Entertaining guru Colin Cowie has long been the mastermind behind celebrity fetes such as Oprah's Legends Ball and Elton John's Oscar party. His latest book, Colin Cowie Chic: The Guide to Life As It Should Be, reveals how to throw celebrity-worthy get-togethers in your own home (and on your own budget)! Writes Cowie, "The secret to elegant entertaining is surprisingly simple: Create a relaxed, friendly atmosphere where you and your guests feel welcome."
Portions adapted from Colin Cowie Chic: The Guide to Life As It Should Be ($20; amazon.com). To be published by Clarkson Potter/Publishers, and available in stores and online December 31, 2007.Read MoreLess