So many wonderful new books have been released this spring, and I always enjoy sharing my favorites. First up, Charlotte Moss Entertains. As a huge Charlotte Moss fan, I have every one of her books, and I simply could not wait to add the latest to my collection. A renowned interior designer and tastemaker, Charlotte Moss is knowns for her Southern charm and gracious hospitality. Charlotte Moss Entertains teaches us not only how to entertain for social gatherings and holidays, but also how to make every day an occasion with a little elegance and romance. Moss opens her butlers pantry and linen closets to share how china, silver, linens, and flowers are used to create the backdrop for a life well lived… from grand dinner parties to breakfast in bed.
Moss offers wisdom that has guided her through the years with tips ranging from knowing your strengths and when to bring in help, to choosing the right music, seating your guests to keep the conversation flowing, and creating an element of surprise. She also pays tribute to the style icons who have inspired her along the way including Marjorie Merriweather Post, Lesley Blanch, Elsie de Wolfe, Pauline de Rothschild, Bunny Mellon, Jacqueline Kennedy, Elsa Maxwell, Audrey Hepburn, Elizabeth David, and Betsy Bloomingdale.
“There are too many good books available that contain all the whats, ifs, how-tos and definitely the nots,” said Moss. “But, I thought I might give you some thoughts that have guided me over the years. Nothing complicated, no rules, no finger wagging – just ideas.”
Charlotte Moss Entertains is a lovely reminder to celebrate the day-to-day by bringing enthusiasm and style to every domestic activity. Setting the table becomes a joy when putting together stylish combinations of place mats, monogrammed linens, china, tableware, curios, and flowers. “Once you’ve done it enough times, and with confidence, you will then graduate to what all great hosts and hostesses are able to do – spontaneous entertaining.”
Released this month, Charlotte Moss Entertains was published by Rizzoli and is available for sale via Amazon. Photography by Charlotte Moss © Charlotte Moss Entertains by Charlotte Moss, Rizzoli New York, 2018.