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for families on Nantucket. Soon, she expanded into catering and party planning as well. “It always came so… innately,” she says. In April, Powers released Lulu Powers: Food to Flowers: Simple, Stylish Food for Easy Entertaining. Complete with recipes, entertaining tips, and planning guides, the book was written to help ease the stress of throwing a party. “The spirit of the host really carries the party,” Powers says. “If guests arrive and the host is noticeably stressed, it’s not fun for anyone.” Included is Lulu’s Entertaining Cheat Sheet, a last-minute checklist to guarantee a smoothly run soiree. “I want to be a cheerleader, to show that everyone can entertain successfully,” she says. Part of Powers’ enviable talent for entertaining is her ability to master the bigger picture; she considers the “look” of a party to be as important as the food she serves. “The ambience has to be right; the music on, the lights dimmed,” she says. “I might be a decorator at heart.” And Powers’ 1927 bungalow in West Hollywood certainly suggests that her knack for design goes beyond party planning. She and her husband, photographer Stephen Danelian, have decorated their home with a collection of found and favorite objects. “I always want to see things that make me happy,” she says. “I learned it from my mom, to just be sure to make everything pretty.” r n her early 20s, celebrity caterer Lulu Powers moved to Los Angeles with dreams of becoming a television sitcom writer. To earn a living, she worked as a private chef for Hollywood elite, a “day job” that took an unexpected turn when her celebrity clients began taking serious note of her work. Television, it turns out, was not in her cards. “I truthfully never anticipated coming to L.A. and falling into cooking,” says Powers, who has been referred to as the new Martha Stewart. “But then I had this moment where I remember thinking, I’m good at this; why am I not pursuing it?” Both of her parents were avid cooks, and Powers and her five siblings grew up helping out in the kitchen. Even in grade school, she worked alongside her mother, Patty, who ran a local catering business. By the time she was a teenager, Powers was spending summers working as a private chef 108 Lonny december 2010 Danelian was given this drawing of Napoleon by an art-school classmate. “Everything about it is awesome,” says Powers. 2010 december Lonny 109