Book Review: Designing Life’s Celebrations

I love a pretty party.  

Who doesn’t?

Flowers and a terrific table can make or break it for me ( and of course good wine too.)

I was thrilled when I had the chance to review a FABULOUS new Rizzoli entertaining book. I am beyond impressed with the author and the divine parties and ideas. What most impressed me is the ability for these ideas to be easily interpreted to everyone’s budgets.  

Enjoy reading and creating an inspired event…

 Designing Life’s Celebrations

Written by DeJuan Stroud, Foreword by Jon Bon Jovi and Dorothea Bon Jovi


A fresh guide to entertaining, with a focus on tabletop and floral design, from celebrity event designer DeJuan Stroud. DeJuan Stroud is known for elegant weddings, celebrity events, and movie premieres, but his dream is to inspire and encourage everyone to bring flowers and beauty into their lives in an effortless way. In his first book, he presents seventeen at-home celebrations featuring spectacular tabletops, glorious centerpieces, and simple how-to floral projects. The party themes range widely from a Venetian-inspired birthday dinner party with dramatic ribbon poles to Christmas in the country using fruits, spices, and herbs, but each one emphasizes the joy of celebrating life’s day-to-day occasions.From conquering flower “stem fear” to learning how to map a table, Stroud demystifies the art of the tabletop, emphasizing above all his love of flowers, from the humble to the exotic. Readers will be inspired to create striking arrangements, set a beautiful table, and create decor for simple or grand occasions.






Here are my iPhone shots of some favorite images.  I am particularly fond of the Bohemian party….

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DeJuan Stroud grew up gardening with his parents and grandmother in Alabama. After a successful run on Wall Street, in 1996 he launched DeJuan Stroud, Inc. Twenty years later, he is one of the most successful event designers in New York City whose client list includes media giants like Universal and HBO, celebrities including Alicia Keys and Katie Couric, and notable New Yorkers such as Michael J. Fox and Michael Bloomberg.

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