We’re feeling the party vibes in the haven HQ right now, to celebrate the launch of our latest issue. While we’re pretty confident our ‘Party Bible’ covers everything from straws to streamers, we’re not too proud to admit that sometimes, having a handy book on hand during the party planning process can take your shindig from drab to fab! These are a few of our favourites…

Pretty Paper Parties

With the materials in this portfolio-40 sheets of gorgeous patterned paper, ready-to-cut templates, plus step-by-step instructions-stunning party decorations are only a few snips away. Crafty types can mix and match the colour palettes and patterns to create garlands, cupcake toppers, bunting, goofy photo-booth props, banners, and more for baby showers, birthdays, engagement parties, or just for fun!

RRP $39.95 // buy it here

70’s Dinner Party: The Good, the Bad and the Downright Ugly of Retro Food

Harking back to a simpler pre-Instagram, pre-clean-eating era, when the only concern for your dinner party was whether your aspic would set in time, this is a joyful celebration of food that can give you gout just by looking at it. Covering all the essentials, from starters through to desserts, dinner party etiquette (just how does one start to eat a swan fashioned from a hardboiled egg?) and the dreaded ‘foreign’ food, there’s no potato-fashioned-as-a-stone left unturned.

RRP $16.95 // buy it here

The Barbecue Guide

The Barbecue Guide is a collection of tempting barbecue meals to share with friends and family to celebrate the world of outdoor cooking. The Barbecue Guide takes you beyond the humble sausage, offering enticing recipes for meat, seafood, vegetables, sides and sauces. It also presents the equipment and skills you need to ensure your barbecue cooking is flawless every time.

RRP $24.99 // buy it here

Perfect Party Cakes Made Easy: Over 70 Fun-to-decorate Cakes for All Occasions

A collection of Carol Deacon’s best fun cakes, this is your must-have kitchen companion. Whether it’s for a children’s party or a grown-up graduation celebration there are ideas to suit. All the cakes are designed to be easy-to-make and decorate and the simple instructions and detailed methods allow both would-be and experienced cake decorators the opportunity to create a range of novelty party cakes.

RRP $34.95 // buy it here

Kara’s Party Ideas

Kara Allen uses illustrations and colour to bring dozens of parties to life on the pages of her must-have party book. A guide to planning the perfect party, this book includes tips and ideas for party themes and decorations, including an elephant baby shower, a circus train birthday party, and a hot air balloon party. It even comes with a CD loaded with printable invites and party décor included.

RRP $34 // buy it here


Seriously, what doesn’t Tori Spelling have covered? The former 90210 star and New York Times bestselling author released ‘CelebraTORI’ back in 2013, and we’ve referred to it while party planning time and time again. This guide offers helpful tips and advice for throwing a fabulous and affordable party—it’s like having your own personal party planner for a fraction of the cost!

RRP $11.99 // buy it here

Decorate for a Party: Stylish and Simple Ideas for Meaningful Gatherings

A stunning sourcebook packed with decorating tips and techniques that will ignite your creativity. Whether you are planning a significant celebration or a simple dinner with friends, this book delivers creative ideas for every occasion. All aspects of party planning are covered, from lighting to playlists, hostess gifts, colors and patterns, food ideas, wall decor ideas, DIY projects and hundreds of fun tips that will make your party memorable.

RRP $39.99 // buy it here

The Dips and Spreads Guide

The Dips and Spreads Guide explores the fundamentals of creating delightful dip bases and provides creative, delectable variations to lift your entertaining game. This guide offers simple recipes for delicious dips and spreads that anyone with a basic level of culinary skill can whip together to entertain friends and family. Special diets such a Diary-Free, Diabetic, Low-Sodium, Gluten-Free, Vegetarian and Vegan are all catered for.

RRP $24.99 // buy it here

Barefoot Contessa Parties!

She ran the acclaimed speciality food store, Barefoot Contessa, for twenty years, and now Ina Garten is flexing her culinary muscles in the party world, too. Ina shares secrets she has gleaned from her years not only as a caterer but as a dedicated party giver, focusing on fun and easy preparation to make your party pop. Forget those boring Saturday-night dinners that just won’t end. With Ina’s advice, you’re certain to have all your friends saying, “Wasn’t that fun!”.

RRP $59.99 // buy it here

Trophy Cupcakes & Parties

From Seattle’s favourite cupcake bakery, Trophy Cupcakes and Party, discover the secrets to their magic in this essential guide. From luxe soirees to crafty kids’ parties,  find 25 recipes for Trophy’s most beloved and unique flavours, including red velvet, lemon meringue, triple chocolate and pina colada, as well as the basics on how to generate party themes, ingenious decorating and entertaining ideas and insider baking and frosting tips from Trophy founder Jennifer Shea.

RRP $42.99 // buy it here



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