DeJuan Stroud: Designing Life's Celebrations
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07 April 2016
By Ronda Carman
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Former Wall Street broker DeJuan Stroud took a leaf of faith when he quit a career in finance to turn his hobby, passion and love of floral design into a business. Now he’s one of the most sought-after event planners in New York. His new book, Designing Life’s Celebrations, features more than a dozen parties, all brimming with his signature floral arrangements. 

From a Venetian-inspired birthday dinner to Christmas in the country, each event emphasizes the joy of celebrating life’s day-to-day occasions. “Each event have the following qualities in common: they are tasteful, elegant, and fun, which is exactly how we would describe DeJuan,” say Dorothea and Jon Bon Jovi in a foreword they wrote for the book.  From conquering flower "stem fear" to learning how to map a table, DeJuan demystifies the art of the tabletop, emphasizing above all his love of flowers, from the humble to the exotic.

For those in the Houston area, Mr. Stroud will be giving a talk and signing books April 13, 2016 at Back Row Home from 5:30 - 8:00pm (talk starts at 6pm).