She came to the world's attention at her sister Kate's magnificent nuptials last year. And her global appeal just gets bigger and bigger. Pippa Middleton, who already runs her own online magazine called The Party Times, has recently negotiated a six-figure book deal for her debut publication.
Set to hit the shelves in October, Celebrate: A Year of Festivities for Families and Friends is filled with the Duchess of Cambridge's sister's practical advice on party planning tips with particular focus on British tradition, ritual and bringing friends and family together.Having planned Kate and Prince William's lavish royal wedding post-party complete with disco balls and an early morning breakfast, she definitely has the experience. Pippa says: "This book is a useful and practical journey into British-themed occasions and I hope it offers welcome inspiration and ideas, most of which needn't leave you alarmingly out of pocket. "Entertaining on any scale can be stressful and daunting so this is all about finding ways to manage and enjoy the process".
The 400 hundred-page book, written by Pippa herself, unveils how to plan soiree events, holidays and children's parties, and includes everything from recipes to crafts and games. While we're waiting for the paper version, here's a taster from The Party Times giving expert advice on throwing a stress-free kids' party. • Remove any precious breakables and put excess furniture upstairs • Have a system of where coats should go and get children to remove their shoes • Make a sign to explain where the loo is – and get someone to check on a regular basis that the taps aren't left turned on or the loo isn't stuffed with paper • Ban upstairs and let everyone know – encourage your child to enforce the rule • Invite other parents to stay for a cup of tea or even a glass of Prosecco • Never let the party go on for more than two hours, and roll out the party bags when it's home time