MAURY A. ANKRUM
In her new book The Occasional Affair, she shares her creativity, techniques, secret sources and tips for transforming parties into truly memorable events. Maury is married and lives with her family in Denver, Colorado.
A Note from Maury
“When I was a child, my mother never put the emphasis on gifts – partly because we didn’t have a lot of money for them – but instead, she instilled in me the value of time spent together through celebrating. I can’t tell you what present I got for Christmas when I was five, but I can describe in great detail the handmade cookies we made for Santa. I can vividly recall the family picnics, the Thanksgiving day talent shows and the birthday parties my parents gave us on a shoestring budget – always with the most creative décor and games. My childhood was filled with celebrations and occasions that taught me the importance to being with friends and family.
“If there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s that entertaining doesn’t need to be a difficult or daunting process. Throwing an unforgettable party doesn’t require a ton of time or money; it just requires a little thought, creativity, and heart. The Occasional Affair gives readers the menus, timelines, shopping lists, planning aids, resources and encouragement they need to feel inspired and confident about throwing their own extraordinary gatherings.
“I wrote The Occasional Affair for the woman who feels intimidated and apprehensive about throwing a party. Perhaps she doesn’t feel she has the money, style or resources to entertain – or maybe she is juggling myriad responsibilities and feels she doesn’t have the time to make the effort. The Occasional Affair features more than a dozen exquisitely-photographed parties that celebrate some of our most cherished holidays as well as unique and unexpected parties that can be the inspiration for birthdays, anniversaries – or just because. Approachable and realistic, The Occasional Affair includes all the details and resources to help readers plan, prepare and pull off beautiful, intimate gatherings – all on a mainstream budget.”