Dimensions: 192 pages, 10.26 × 8.84 × 1.02 in
Published: March 11, 2014
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0847842517
ISBN - 13: 9780847842513
From the Publisher
In this indispensable entertaining guide, Michael Devine, a well-known tastemaker, shows how the garden can be a perfect and easily transformable setting to stage enchanted events in every season. Michael Devine shares the joys of outdoor dining in his exquisite garden, presenting several get-togethers throughout the year-from breakfast and lunch to cocktails and dinner. Included are easy-to-prepare recipes as well as lots of ideas for creating festive tablescapes and decor that befit each occasion, from an iridescent butterfly-themed summer luncheon to a Christmas Eve feast in his cozy candlelit garden folly. Each garden event is chic and infused with whimsical effects. This small backyard garden has clipped bushes, trellised climbing roses, potted containers, and raised sprightly vegetable and herb beds, which serve as the source for many of the fresh ingredients for his mouthwatering menus. An array of sensuous blooms for the table is ready for the picking. A charming bagatelle with a thatched roof and a gravel terrace enveloped by the lush garden function as intimate seating areas for his chic parties. This book provides expert guidance and inspiration for readers looking to create their own stylish outdoor parties with ease, whether they are city dwellers with a small plot of land or the owners of country property.
About the Author
Michael Devine has an internationally recognized line of hand-printed fabrics. His textiles and gardens have appeared in numerous print and online magazines, including House Beautiful, Elle Decor, Traditional Home, and the Peak of Chic. He is a weekly columnist for Lonny magazine. A celebrated prolific designer and author, Charlotte Moss most recently wrote the successful Charlotte Moss Decorates and A Visual Life. John Gruen is a lifestyle photographer.
“From the moment you open An Invitation to the Garden , you feel as though you are Devine’s personal guest as you stroll through the lush green landscape and join him at his garden table so elegantly and festively set with creative yet simple menus and ideas to last the year...With 12 sensational menus, over 50 recipes, and peppered with helpful tips and gardening advice, An Invitation to the Garden will inspire you to host your own festive outdoor celebration no matter how large or lush your own garden and budget are.” – The Entertaining House "...a romantic, swoon-worthy alfresco fete" - House Beautiful “An entertaining guide with both inspirational and practical information, Michael shares menu, floral and presentation tips that can be adapted to any space. Whether you have an ample country garden or grow herbs on an apartment windowsill, you’ll be chomping at the bit to plan your next dinner party with all the creative ideas inside. But it isn’t just summer pleasures celebrated in the book. Michael shares ideas for all four seasons.” – Quintessence “Once this book arrived I was pleasantly surprised to see that in addiction to an abundance of inspirational ideas for outdoor entertaining and beautiful photography, I was also getting a very creative cookbook as well. With fifty mouthwatering recipes included, I know I’ll be turning to this chic book for entertaining tips this spring.” – Zhus