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THE COCKTAIL PARTY: Eat Drink Play Recover
by Mary Giuliani with Foreword
by Mario Batali

THE COCKTAIL PARTY: Eat Drink Play Recover by Mary Giuliani with Foreword by Mario Batali

Ballantine Hardcover

On sale: October 6, 2015

Page count: 256 pages/ color photos & illustrations throughout

“This book is hilarious, warm, and all true. When you go to a party at Mary’s house, you leave having not even noticed how brilliantly catered the night was because the idea of catering itself is somehow too pretentious for Mary. She just pulls it all together with effortless panache and all I can ever remember the next day—besides the fact that I drank too much—is how delicious everything was and how much fun I had. That is why I have her saved on my phone as ‘Party Expert.’”

—Jonathan Van Meter, Author and Contributing Editor, Vogue and New York Magazine

“When Mary caters a party at your home guests eat more, drink more, linger longer and when they do finally leave, they ask for to-go bags. Delicious but never fussy. Clever but never pretentious. Mary Giuliani’s approach to food and entertaining is warm and familiar without ever sacrificing on quality and sophistication.”

—Ariel Foxman, Editorial Director, InStyle

When the finest names in art, fashion and entertainment want to host a standout event, they call Mary Giuliani-- party and lifestyle expert and owner of Mary Giuliani Catering and Events.

With her "simple yet special" approach to parties, Mary's clients look to her to break entertaining norms and bring to life party ideas that are one of a kind, out of the box, playful experiences. From classic evening cocktails to an afternoon baby shower to a Cinco de Mayo fiesta, THE COCKTAIL PARTY is where you’ll find the go-to recipes, inventive tips, and practical advice to help make any occasion one your guests will not soon forget.

Mary and her catering company Mary Giuliani Catering have found tremendous success serving a range of bites (mini grilled cheese, mini mac and cheese, mini meatballs), rather than big heavy meals. She also relies on impressive serve yourself bars (think mozzarella bar, donut bar, frittata bar) which she likes to refer to as a "snacktivity"--and each occasion has step-by-step directions to create these wonderful attention-getters. Other helpful features include: a guide to how to use the book, a party calculator (how much to buy and prep for any number of guests), and tips for what to stock your "party closet" with so you can quickly turn a casual drop-by into a fabulous time.

Key Selling Points:

ELITE, CONNECTED NEW YORK CATERER: Mary's catering clients include some of the top people and places in fashion, art, and media (J.Crew, Ralph Lauren, HBO, Carolina Herrera, Vogue, InStyle, and more). HOLLYWOOD CONNECTION: Mary and her company are also very much in demand in Hollywood. We can look forward to quotes from some well-known names (Jerry/Jessica Seinfeld, Ina Garten, Bradley Cooper, Jimmy Fallon, Mickey Drexler and more).

FOREWORD FROM MARIO BATALI: Mary and Mario have a catering partnership (entitled Mario by Mary) and he has provided a foreword to the book.

MEDIA-SAVVY AUTHOR: She has appeared on NBC's Today show, Good Morning America, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, The Nate Berkus Show, The Barefoot Contessa, as well as in numerous print publications including People, InStyle, Everyday with Rachel Ray, and many more. We will be able to leverage all of her existing media relationships for the book.

FUN RETRO FULL-COLOR PACKAGE: More than 100 whimsical illustrations and photographs will help inspire ideas for a wide range of occasions.

RETAIL BOUTIQUE: Mary is currently developing a retail Hors D'Oeuvre Boutique and party store (The Cocktail Party Love, Mary) to accompany the launch of the book.

COVERS HUGE RANGE OF OCCASIONS: While there are inspired ideas and details for expected celebrations (Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's, Valentine's Day), Mary also includes a range of 20 original occasions to celebrate including Awards Season, Surprise Party, Spring/Garden Party, Fashion Week, Game Day, Baby Shower, Beach Party, and more.

Mary Giuliani is the owner of Mary Giuliani Catering, a company with a client list that includes some of the top people and places in fashion, art, and media. She has appeared on the Today show, The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Good Morning America, Fox Morning News, and The Barefoot Contessa. In 2013 she partnered with Chef Mario Batali on a catering collaboration called MARIObyMary (www.mariobymary.com). Mary splits her time between New York City and Woodstock, New York, with her husband Ryan and their two dogs Stanley and Hudson.