Author(s): Clark Alexis
Artist, collector, and entertaining guru Cathy Graham shares her secrets for gracious living and memorable get-togethers in Second Bloom. Graham covers the essential elements that make every event shine--flowers, paper components, table setting, and food presentation. Quentin Bacon's photographs of a seaside gathering, a casual cocktail party, or a lively dinner in honor of a friend show how to achieve winning possibilities with ease. Approaching life with a sense of whimsy, Graham demonstrates how to arrange flowers and create original touches, such as hand-drawn one-of-a-kind invitations or her practice of scattering collectable miniatures on her dinner tables. Filled with Graham's charming sketches, Second Bloom shows how to create truly special occasions.
Alexis Clark, a former editor at Town & Country, writes for numerous publications, including Conde Nast Traveler and the New York Times. She is an adjunct assistant professor at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
Joanna Coles, former editor in chief of Cosmopolitan, is chief content officer of Hearst Publications. Coles lives in New York.
Quentin Bacon and Andrew Ingalls are New York-based entertaining and lifestyle photographers.