So Much To Celebrate: Entertaining the Ones You Love the Whole Year Through

So Much To Celebrate: Entertaining the Ones You Love the Whole Year Through

by Katie Jacobs


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So Much To Celebrate: Entertaining the Ones You Love the Whole Year Through 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
LivingaFitandFulllife More than 1 year ago
Celebrate joyful moments with So Much To Celebrate by Katie Jacobs from Thomas Nelson! As someone who loves hosting family and friends over for joyful occasions, So Much To Celebrate by Katie Jacobs from Thomas Nelson is right up my alley. This book absolutely beautiful and looks wonderful displayed. I also love that it's filled with fun ways to entertain. The photographs are beautiful and I love that it gives me new ideas for my next party. So Much To Celebrate by Katie Jacobs from Thomas Nelson is a terrific book for those that love to host! I received this book for free in order to post my honest review. All opinions are my own.
connywithay More than 1 year ago
“It is my hope that the family suppers, holiday parties, and informal gatherings found in these pages will inspire you to live a little more life together with the ones you love,” Katie Jacobs’s writes in the introduction of her book, So Much to Celebrate: Entertaining the Ones You Love the Whole Year Through. ~ What ~ This two-hundred-and-twenty-four-page oversized hardbound targets those who enjoy entertaining throughout the year. Containing approximately 70 recipes, the book has full-color photographs of prepared food, entertaining suggestions, and decorative displays gracing its pages. After an introduction, this book is divided into 4 sections of the year’s seasons. Each season contains 4 to 5 entertainment ideas with 1 to 2 of them including “breakout” topics. Averaging 17 recipes at the end of each section, the back of the book has menus, acknowledgments, sources and credits, recipe index, and the author’s biography. Most of the suggested entertainments begin with overall information that often includes the writer’s personal experiences, followed by Get the Look, The Menu, and Enjoy the Party divisions that are short and to the point. The recipes also begin with a paragraph with the ingredients listed in used order along with serving size on the right side of the page and numbered paragraph directions on the left side. Occasionally, there are highlighted Make It Ahead tips. ~ Why ~ This book is geared for those who love to host, cook, and entertain. I like cookbooks that have colorful photographs of completed dishes, and this book does that for every recipe. Some of the notable recipes are hummingbird cake, lemon whoopie pies with lavender icing, peanut butter pretzel milkshake, peach Caprese salad, key lime coconut bars, orange ricotta donuts, charcuterie platter, pomegranate Thai chicken enchiladas, salted caramel chocolate pecan pie, chicken and bacon corn chowder, and peppermint cheesecake. ~ Why Not ~ Those who do not entertain or have a caterer design and run their events may not be interested in this book. Some may feel the book is limited as it only offers 17 recipes each for spring and summer, 20 for fall, and 15 for winter, covering the gambit of breakfast, lunch, dinner, desserts, and drinks. The decorating recommendations are sparse and generalized. ~ Wish ~ I wish the book listed preparation time as well as caloric content as many of the recipes contain high fat and high carbohydrate ingredients. I was surprised Thomas Nelson is promoting a book that has strong alcoholic drink recipes that involve champagne towers, margaritas, wine-tastings, and whiskey parties. ~ Want ~ If you want to entertain or throw a party and need assistance putting the meal plan and decorations together, this may be a good book for the newbie or one looking for alcohol party plans, but it will offer only a few new ideas and recipes for the seasoned entertainer. Thanks to the Blogging for Books for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.