Simple Sophistication, Effortless Entertaining


Perfectly attuned to the realities of modern-day living, this elegant book is the only guide that you need to stylish and stress-free entertaining

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Marie France Van Damme


Entertaining should be a source of joy, not anxiety, especially in an age in which conspicuous luxury is no longer considered the height of sophistication. Fusing understated European elegance with the dramatic Asian aesthetics of her Hong Kong home, Marie France Van Damme reveals the secrets of successful entertainment.

You don’t need to know how to cook – not even a little bit. You don’t need family silver, fancy china or an expensive venue. With just a little bit of effort and imagination – and a few very simple guidelines – even the most ordinary evening can become a memorable, magical occasion.

Chapters on Flowers, Candles, The Table, Food and Art – show how to create beautiful decorations, elegant food and exquisite ambience without unnecessary worry or expense. Each chapter finishes with actual events – a winter birthday party; a lavish formal celebration; even an unconventional Christmas dinner on a deserted Thai beach. An informal afternoon tea with family becomes an elegant, comforting ritual.

Each of these events has been beautifully photographed by Herbert Ypma, the bestselling author behind the Hip Hotels series.

Additional information

Weight 1344 g
Dimensions 23.4 x 25.9 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 1 October 2012
Number of pages 224
Format Hardback
Dimensions 23.4 x 25.9 cm
Weight 1344 g


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Herbert Ypma is the author of all the titles in the mould breaking Hip Hotels series as well the following books, all published byThames & Hudson in the World Design series: London Minimum, Pacific Island, Paris:Objet Trouvé, American Country, Mexican Contemporary and Irish Georgian.

Canadian-born Marie France Van Damme is the Founder & Creative Director of The Marie France Van Damme high end resort wear line. She is based in Hong Kong.