About the Book

From interior designer and style maven Lorna Gross, Entertaining by Design is a collection of accessible gatherings, organized by season, from a small dinner to post-Christmas breakfast celebration. Each gathering is designed to be instructional, inspirational, and doable for anyone by using tableware and decorations you may already have along with carefully chosen decorative items like place cards or serving platters that can cost as little or as much as your budget allows. 

Each gathering includes suggestions for the best way to invite your guests—sometimes, that’s just a well-thought-out email—types of tableware, music suggestions to set the mood, and a color scheme to tie everything together. Lorna has shared a few of her favorite recipes that are satisfying, delicious, and certain to get the party started. In a world where we’re constantly busy, it’s easy to think there is no time to plan a party, but Lorna proves that with her simple instructions, streamlined tips, and a little planning, any of these gatherings can be accomplished. Whether you believe you don’t know how to create a gathering or you just think you don't have the time, gorgeous photos throughout the book encourage readers by showing how easy it can all be.

Meet the Author

Lorna Gross is an award-winning interior designer, speaker, and lifestyle authority. Her work has been featured by Architectural Digest, Veranda, Southern Home, House Beautiful, Better Homes and Gardens, and Home and Design, among other publications. Lorna’s design savvy has graced homes throughout North America and London and she has received the coveted Designer of Distinction Award from the American Society of Interior Designers. Her path has taken her from bone china dinners in New York to raucous crawfish boils in Louisiana to political soirees in Washington, DC, and she wholeheartedly embraces every single moment.