For the novice host or the veteran party planner, this is your essential guide to gathering. Tennessee local Katie Jacobs is the quintessential party and gathering hostess – and will delight readers with her ideas.
The guests will be here any minute! Do people have enough to drink? Should I put out more appetizers? Did we run out of napkins? Are people having a good time? I need to plate the dessert! The inner monologue of a party host or hostess can be frantic and frazzled. With guests to serve and the desire to plan an event that goes off without a hitch, in the hustle and bustle of any party, it might be easy to become consumed by the mayhem. And, in the middle of the mayhem, actually enjoying the party can seem like an impossible task when there is so much to do. But, it doesn’t have to be this way. It is possible to enjoy and cherish every family gathering, every holiday, every weekend cook-out and every occasion with the ones we love, and all it takes is a little intention and preparation.
In So Much to Celebrate: Entertaining the Ones You Love the Whole Year Through (Thomas Nelson, March 6th, 2018, $29.99), lifestyle guru and frequent entertainer Katie Jacobs provides readers with creative, tangible and attainable ways for people to beautify their lives and create a lasting impact. Katie has a keen eye for beauty, having worked as a stylist, photographer and content contributor for the likes of Reese Witherspoon’s lifestyle brand, Draper James, Pottery Barn and many others.
With tips on how to prepare food and fun in advance, people will have the time to enjoy the festivities and make memories with those they hold most dear, rather than realize that the party is over and it’s time to clean up. Katie’s advice will ensure that guests feel loved, cared for and special – all things she learned from the important women in her own life.
“My grandmother taught me how to set a table, and my mother taught me how to arrange flowers,” Katie says. “But more importantly, they taught me the art of celebrating: how to create meaningful, unfussy gatherings – not without effort, but carried out with relative ease – that create lasting memories with the ones you love. Now that I am a mom, I realize more and more that time is fleeting. It forces me to stop, take a breath, and remember how grateful I am that I have so much to celebrate. I want to always take the time to make loved ones feel special and create extraordinary celebrations to foster memories that will last a lifetime.”
So Much to Celebrate walks readers through every season of the year. Perhaps a young couple would like to host a bright and sweet Easter Egg hunt for families, complete with Easter Bunny cupcakes, brown butter Rice Krispies treats and key lime coconut bars. Or, perhaps a football-loving friend is in the mood for the perfect fall tailgate, with a picnic basket full of homemade chili, skillet cornbread, cherry hand pies, plaid blankets, shatter-proof wine glasses and lanterns. The book covers it all.
Chock full of tips, recipes, full-color photos and examples from her own parties, it is clear that Katie’s born-and-bred Southern charm and sensibilities have led to many successful, enjoyable and memorable events. So Much to Celebrate will remind readers that there is much to be thankful for – especially the everyday joy of being surrounded by family and friends.
Katie Jacobs is a stylist, photographer, graphic designer and foodie. She is also the former monthly columnist for both Your Williamson and Your Sumner with her “Styling Your Everyday” features. Make sure you get your copy of Katie’s book available this spring and learn more about her and her blog at stylingmyeveryday.com.