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Simple Sophistication, Effortless Entertaining

Marie France Van Damme

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Perfectly attuned to the realities of modern-day living, this elegant book is the only guide that you need to stylish and stress-free entertaining


Entertaining should be a source of joy, not anxiety, especially in an age in which conspicuous luxury is no longer considered the height of sophistication. Fusing understated European elegance with the dramatic Asian aesthetics of her Hong Kong home, Marie France Van Damme reveals the secrets of successful entertainment.

You don’t need to know how to cook – not even a little bit. You don’t need family silver, fancy china or an expensive venue. With just a little bit of effort and imagination – and a few very simple guidelines – even the most ordinary evening can become a memorable, magical occasion.

Chapters on Flowers, Candles, The Table, Food and Art – show how to create beautiful decorations, elegant food and exquisite ambience without unnecessary worry or expense. Each chapter finishes with actual events – a winter birthday party; a lavish formal celebration; even an unconventional Christmas dinner on a deserted Thai beach. An informal afternoon tea with family becomes an elegant, comforting ritual.

Each of these events has been beautifully photographed by Herbert Ypma, the bestselling author behind the Hip Hotels series.

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Book Details

Format: Hardback

Size: 25.2 x 22.4 cm

Extent: 224 pp

Illustrations: 233

Publication date: 1 October 2012

ISBN: 9780500516393

Contents List

Introduction • Flowers • Candles • The Table • Food •Art

About the Author

Canadian-born Marie France Van Damme is the Founder & Creative Director of The Marie France Van Damme high end resort wear line. She is based in Hong Kong.

List of Contributors

Herbert Ypma, François Curiel

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