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Slide Show: 10 Entertaining Ideas From Planner Debi Lilly's New Book

By Jenny Berg June 6, 2012, 6:23 PM EDT

Photo: Artisan Events, Beauty on Call

As founder and owner of the Chicago-based firm A Perfect Event, Debi Lilly has planned everything from speakeasy-inspired corporate events to Oprah Winfrey's televised 50th birthday bash. Earlier this year, she partnered with Safeway to design a collection of gifts, home decor, and products for entertaining, with all items cashing in at under $20. The collection is sold in 2,000 of the retailers' national outposts, including Dominicks grocery stores. The collaboration inspired the title and spirit of her book, A Perfect Event: Inspired, Easy Elegance for Every Occasion—Grocery to Gorgeous Recipes, Stylist Secrets, and Affordable DIYs, available in stores and on Amazon this month. Here, Lilly provides rule-of-thumb entertaining tips with photos from the book. 

Images from A Perfect Event: Inspired, Easy Elegance for Every Occasion—Grocery to Gorgeous Recipes, Stylist Secrets, and Affordable DIYs by Debi Lily. Copyright © 2012 by Debi Lilly. Used by permission of Dunham Group.

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