RSVP: Simple Sophistication, Effortless Entertaining
Marie France Van Damme and Herbert Ypma
Fusing understated elegance and relaxed chic, fashion designer Marie France van Damme reveals the secrets of successful, sophisticated and stress-free entertainment on a budget. Five chapters – Flowers, Candles, The Table, Food and Art – explore how to create a sense of occasion, a relaxed mood, simple pleasures and food without worry. Each chapter finishes with actual events: a winter birthday at home, with plain black plates, flowers in a single colour, and sushi from a local Japanese restaurant; a Belgian celebration in a greenhouse with a wood-burning stove, transformed in two hours at minimal cost into what looks like a page from an event at Versailles; a stylish working lunch with takeaway curry… Perfectly attuned to the desires and realities of today’s living, this book will be welcome anywhere on the planet.