Martha Stewart, watch your back. Pippa Middleton, party planner, is coming to America.
The headline-making, wedding scene-stealing royal in-law nicknamed “Her Royal Hotness” has written the book on partying, literally, and now we have our first look.
The cover of the 28-year-old’s first book, “Celebrate: A Year of Festivities for Families and Friends,” has been released and shows a cheery Middleton amid an assortment of celebration photos.
“This book is designed to be a comprehensive guide to home entertaining, based on my experience in my family’s party business, Party Pieces, and work for London-based events company, Table Talk,” Middleton said of the book, according to People magazine, which had the first look at the cover.
Nowhere to be seen on the cover are Middleton’s sister, Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton, or her royal in-laws like Prince William and Prince Harry.
Royal watchers will have to wait until Oct. 30 and pay $50 to see if they made on one of the book’s 400 pages. The chance of a royal reference appears unlikely, however, since Middleton reportedly delayed the book’s publishing until this fall, well after Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations, so she wouldn’t appear to be cashing in on her royal connections.
Middleton, who earned an English degree from Edinburgh University, launched The Party Times, the online party magazine for Party Pieces, the online party supply company founded by her parents, in the summer of 2010. The Daily Mail reported in November that Middleton had struck a $622,000 deal with U.K. publisher Michael Joseph, an imprint of Penguin, to write her new book.
“I hope you will see this as a feel-good book with ideas to look forward to each month, providing threads of lasting, happy memories, be it around a table lit with candles in winter, outside on a rug in summer or in the autumn, perched on a leaf-covered bench, hot drink in hand,” she said of the tome, said to feature easy ways to entertain without the stress.
The book launch will be Middleton’s first return to the spotlight since she made headlines the bad way last April when she was snapped laughing as a male companion in a car pointed a gun at a photographer following them in Paris.
The widely released image thrust the popular royal-in-law into unwanted headlines and rumors she could face criminal charges under France’s strict gun laws.
The drama proved overblown, however, when the photographer later said he knew all along the gun was a fake and never filed a police complaint and Paris police said they would not investigate the incident.