When it comes to planning a fun and thoughtful party, nobody does it better than Darcy Miller. The Martha Stewart Weddings editor at large is something of a legend when it comes to planning the perfect party and we're not just talking about big, blowout, magazine-worthy weddings. As the mother of three daughters, she's thrown some pretty fantastic (and not too over-the-top) birthday parties for her girls.
After more than 20 years documenting and writing about other people's celebrations, Darcy's finally put all of her knowledge down in what can only be described as the new bible of entertaining. Celebrate Everything: Fun Ideas to Bring Your Parties to Life ($30, on sale for $18) includes 275 pages of tips and tricks — not to mention gorgeous photography, planning pages, and inspiring photos of her own kids' parties — to help the rest of us plan memorable events. The source list in the index is worth the price of the book alone! Throughout the book are Darcy's cheery whimsical illustrations that are often the centerpieces of her own parties.
We spoke with the legendary party planner about how she goes about planning her own daughters' parties and some things she's learned along the way. Read on for her tips — including some DIY tricks that make even the simplest parties look professionally staged.