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Originally posted 12/23/2012 08:05AM
Celebrity event planner and chef Linnea Johansson knows how to throw a party. She's worked with A-list stars such as Richard Gere, Susan Sarandon and Justin Timberlake and just released her second book, Perfect Parties – Tips and Recipes from a New York Party Planner in October. Now she's lending her expertise to PEOPLE.com with two blogs geared toward your holiday party planning. Cheers!
When planning a holiday party or a bash for any time of year, you may want to start with an easy, inexpensive dining room makeover.
Giving your old chairs a new look in no time to spruce up your dining room for the holidays and/or any party occasion. Simply wrap fabric against the back of the chairs and then staple the fabric on the inside of the back ... and you have new chair slip covers in a jiffy. This works great at home, and you can easily create a new look for a room.
This trick has saved me many times. I once did an event for the Food Network to honor their stars. There was not much to do on the food end as all the show hosts and chefs sent over their recipes for a menu. The space was beautiful but the chairs I rented arrived in the wrong color. So I had to do a little last minute dining room makeover. My team and I rushed out and got fabric from the office and did a quick makeover for the chairs right before the guests started to arrive.
Originally posted 10/23/2012 01:30PM
November may be a tough month for the current reigning Sexiest Man Alive Bradley Cooper, who will be forced to relinquish his title in a few weeks when PEOPLE bestows the honor upon another deserving actor.
"I'm in therapy three times a week, but I think I'll get through it," the star of already critically-praised Silver Linings Playbook told PEOPLE at the Hollywood Film Awards in Beverly Hills on Monday.
While Former Sexiest Man Alive (and Argo director and star) Ben Affleck also made an appearance at the gala, Cooper had his eye on another past winner when asked who should be 2012's Sexiest Man Alive.
Originally posted 04/09/2008 09:20AM
No humble pie for Richard Gere.
While the actor may have attempted to kiss and make up a year ago for his cultural gaffe of planting a public smooch on Bollywood star Shilpa Shetty at an anti-AIDS show in New Delhi – Gere issued a formal apology after the incident – an apparently unrepentant Gere is now taking pride for having stirred the pot.
"It's a badge of somewhat insane courage," Gere, 58, told Reuters, citing others who had also been singled out for similar offenses. "It is a very complex society."
Originally posted 10/19/2007 10:45AM
Richard Gere is shelling out the green to move into artist Julian Schnabel's big red condominium building in New York's West Village. Gere's exact purchase price for the apartment was undisclosed, says the Wall Street Journal, but a similar unit in the building went for $15.5 million last month.
In building his colorful nine-story addition above what used to be a horse stable, Schnabel, the artist and film director (most recently of The Diving Bell and the Butterfly), has ruffled some feathers, with some neighbors derisively calling the structure the "pink building."
Originally posted 04/27/2007 11:55AM
In an effort to kiss and make up to those he offended with his controversial smooch in India, Richard Gere issued a formal statement on Friday.
Originally posted 04/27/2007 08:35AM
Richard Gere has defended himself after a warrant was issued for his arrest for giving an Indian actress a kiss that a local judge deemed "indecent."
Originally posted 02/16/2005 01:00PM
Sickness has caused Jennifer Lopez to lay low in Los Angeles instead of showing up for a London movie premiere and European press tour, she announced on Wednesday.
Originally posted 01/04/2005 08:35AM
WAYLAID: Jennifer Garner is "very sick" with a viral infection and "taking it day by day," her publicist, Nicole King, tells USA Today, following a report that the Alias star, 32, had bowed out of all public appearances and promotion of her new movie, Elektra. It remains to be seen whether she will attend the movie's Saturday premiere in Las Vegas, King said. The actress, who was photographed spending the holidays in West Virginia with her family and boyfriend Ben Affleck, was due to see a physician on Monday, said King, adding that there is no truth to the rumors that Garner is pregnant.
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