I have to admit, I think having a blog was the creative outlet I needed to talk about my passion for all things event planning. One of my guilty pleasures are event planning, etiquette, and protocol books.
Another guilty pleasure is all things British, royal, and Irish. So, when I saw that Pippa Middleton had an event planning book out, Celebrate: A Year of Festivities for Families and Friends I had to have it. And while I was skeptical that the book might be light on substance, it didn't disapoint. The book has easy-to-follow recipes, suggestions for party games, and chic decoration tips - which many event planning books have. But to me, what makes it unusual is that she really took the time to highlight the history for many of the holidays, as well as giving you a solid timeline of what you can do in advance. Whenever I host a party at my house I always do as much as I can in advance so that I am ready to greet our guests and I'm not still trying to get myself ready at the last minute. Being a new Mom, being able to prepare in advance will be even more important!
This Christmas was the first time I actually put her book into action and I planned a Scottish-themed Christmas based on her suggestions for a Tartan Tea and Burns Night, and merged them with some of my family traditions. With Pippa's guidance Christmas was a big success, and I am looking forward to incorporating some of her suggestions into other holidays and events in 2014!