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Hostess with the Mostess: Surprise Giveaways!Hostess with the Mostess: Surprise Giveaways!Give your java a playful boost with this oh-so-modern espresso set from French Bull! Comes with 4 vibrantly-colored cups and saucers in 4 different designs. Simply answer the question below for your chance to win! (giveaway ends midnight EST on Wednesday, Feb 28th)

What are the biggest frustrations you’ve run into when planning a baby shower, bridal shower, or holiday party? Please pick one or more from below… You can simply answer “A, B, C,” etc – or feel free to write your own or elaborate if you’ve really got something to vent about!

I get frustrated with:
A. Finding/thinking of interesting themes. I’m tired of the typical wedding bells and pastel baby rattles, etc…
B. Finding cool themed partyware (i.e. paper plates, napkins, etc) that I really love
C. Figuring out what to do for the party favors
D. Trying to find party decorations that aren’t super cheezy
E. Spending WAY too much time planning & prepping for the party
F. Figuring out what to do for games or activities
G. Wasting time looking for ideas on the internet and not being able to find what I’m looking for.

Remember!
• You have until Midnight (EST) Wednesday, February 28th to enter.
• Anonymous comments cannot be counted – please use either your blogger account login, website URL, or first name and last name initial with your comment so we can identify you if you win. Thanks!

P.S. Nicole Davis – where are you?! Please email me with your address by midnight tonight (tues, Feb 27th) so I don’t have to give your Darlybird giveaway winnings away to someone else!

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POSTED BY:jenn s.JENNIFER SBRANTI is the Founder and Creative Director of Hostess with the Mostess®, a hip and modern party planning resource.

62 responses to “SURPRISE GIVEAWAY: French Bull Espresso Set”

  1. jilly says:

    I am going to go with D. but I am also going to add one of my own. Rude people who do not RSVP properly. If one takes the time to send out custom invitations to a soiree, shower or dinner party, then the guests should respond properly and in a time appropriate manner so that the hostess can plan properly!

  2. Tracey says:

    Definitely E. I completely agree with Jilly, guest’s not RSVPing is frustrating & becoming way to common!

  3. Michele says:

    Figuring out what to do for games or activities is ALWAYS a nightmare for me… I despise the typical games at every bridal shower, yet can not think of something creative/new/fun either! Argh!

  4. Sean says:

    I’m going to have to agree that E is the hardest for me to deal with.

  5. sarah cool says:

    I am choosing D.

    I have a hard time finding affordable decorations that aren’t ugly! Many times I resort to making them myself and that takes a ton of time, and usually more money.

    I LOVE the boutique-y style of invites and decorations, but a lot of it isn’t feasible for a 20-something’s budget.

  6. Natalie says:

    F……and I love, love, love, those espresso cups!!

  7. wen says:

    I think that F is my hardest partin plannig a baby shower especially.

  8. Jenmomof4 says:

    I think it is always tricky trying to find the perfect party favor. I have 4 children and we have lots of parties to plan for during the year. I just posted about what I have done in the past for the party favors and such on my blog. I am always on the lookout for cute favors.

  9. Erica says:

    F. Figuring out games and activities. I hate the cheesy ones that are often used. Plus, I try to only think of one or two; you want your guests to be able to chat and mingle and not have to play organized games the whole night.

  10. Sarah says:

    I’m going with a… Big Fat F!

    I absolutely loathe those typical party games, like wrapping the bride in toilet paper or playing the baby poop diaper game. But loads of people are so traditional, especially when it comes to grandmothers and other older folks. It’s difficult to find a balance of something more hip and something traditional, so you won’t lose your audience.

  11. Rachel says:

    I have to say G. It is so hard to find exactly what I want online. I end up searching through tons of sites that have nothing I like and then having to piece everything (games, servingware, favors) from a billion different places.

    And what do I google “hip baby shower”? “hipster wedding party” so I don’t get 89,000 Disney responses or or over the top cutesy fluff? What’s a stylish, modern girl to do?

  12. Pure Joy says:

    Definitly E. When I’m excited about a party I tend to focus most of my attention on planning it!

  13. liz says:

    I definitely pick C, spending all that time (and MONEY!!!) on favors that no one really wants to receive, but if we didn’t have them, people would totally complain!!!

  14. Cathy S. says:

    I was going to say D, but of course there are those times when you want cheesy decorations. Otherwise it would be F, as so many party games are awful. I cringe sometimes. Then I guess they go with the cheesy decorations, though.

  15. Katie says:

    H. Trying to maintain the ruse of secrecy. Does anyone EVER manage to pull off a real surprise?

  16. patty opitz says:

    all of the above minus E— i dont think there is such as thing as over-preparing– the more the merrier the party!!

  17. Jane says:

    I vote for R – as in in RSVP ! Or the lack thereof, like Jilly and Tracey alluded to earlier. Don’t people realize that head counts are important when you’re trying to order food, drinks, etc.? The other aspects of party planning can be fun and creative. Worrying about budgets is not :)

  18. spyderette says:

    D and C and also finding affordable items for decorations and favors! it shouldn’t have to cost a fortune to throw a shower. and i have to admit the RSVP thing really gets to me…i’m trying to get a count so i can FEED you people! cooperate!

  19. May says:

    My Answer:
    C, D and F.
    Mostly F since I find most games and activities are very old fashioned and not that much fun for professionals. (the majority of my friends are professionals.)

  20. Shelli Sommariva says:

    A and G, I have a difficult time finding unique themes, and spend too much time looking for items online.

  21. Emily Wignall says:

    Definitely F! Do you even have to have games?

    Love the cups.

  22. lil71 says:

    Definately G. When I am hosting a party I’m always trying to look for fresh ideas and I end up surfing the net for hours which usually results in finding the same-old ideas.

  23. CM says:

    I definitely have a hard time with g-looking for ideas and not finding anything worthwhile.

  24. susie bauer says:

    from the list i would say F….but for me the hardest part is that baby showers are usually “co-hosted” by several people. It is very difficlut to try to plan shop, prep, etc for a party with so many people involved.

  25. Emily says:

    Several things:
    1 – trying to get people to RSVP
    2 – Getting people to help me prepare for the party (especially as I live with roommates, who seem to think it’s my job to clean the day of in addition to preparing all the food & drinks etc)
    3 – BUDGET
    4 – a little of G – trying to find the perfect combination of things. But i haven’t done a wedding or baby shower so this is based on other parties.

    i love those cups!

  26. Jessica says:

    Mine would be a little bit of everything, with the RSVP problem thrown in. I love planning parties, but it can be difficult to pull off a creatively themed party without going overboard, or spending a fortune. That’s why this blog rocks! Great ideas at my fingertips.

  27. Miss Beaux says:

    D, definitely.

  28. Aimee A says:

    My biggest problem is E, with G running a close second.

    I am already(in February!) starting to scour the internet for some very specific items that I want for my Christmas/Holiday party & gifts. See, exactly. 11 months early. I just can’t help it though, I love LOVE LOVE planning parties!

    And I am SO glad I found your blog; it definitely has saved me some time and hassle. :)

  29. Laura says:

    F and G.

    What a gorgeous set!

  30. Kristie S. says:

    F: All the games are so over done and cheezy!

  31. mama k says:

    I get frustrated with:
    1. RSVPs! I’m beginning to think etiquette is dead.
    2. Dealing with catty mom’s, mom-in-laws, bridesmaids, etc. Why, oh why do woment get so crazy when it comes to showers?
    3. Fighting with my @#$%! printer to make my own invitations.
    4.Finding a location to accomdiate a large number of guests that won’t break the bank. The last shower I threw there were over 100 guests on the list! Thankfully only about 50 acutally came.

    and I’ll agree with your
    F. Figuring out what to do for games or activities
    They are usually way tacky (like guess the melted candy bar in the diaper) or no one participates (like baby picture match up)

    All that being said, I actually love to plan showers. Picking themes and favors are my favorite part.

  32. Brooke says:

    Both A & G. I get stuck right at the beginning stages of planning.

  33. Kristen says:

    Definitely E. I spend so much time planning!! I think for my sister’s bridal shower I spent the whole time she was engaged planning the shower, hahaha. Can we say OCD?!

  34. Kristin L. says:

    I would have to say that D and G are my biggest frustrations. Why am I bombarded with classic pooh, disney and precious moments EVERY TIME I look for something for a baby shower?!? Blah!

  35. Eliza says:

    for me it’s E and G.
    i’d say F b/c shower games are all generally atrocious but i’m of the opinion that if you hate shower games you just shouldn’t have them.
    why make yourself and all your guests miserable?
    and i’d add:
    *keeping from breaking the bank
    *coming up with good locations – i live in nyc – most people’s apts are just too damn small for parties

  36. miss j says:

    both ‘a’ and ‘c’. i’m tired of candy buffets and every other thing you see on the knot. also party favors stump me…you never know what someone will use or throw away.

  37. Elise says:

    A, F, and G plus the lack of people RSVP-ing (is that a word?).

    I always want to be original but it is so hard to find something that everyone will love and enjoy.

  38. lharwin says:

    Finding party favors, decorations, etc. that are both cute AND budget-friendly!

  39. mperez says:

    i would have to say A. Would love to find some cool, modern new themes… I have to plan my sister’s baby shower in June.