celebraTORI: Unleashing Your Inner Party Planner to Entertain Friends and Family Hardcover – Apr 3 2012
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About the Author
Tori Spelling starred in and executive produced the Oxygen hit reality television series Tori & Dean: Inn Love and Tori & Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood. She recently hosted TLC’s Craft Wars and appeared in the ABC Family original musical The Mistle-Tones. The creator of the online lifestyle magazine ediTORIal at her website torispelling.com, she is also a #1 New York Times bestselling author of three memoirs; a party planning book, celebraTORI; and a children’s book, Presenting…Tallulah. She and her husband, actor Dean McDermott, live in Los Angeles with their four young children, Liam, Stella, Hattie, and Finn.
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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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(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.
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.
Tori's personality shines through in this book. She seems like such a sweet person to have as a friend.
To sum up her book in a sentence:
THE BEST AND MOST MEMORABLE PARTIES ARE THE ONES THAT HAVE A PERSONAL ELEMENT THAT RESONATES WITH BOTH THE GUESTS AND THE HOST.
OVERVIEW OF SOME OF THE THINGS SHE COVERS IN HER BOOK:
Part 1) ESSENTIALS:
Who: decide on the guest list - who to invite and who not to invite, kids or no kids; Intimate party (less than 15 guests), Medium (15-30), Blowout (more than 30 guests)
What: Seize the day, make it a celebration
When: Choose the time of the party: Brunch (11-1), Lunch, Afternoon (3 or4 pm), Cocktails (6 or 7 pm) , Dinner (an hour later), etc.
Where: Place or venue choices
Why: Pick an occasion: birthday, holiday, achievement, etc.
Parts 2,3 and 4) Getting started: things to mention that she goes over
-) Choosing a theme, a vision, or a concept;
-) Creating a "mood board"
-) Color combinations
-) Limiting the cheesiness factor
-) Setting the party zone
-) Flowers - Tori's advice, do it yourself and she tells you how
Part 5 and 6) Food and drinks:
-) Some great recipes for drinks here: "Dean's favorite gingerade", "Let them eat cake martini", "Ginger margarita", a "Do it yourself champagne/vodka bar"
-) Food: "Baked brie and jam `n puff pastry", "Swedish meatballs with lingonberry sauce", "It's meaty lasagna", and "Shepherd's pie"
-) Desserts: "My nanny's famous wine cake", "Tori's red velvet cupcakes"
Part 7) The finishing touches: Music, photo booth, entertainment, conversation starters, arts and crafts
Part 8) The parties ideas - try these four parties as practice:
The cowboys and lace party
The do-it-yourself spa brunch party
The game night party
The cocktails in caftans party
Overall, I was amazed at what an easy read this was. I had picked up the book with the intent to only browse through it. I opened to the first pages and without realizing, I continued to read and turn page after page. When I put it down a few hours later, I was at the credits at the last page. It is written well - very simple, with a great outline, and common sense. Beautiful photographs and layout. Kudos to Tori. I wish her many successes ahead!