Think of the many times we come together with family or friends. From formal graduation parties and holiday dinners, to casual luncheons and coffee breaks, even just a visit from a neighbour or a special Sunday supper, all of these events, no matter how different the occasion, are celebrated by gathering around a table. Here is where we relax with our kids, catch up with our girlfriends, and simply enjoy each other's company while savouring a great meal. And the way in which we present our tables–by adding thoughtful accents and centrepieces, or including exquisite place settings and festive arrangements–makes these experiences all the more memorable.
With seven different magazine titles in circulation, including the bimonthly Southern Lady and Cooking with Paula Deen, and an estimated readership of 3 million, publisher Phyllis Hoffman knows the secret to entertaining with personality and elegance. She draws upon her years of expertise in Southern Lady: Gracious Tables, the definitive guide to creating gorgeous tablescapes for every occasion.
Hoffman begins with the basics. She presents a series of breathtaking spreads for family–oriented events, formal settings, and casual get–togethers, then describes how to achieve each look, right down to the recipes––55 in total––for her delectable treats. Her advice includes techniques for presentation and tips on appropriate etiquette, ensuring that readers will both look and play the part of the consummate hostess. Hoffman then builds a wardrobe for the table, navigating through the complex world of dinnerware, fine linens, and serving pieces. She closes by showing readers how to add that all–important personal touch, with instructions on how to craft flowers, family heirlooms, collectibles, and other unexpected treasures into the perfect centrepiece, place marker, or accent.
Complemented by lush photography and told in Hoffman's accessible, encouraging, and deliciously Southern voice, Southern Lady: Gracious Tables is a must–have for every aspiring hostess, south or north of the Mason Dixon. The perfect holiday gift for any woman who loves to entertain, it has all the tools, tips, and inspiration you need to elevate the ordinary to the unforgettable.