Every occasion calls out for something extra, whether it's flowers you set on the table, foods to honor a special gathering, or the selection of music. For both hostess and guest, consideration of those around you is among the most important qualities for any enjoyable occasion.In 'Occasions', designer Kate Spade invites you into her world of easy, festive entertaining, where the emphasis is not on 'the perfect meal' but on having 'the perfect time'. It's a world where laughter and conversation at dinner parties are encouraged and where spilled red wine on the couch is no reason to stop the music. Any occasion begins with preparation, and at the outset Kate describes such basic components as lighting; table linens, flatware, and glassware; flowers; even bedding for overnight or weekend guests. Whether you entertain a lot or a little, and whether your style is casual or formal, 'Occasions', with more than 230 charming watercolor illustrations, is a handy and fresh approach to the subject, a book to be treasured today and over the years.