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September 2010


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ENTERTAINING

Power to the People!
By Annette M. Rose-Shapiro

CELEBRITY CATERER LULU POWERS SHARES HER SECRETS FOR EASY ENTERTAINING

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Connecticut native Lulu Powers may have moved to Los Angeles, but her entertaining style was honed in her mother's Weston kitchen. "My Mom is my biggest inspiration," says Powers. "She's fearless." Working for her mother's catering business, Powers developed her own philosophy of entertaining and shares it in her new book, Lulu Powers Food to Flowers (William Morrow, 2010). She believes that anyone can host a party–and have fun doing it.

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Powers says the secret to throwing a great party is to stay calm and think outside the box. "There's no right or wrong way of entertaining," she says. "You don't have to be a chef–you just need good ingredients, well prepared." She suggests ordering take-out, throwing out the boxes and making it your own by using beautiful plates and easy garnishes. Supermarkets have taken it up a notch when it comes to healthy and delicious prepared foods, and Powers feels they're an excellent alternative to preparing everything yourself. One of her favorite stand-bys is hummus, drizzled with a little olive oil and complimented with fresh herbs.

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DON'T USE LARGE PLATTERS IF YOU DON'T HAVE THAT MUCH FOOD; THINK SMALL AND PLENTIFUL. ALL YOUR PLATTERS SHOULD BE PILED HIGH—IT'S MORE INVITING, A FEAST FOR THE EYES.

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Lulu Powers Food to Flowers includes party suggestions and menus for every occasion, and some you probably haven't even thought of. Her "Coffee and Newspaper Party" for a relaxed Sunday morning could quickly become a classic among your friends and family. And you can even invite your canine pals to a "Bowwow Bash" and give them their own delicious treats. Powers' recipes are easy to follow, and most can be done in advance. Being prepared is the secret to actually enjoying your own party and "Lulu's Entertaining Cheat Sheet" will help keep you organized. She has tips on everything from choosing the right music and the best lighting to stocking the bar and the ultimate party pantry.

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I LOVE CHEESE PLATES WITH LOTS OF ACCOUTREMENTS. I SERVE ROOM-TEMPERATURE CHEESE WITH FRESH BAGUETTE SLICES, HONEY, NUTS, OLIVES, CORNICHONS, APRICOTS, GRAPES, STRAWBERRIES, PROSCIUTTO, BREADSTICKS…IT'S UP TO YOU.

Powers' infectious spirit and stress-free style of entertaining will inspire you to create your own unforgettable parties. Lulu Powers Food to Flowers has a wealth of information to guide you through the process and make your home the place to be and your invitations the most sought-after. And you'll have such a good time doing it that you'll wonder why you haven't thrown parties more often!

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