that Tori comes across as quite a genuine writer - I didn't feel as though she was writing just for the sake of having a new book out but she clearly enjoys entertaining and doing it in a fun way! Be prepared for a lot of narrative as supposed to instructions and lists, but if your expectations are open enough I really think you will enjoy this book! We only gave it four stars because at certain points we felt as though we were rereading content from her previous titles, and for the fact that there could have been a little more meat in certain chapters. Overall I think 4.5 stars would be more appropriate, but alas we are limited in our choices there.
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I love this book, I just wish there was more.... April 11 2012
By TRLB - Published on Amazon.com
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I read the reviews before buying this book, and I thought to myself I'm 50/50 on this. But, after much debate, I bought it anyway. And....I'm so glad I did. It's a great party planning book. I found tons of tips, and great ideas.

I do agree with one of the reviwers that there is a lot of time spent telling Tori's story. I think we could have packed this with more information and ideas and made the intro briefer. But other than that - I loved it.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE LOVE LOVE Tori! April 20 2012
By Rachel @ My Naturally Frugal Family - Published on Amazon.com
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Ok I have to admit I love Tori (hence the title of my review). What I love about her latest book is how down to Earth she really is (reading her stories you would think she was the mom next door talking about party planning). She has some fantastic ideas on how to make your own party without spending a gagillion dollars (yes that is a real amount). Everything show is tastefully done and she even provides you with some recipes (amazingly enough yes this girl does cook). If you are someone, like myself, who needs beginner information on party planning and plenty of ideas then this book is for you (it comes complete with stories from Tori's everyday life, which is always humerous).
10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Nice Book! April 9 2012
By Sabene - Published on Amazon.com
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Tori's book is nice. I think from her show it looked like there would be more photos and/or receipies. I think it needs more photos, more recipies, less chatter about her story. I purchased it for party ideas and how to. It's okay but certainly not my favorite "party book." I do love her show though.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good April 10 2012
By JL - Published on Amazon.com
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I was excited to receive this book and there are some beautiful images, but it did feel like something was lacking. I think I would have enjoyed seeing more than 4 parties showcased. Maybe less of the wordiness in the front half of the book too. It does have some cute ideas, I just wish it included a few more recipes and a greater assortment of party concepts/themes( the four parties in this book were for adults: cowboys and lace, spa brunch, game night and cocktails in caftans).
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