"When the opportunity for celebrating knocks, answer the door and offer it some champagne!" says Karen Bussen. Author of the best-selling Simple Stunning wedding series, Bussen here directs her expert eye to a more intimate kind of festivity: the at-home party. Her credo, though, remains the same: Create menus featuring wonderful ingredients in no-fuss, crowd-pleasing preparations; combine homemade and store-bought items in fresh, elegant presentations; tailor colors, tableware, and lighting for visual impact; and limit effort, expense, and waste. The book details 12 complete plans for four kinds of parties--cocktail gatherings, casual suppers, formal dinners, and daytime get-togethers. Each plan includes food and drink menus (with recipes) as well as decor and music suggestions.