Finding a fellow passionate tablescaping author is always exciting for me! When I first saw the cover of Stephanie Booth Shafran’s book, I couldn’t wait to get eyes on the inside pages. They don’t disappoint and I promise that this beautiful book will provide achievable inspiration for your next special occasion. Descended from one of the founding families of Los Angeles, Stephanie Booth Shafran is among the city’s preeminent hostesses. The great, great granddaughter of The Los Angeles Times publisher Harrison Gray Otis, Stephanie grew up in a home where her parents, Dorothy and Otis Booth habitually entertained a wide circle of friends and this passion for entertaining was instilled in Stephanie at a young age. She has been surrounded by beauty for decades-continually gathering inspiration from her passion for decorating, interiors, architecture, gardens, fashion and travel and she translates these passions into developing beautiful, tasteful events for family, friends and charities. Stephanie divides her time between her homes in Los Angeles, New York and Sun Valley, Idaho, which she shares with her husband, Steve, their blended family of seven children, and their three Cavalier King Charles Spaniels. The joy Stephanie finds entertaining for her friends & family inspired her first book, You’re Invited: Classic, Elegant Entertaining, which was published in Spring 2020 by Rizzoli Publications.
I was thrilled when Stephanie accepted our invitation to share her Author Story. Scroll below to read her replies to our ten questions.
- What inspired you to write your book? My friends and family started pushing me to photograph the parties and events at our home.
- What do you hope people take from your book? INSPIRATION AND IDEAS! I hope my book encourages others to open their homes and hearts to family and friends, so they invite people over and start creating more memories and fun events.
- How did you get your first book published? I have the BEST agent Jill Cohen and she taught me that you do your best quality work and success will follow.
- Where do you write? I write in my Los Angeles office where I can have some quiet time and be inspired by my inspiration board, books and photographs.
- What did you learn from this project? Creating a book is far more work than people realize- it takes a professional team, organization, patience, flexibility, lots of planning ahead of time and lots of creativity to make each chapter unique.
- Who did you dedicate this book to and why? My husband, Steve, and my family, as they are at the center of everything I do and in my heart always.
- Is there anything you have published that you would like to “un-publish? No- I think every party is different and brings back a beautiful memory as to what went on to create that party, so no regrets. Learning and growth is part of the journey, so I welcome it.
- What advice would you give to an aspiring author? Be passionate and clear about what you want to create. Do not skimp- it is really important to have a terrific professional photography team.
- Who are your favorite authors? There are so many talented authors. Of course, I love Carolyne Roehm, Mark Sikes, Suzanne Kasler are 3 of my favorites.
- How do you reward yourself when you finish a book? A trip to start gathering more inspiration!