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Best-Selling Author Offers Summer Party Ideas in Va.
Best-Selling Author Offers Summer Party Ideas in Va.

Ever find yourself stressing about an event you are planning where you will be entertaining lots of guests? Author, Cheryl Najafi, offers tips to help you lose the anxiety, take a step back, and enjoy the moment in her new book, You’re So Invited: Panic Less, Play More and Get Your Party On.

If you want to meet Najafi, she will be at Pottery Barn at Tyson’s Corner Center on Saturday, June 9 at 10 a.m., to greet guests, sign copies of her new book, and give inexpensive ideas and tips for summer entertaining.

Originally from rural Missouri, Cheryl Najafi was no stranger to party planning.

“When you come from a small town of about 7,000 in the Midwest, there’s not much to do so we always had people over and entertained. We didn’t only celebrate the big events in life, we celebrated every event in a fun and casual environment,” explained Najafi.

Najafi moved from Missouri to Arizona for college, met the love of her life, had three kids, and somewhere in the middle began entertaining distinguished guests of her husbands from around the globe.

“I was thrown into a formal entertaining style that I wasn’t used to, and that was super stressful, and impersonal. I learned quickly, but didn’t care for the formality of it so I decided to change things up,” explained Najafi.

You’re So Invited, shows you affordable and easy new ways to decorate using repurposed items from around the house, which Najafi says is key in party planning, along with adding unique twists from mixing and matching dishes to blending colorful patterns for an everyday sophisticated style.

“The smallest touch can make a difference. From food to cocktails and decorations, readers can relax, relish the experience and have just as much fun as their guests are having with these easy and inexpensive tips,” says Najafi.

A few of Najafi’s suggestions are listed below:

  • For summer, use citrus bowls like that of an orange or grapefruit to put sorbet or any fresh dessert in.
  • Infuse water with fresh fruits and veggies. It’s visually appealing and refreshing.
  • Can the cooler and use punchbowls for a clever ice bucket alternative.
  • Cedar planks, lemon, salt, a little dill and a nice piece of salmon are all you need to wow guests with your grilling prowess.
  • Turn simple gumballs into stunning cake decorations.

To see more, and meet Cheryl Najafi this Saturday, make sure to RSVP at Pottery Barn in Tyson’s Corner located at 80041 Tyson’s Corner.

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