Eat your perfectly-shaped heart out, Martha. Arizona's Cheryl Najafi is about to give you a run for your (probably) ironed and flawlessly folded money.

Instead of banking on impeccable everything, when it comes to entertaining at home Najafi relies on enjoying herself and her guests, improvisation, and kooky creativity. Have some terra cotta pots lying around? Use them for tablescaping. Run out of dishes? Repurpose martini glasses for serving dessert. Essentially: Make what you have into what you need it to be. Call it flying by the seat of your pantyhose, but for Najafi it's a philosophy. In her book, You're So Invited, she explains her entertaining style and tosses in a ton of Pinterest-worthy party ideas.

Tue., May 29, 10 a.m., 2012
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Becky Bartkowski is an award-winning journalist and the arts and music editor at New Times, where she writes about art, fashion, and pop culture.
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