Preston Bailey Celebrations: Luch Flowers, Opulent Tables, Dramatic Spaces, and Other Inspirations for Entertaining
Celebration. A time when friends and family come together in a breathtakingly beautiful setting to rejoice in one of life's milestones: a wedding, a birthday, an anniversary.
Collected in this book are dozens of the most recent, most extraordinary celebrations created by the unparalleled event planner Preston Bailey. These are events on a larger-than-life scale, shaped by Bailey's use of a myriad of elements, including architecture, set design, furniture making, lighting and art installations, and even tableware and textile design.
In the first half of this stunning idea book, Preston lays out for the reader the key elements to successful celebrations. First, each event must have at least one dramatic statement, that spectacular element that makes guests stand transfixed with awe, whether it is a cascading waterfall of flowers or a room lit in magnificent jewel tones of color. He discusses the magical nature of tents - a space that exists for just one evening, a blank canvas that provides endless design possibilities - such as creating a canopy ceiling dripping with ribbons and crystals. There is also the ceremony space, influenced by tradition, culture, and a bride's personal style. Next are the table settings, the intimate places within the larger event where centerpieces, china, crystal, linens, and even the chairs, all work together to create a place of comfort and beauty but also a place that constantly intrigues and entices. Finally, he presents the all-important details that elevate a party from merely wonderful to absolutely divine.
In the final section of the book, Transformations, Bailey presents the best of his most recent work, seven unforgettable parties presented in their entirety.
A dream book, a wish book, a book of celebration.