Pippa Middleton's 'Celebrate' praised

The book written by Pippa Middleton about how to plan parties is “oddly comforting” and written in a self deprecating manner, it has been claimed.

According to telegraph.co.uk columnist Bryony Gordon, ‘Celebrate’ is “sweetly inoffensive” in terms of the ideas it contain – for example, using pumpkins as bowling balls at Halloween – and it shows the Duchess of Cambridge’s sister is more than just a famous derriere.

Ms Gordon noted that the rumoured £400,000 advance for the book is certainly atypical, but people planning their own celebrations at event spaces may find some accessibly recipes and activities contained within.

In her introduction, Ms Middleton remarks: “I think it’s fair to say it has its upside and its downside. I certainly have opportunities many can only dream of, but in most ways I’m a typical girl in her twenties trying to forge a career and represent herself in what can sometimes seem rather strange circumstances.”

Reporting on the launch of the book, the full title of which is ‘Celebrate: A Year of British Festivities for Families and Friends’, dailymail.co.uk noted that Bonfire Night is one of the major celebrations covered.

She describes in the book how the smells, sights and sounds at this time of year are very “evocative” for her; she remembers celebrating it with her school friends all having sparklers in their hands.