Thursday, May 22, 2008

Simple, Stunning and So Much More!

I love weddings. For a very short while, in college, I assisted a wedding photographer. I enjoyed learning more about photography but LOVED being at the weddings and seeing all the special touches each couple came up with. Like the gospel choir at the Jewish New Years Eve wedding in Los Angeles. Or the custom wine created by a groom who owned an Italian restaurant. So even though I have been married for almost 5 years now, I still shop for wedding magazines and books. I am the kind of person who can see an idea and adapt it to about 800 different things and since wedding publications are filled with ideas, they are invaluable to me and my parties. One of my favorite books of all time is by Karen Bussen a NY based floral and event designer. I came across her book, Simple Stunning Wedding Showers, while shopping at a Barnes and Noble a few years ago. I was immediately attracted to the book jacket which is done in bright pink and orange, a color combo that makes my heart smile. And as I flipped through, I got so excited. I remember carrying the book with me for days for the next time I saw T. I knew she would love it as much as I did. It is full of unique ideas for wedding showers, however, you can easily change these ideas to suit any kind of party. The ideas are cool, instructions are simple, the photos are gorgeous, there is nothing I don't LOVE about this book. While some event planning books are merely fun to look at and know you could never pull off a party like that in a million years, this book makes you feel like it is possible. I really want to go back and get her Simple Stunning Weddings book now too and see what other ideas she has. And I hope she expands her publications to encompass entertaining in general. Maybe the Food Network should give her a show...
You can find all of Karen Bussen's books at Amazon, Barnes and Noble or Borders.

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