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It’s time for celebration! Graduations, festivals, and the yearly Summerfest are all just around the corner. Where do you start when it comes to planning your event? Portage County District Library has a number of available titles in the collection to assist you in with this task. Whether you’re planning a small gathering or large party, we are here to help you get the party started!

Here are just a few titles to help you get started:

Betty Crocker Party Food: 100 Recipes for the Way You Really Cook. If you love to party, you’ll love this book. It’s filled with fast, foolproof recipes for all your favorite munchies-snack mixes, dips and spreads, finger foods and bite-sized sweets. Whether you’re throwing a cocktail party, lounging around on the patio, or having the gang over for holiday desserts, you’ll find lots of easy-to-fix nibbles and treats that everyone will love.

America Entertains: A Year of Imaginative Parties by David Tutera (photographs by Ericka McConnell). David Tutera takes us on a year-long road trip of thoroughly American parties. Over 200 full-color photos of these spectacular events to inspire readers to bring the ideas into their own parties at home. “Tutera Tips” provide insider knowledge from this talented professional, including where to seat your most eccentric relatives at a reception.

Diane Warner’s Great Parties on Small Budgets: Celebrations for Grownups and Kids of All Ages by Diane Warner. America’s favorite wedding and party planner, has written another exceptional party book, which includes all sorts of low cost ideas for all kinds of parties. It is a must for anyone who loves to throw parties and not break the bank at the same time. Warner tells you everything you need to know to make the gathering unique, enjoyable, and, best of all, affordable.

Jon & Jayne’s Guide to Throwing, Going To, and Surviving Parties by Jon & Jayne Doe. It’s about all of us—what we like, what we do, what we need, and how we cope. It’s about getting by in this world the best way we can. It’s about giving advice and accepting advice, making mistakes and avoiding them, learning lessons, having fun, and being serious. It’s about laughing, crying, sharing, socializing, venting, and more. Most of all, it’s about being ourselves.

The South Beach Diet Parties & Holidays Cookbook: Healthy Recipes for Entertaining Family and Friends by Arthur Agatston. The famed Miami Beach cardiologist who has helped millions of people worldwide to lose weight and eat healthier with his best-selling South Beach Diet books now addresses the special challenge that can undermine anyone’s willpower-the irresistible lure of diet-busting dishes at festive occasions. As the more than 20 menus and 150 easy, all-new recipes in this cookbook prove, there’s no need to give up favorite holiday and party dishes to stay on the South Beach Diet. Dr. Agatston explains that healthy entertaining is not a matter of deprivation, but of simply making as many good choices as possible.

The Big Book of Outdoor Cooking and Entertaining: Spirited Recipes and Expert Tips for Barbecuing, Charcoal and Gas Grilling, Rotisserie Roasting, Smoking, Deep-Frying, and Making Merry by Cheryl and Bill Jamison. America’s outdoor cooking experts Cheryl and Bill Jamison have something big to say. So it takes a book this big to hold it all. They have put their knowledge about outdoor cooking and entertaining into one gigantic, colossal, humongous, comprehensive guide. Bursting with more than 850 recipes and hundreds of tips and how-tos for grilling, barbecuing, smoking, rotisserie roasting, planking, big-pot frying, and boiling, this is the only backyard cookbook you’ll ever need.

Block Parties & Poker Nights: Recipes and Ideas for Getting and Staying Connected with Your Neighbors by Peggy Allen. Across the country, folks are rediscovering potluck parties, progressive dinners, and other neighborhood gatherings as a way to forge bonds that endure long after the last dish is cleared away. From small, adults-only get-togethers to neighborhood extravaganzas, this book has dozens of creative ideas, for fun, fulfilling community events and the tried-and-true dishes that make them so memorable.

Fix-It and Forget-It Recipes for Entertaining: Slow Cooker Favorites for All the Year Round by Phyllis Pellman Good & Dawn J. Ranck. This book is bursting with absolutely delicious recipes, as well as Tips for Hosting, Menus for Meals with Friends, and Ideas for Go-Alongs that compliment slow cooker dishes. You’ll love cooking, hosting and eating from this treasury of good food.

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