Second Bloom

Cathy Graham’s Art of the Table
By: Alexis Clark
Foreword by Joanna Coles
Photographs by Quentin Bacon and Andrew Ingalls
208 pages
With slipcase
8.7 x 
11¼ in. 
color illustrations
ISBN: 978-0-86565-348-1
Hardcover with jacket
US $35.00 / 
CAN $43.95 / 
GBP £29.95
PUBLISHED: Sep, 2017

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People in the know turn to entertaining guru Cathy Graham for advice on gracious living, in particular how to create memorable get-togethers. Second Bloom covers the essentials of party planning that can make every event shine—flowers, paper components, table setting, and meals. Cathy Graham gives inspirational ideas and tips on how to make the most of these decorative elements for any type of occasion. Quentin Bacon’s photographs of diverse settings—a seaside gathering, a casual September cocktail party, or a lively dinner in honor of a friend—show how to achieve winning possibilities that can be pulled off with ease.

Approaching life with an aesthetic eye and a sense of whimsy, Cathy Graham has always taken pleasure in arranging flowers from her garden, whether for herself or for renowned dinner parties. She also creates winsome, one-of-kind invitations to these parties that are little works of art in themselves. Graham’s sense of beauty is deliberately off-hand, allowing her to scatter the miniature replicas she has been collecting for decades—of everything from laundry detergent to lingerie—in between the bud vases that adorn her dinner tables.

Cathy Graham turns to her passion for enhancing the ordinary occasions of life with renewed zeal, cultivating her garden and working on her sketches of figures from both the fashion and art worlds. In Second Bloom, she shares easy and foolproof entertaining techniques, ranging from artful centerpieces of market fruits and vegetables to popular miniature arrangements of eBay-sourced decorative finds. Accompanied with practical step-by-step photography, Cathy Graham shows how to create lively occasions with simple and original touches.

Alexis Clark, a former editor at Town & Country, writes for numerous publications, including Condé 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.

Never was there a more beautiful book! Second Bloom is an extraordinary achievement not just of Cathy’s great talent—it’s a work of art. Every detail and every page is just perfection. The cover! The endpapers, printed so it’s hard to believe they’re not the original watercolors! And the binding looks like hand-painted linen, every detail crisp and visible. Just sitting on a table the book brings joy, let alone when you open it. The quality of the printing is extraordinary—I want to frame every page. The colors and the clarity and the quality and the detail, down to the shadows of the petals—amazing! I do think the book is the greatest value—where else can you get a work of art for $35.00? And best of all, Second Bloom truly conveys Cathy’s unique and original and brilliant artistry.

Howard Slatkin, Author, Fifth Avenue Style

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