Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Soiree by Danielle Rollins and her Book Giveaway!

Introducing Entertaining Diva Danielle Rollins and her newly released book, published by Rizzoli New York,  Soiree!

The most valuable thing I've learned, which I hope you take to heart, is that there is no right or wrong way to throw a party.  All you need is a little passion.”—Danielle Rollins from the Introduction

Danielle is a contributing editor to Veranda and Southern Living.Her own site is filled with Entertaining ideas galore!  She is involved in many causes devoted to children's health and education. A native of Dallas she now makes her home in Atlanta with her three children. 

SOIRÉE: Entertaining with Style by Danielle Rollins, Rizzoli New York, 2012

The artfully prepared individual picnic baskets for An Afternoon by the Sea

A springtime Brunch for Mother's Day in the Garden

An Elegant Dinner and Southern Hospitality for a true Gentleman: Oscar de la Renta

Danielle's home, Boxwood, is the perfect setting for entertaining indoors or outside on the grounds! She pays very close attention to every detail starting with the creation of  intriguing invitations to the guest gifts they are so thrilled to take home!

Lemon Ricotta Pancakes, only one of many of Danielle's delicious recipes

A Spring Dinner, Birds of a Feather: A Celebration for a Flock of her Favorite Friends! Another perfectly planned party for an outdoors celebration!

Cotton bolls in a huge vase instead of flowers, paying homage to Danielle's home city of Dallas where college football is played in The Cotton Bowl

Often Danielle hands out desserts or trays of appetizers as she wants to connect with her guest during a gathering, a very personal touch!

The Giveaway!
Please enter by leaving a comment about what you like about entertaining and why you would love this fabulous book, Soiree!
The winner will be chosen on Sunday, Mother's Day at Midnight EST and is open world wide!

Be sure to check out Danielle's own amazing site  at 
Order her book Soiree, you will love it!!

Images courtesy of Danielle Rollins and Rizzoli New York

Thank you to my friends and followers who support The Arts!

The Arts by Karena


Tina Lewis said...

I love designing tablescapes. This book is an inspiration.

Phyllis Trevor Higgerson, Henhurst said...

This looks like a beautiful book, Karen. (The house is fabulous!)Thank you for another wonderful recommendation!
All best,

karen@somewhatquirky said...

I love entertaining because I love to make delicious, decadent food. And I love to eat it. And I love to see the people. I want this book for the recipes and the beautiful photography. It inspires me and gives me great ideas.

Burlap Luxe said...

Oh Karena,
I first of all want to mention your new photo of yourself, and I so love it on you comment thumbnail.

Now how could I not enter this GiveAway! Entertaining in my name! I love to entertain and do a lot less of it since my divorce, whole other sad story, but for entertaining is a state of mind, and I will set up the ambience of entertaining for my daughter and myself if needing a boost of serotonins :)
I often set a pretty setting even if it's for me alone.

I also hold my hand up high to joining in on staging an event for my daughters projects of school, a girl friends wedding be it elegant or relaxed :)
This is a book for me!! It really is, and I must purchase it if I were not the fortunate winner and to the winner please let me borrow it when your through.

Like I have said before, you my dear are the queen of GiveAways!.... The Royal Queen of GiveAways.

Do you not just love the setting...with the mansion in the back drop with that long regal table set so garden stately ?? I sure do!

Thank you for sharing your beauty over at my place.
I rarely see a number 3 on a comment give away list win! But here's to Number # 3

Blessings to you my dear and your health.

Burlap Luxe said...

Ooop's I was Number 3 when I went to enter, yet someone beat me to it! Now I am Number #4 sooooo! Here's to number 4


Stacy CUrran said...

It's amazing how many great giveaways you do!! And oh my, that house in the middle...swoon!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Dearest Karena! HELLO! I saw you had a new post up, but I was at school on my tablet when I saw it. I remember having a very special party years ago, where I invited my fellow peers (we were in college) and my husband I just invited our friends to come for a magical evening of fairytale fun. We had champagne, French food, the women wore gloves and gowns, the men wore tuxs, we had a blast. Like Danielle says, "You just need passion."

Put me in for the giveaway, and thank you for coming to comment; I found your comment actually, on an older post so I am glad to have seen it and to learn that you will be spending more time with your grandaughter. OH how we need more of that quality time! BIG HUGS! Anita

Alison @ The Polohouse said...

Looks simply AMAZing, Karen!
I love to entertain but I am always looking for inspiration as I am not very good at setting the most festive tables! I don't collect dishes or place settings so I always feel my tables fall short.

Would love to have a copy of this book! Thanks for offering this.


Kristen @ Pursuing Vintage said...

I love to entertain to have good conversation with good friends! The planning/prep part is always a bit stressful for me, but then when the party starts, it's time to have fun and catch up with friends.
My tables are always a bit uninspired, so a copy of this book might encourage me to "turn it up" a bit!
Looks like a beautiful book!

Segreto Secrets said...

Beautiful book!! such wonderful inspirations for parties and tablescapes!!! xo Leslie

La Contessa said...

I love her quote up top about throwing a party!
I use the word SOIREE all the time so I think I need to WIN this book!Looks like a KEEPER TOO!

Teresa Hatfield ~ Splendid Sass said...

Thank you for sharing, Karena! I love Daniell's work! Such an artist! And funny I might add.
Would love to have a copy of the book.

Kim said...

Entertaining forces me to try new recipes and to replace and freshen up a few decor items that I usually have on my wish list!

I love the bold colors depicted in this book! Looking forward to seeing more colors, tables capes, etc.

Windlost said...

Hi Karena, I didn't realize she had a book out! How exciting and thanks for the heads up. I love entertaining. My favorite parts are decorating the table and all the food prep. And of course after the guest arrive my favorite part is the lively conversation!!! Hope I win and the ask for keeping your giveaway open to Canadians!! Much appreciated! Xo Terri

MJH DesignArts said...

Hi Karena--another super review. Gorgeous book.
xoxoxo Mary

cindy hattersley design said...

What a wonderful giveaway! I have been meaning to pick this book up! I would love a chance to win. I am going to post this on my facebook page!

Stacy CUrran said...

I LOVE tables scapes!! Thank you for your comment today - my eyes are fine.I just rinsed with water, but thank you for your concern. I am the OWRST diy-er!

Decor To Adore said...

What gorgeous images!

Have a beautiful weekend.

Thehouseofhampton said...

Hi Karena,
I love to entertain because it allows me to reconnect with treasures from my family as I pull them out to think about what I'm going to use. I enjoy creating a space and mood the guests will remember as we make new memories with good friends, family, and neighbors. Every gathering is an opportunity to reconnect, celebrate and share.
I would devoure this book, page after page, with sheer delight!

The enchanted home said...

Great giveaway.....what I love most about entertaining is how it gets my creative juices flowing...I love coming up with a theme and letting my mind wander.....would LOVE to win her book! Thanks Karena for the chance!

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

Cannot say anything but BREATHTAKING !!!...oh my the book looks magnificent!...Thanks Karena!

Katherines Corner said...

This book is lovely. There is plenty to see and learn I am sure.The images are stunning. I think I might find some tips on tablescaping in this lovely book. But truly it all looks lovely. Thank you for the giveaway opportunity. xo

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