Happy Monday to you! Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend! Who has seen The Help? I saw it yesterday and LOVED LOVED LOVED IT!! I didnt’ think it was possible to even hold a candle next to the book but I stand corrected. I would see it again and again and will most certainly buy it when it comes out, I laughed, cried tears of joy, sadness, triumph and hope, sympathized, pitied and cheered, it truly brings out so many emotions…..and does so brilliantly. I strongly recommend it. Moving along….. Today I have an exciting announcement…. for a fabulous giveaway! One of my favorite blogs and one of my cannot miss daily reads, Party Resources and I have partnered for an incredible give way of not one but two amazing and signed copies of the new highly anticipated, not yet out, entertaining book, Bite by Bite by Peter Callahan. How tantalizing does the cover look? Wait until you see his work….. Celebrity caterer Peter Callahan is a favorite caterer and personal friend of Kate and her team over at Party Resources. Peter’s career spans over two decades and a client list including celebrities, politicians, Fortune 500 companies and New York city socialites. Peter and his staff are not only the best in the business, but word has it they are the nicest too! Guess you can understand how he has earned a reputation for creating hors d’ oeuvres that are as inventive as they are beautiful and delicious! This much anticipated cookbook is due out in late August. Peter welcomes readers to share in the fun and beauty of his creations, providing inspiration for parties from the most casual gatherings to grand formal occasions such as weddings and holiday fetes. There are recipes for the home cook, ranging from delicious comfort food to elegant haute cuisine. I am truly mesmerized by what he does with food! I mean seriously? His creations are spellbindingly beautiful and his creativity with food is off the charts! It is almost too pretty to eat. I said almost:) With that in mind, Peter has also included a convenient “kitchen tools and conveniences section”, listing the key equipment that will help you create delicious masterpieces found in this must have book. He also divulges his secrets and inspiration behind all the fabulous dishes he has dreamed up for his impressive roster of clients! Peter says the key to pulling off a party like a professional is being prepared. And speaking of good looking food….here is Peter doing his thing! Want to win these two books? I bet you do! Be the first of your friends to have it and ever so generously give one to one of your nearest and dearest…here’s how! The rules- Please leave a comment on our blogs with one or two of your favorite party ideas. You must be a follower of both my blog and Party Resources to be eligible. Friends and family are welcome. The winner will be randomly chosen on September 6th. You must be a resident of the U.S. Good luck! So all this talking about food and entertaining has me thinking and getting excited about how much fun it is to set a beautiful table. I love brainstorming about how best to set the most beautiful table with what I have and enjoy inserting my own special little touches and creativity. I have accumulated many wonderful pictures of various settings, from very informal rustic get together’s to the most formal and opulent, all beautiful. So lets take a look just for some fun entertaining inspiration coming off the heels of those incredible pictures from Bite by Bite. This might get you in the mood to plan a party or dinner, so hope you get some ideas! Always been one of my favorite settings, the blue and white just adds such beauty and drama! This is such a pretty coastal inspired table in soft shades of light blue, cream and pale green Love the use of this vivid, eye catching colors..mixing and matching pieces! A beautiful example of how to mix and match soft colors and patterns…. Love pink and gold together…..stunning! Yellow and green is so fresh and crisp! I think anything would taste incredible with a setting like this!! Pam Pierce Love the instant festive feel this bright color scheme gives..the pop of blue is the perfect color against the vivid pinks…love it! This table is positively breathtaking! Love the idea of incorporating beautiful seasonal flowers for the holidays! I have always liked this beautiful table! Blue, white and yellow is always perfectly elegant Love the rich colors and a ginger jar always adds such grace to a table! Beautiful rustic earthy colors compliment the beautiful yellow daffodils at this spring setting A beautiful all white table with just a hint of color from the beautiful hydrangeas on the table is such a delicate touch How scrumptious is this incredible setting! How about this incredible setting for an Easter table? Love the “grass” placemats! Even a simple idea can look amazing, pale blue painted cans hold seasonal blooms..clever! Navy, white and a little candlelight! Love the shimmer of fine crystal, a little gold, beautiful flowers and really like the statuary they used on the table too In the mood to eat some great food, throw a fun dinner party, attend a fancy soiree AND start collecting beautiful pieces for your table? Yes, me too! If this post won’t get you excited I don’t know what will! Maybe Peter coming over and offering private lessons? Don’t forget to leave a comment telling me how you like to entertain or give us your favorite tip or two…… Hope you enjoyed this post and good luck! Wishing you an enchanting day!