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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.

• 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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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!!

Reply February 27, 2007 at 9:53 am

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 :)

Reply February 27, 2007 at 10:01 am

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!

Reply February 27, 2007 at 10:30 am


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.)

Reply February 27, 2007 at 10:38 am

Shelli Sommariva SAYS:

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

Reply February 27, 2007 at 11:04 am

Emily Wignall SAYS:

Definitely F! Do you even have to have games?

Love the cups.

Reply February 27, 2007 at 11:05 am

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.

Reply February 27, 2007 at 11:17 am


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

Reply February 27, 2007 at 11:19 am

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.

Reply February 27, 2007 at 11:23 am

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)
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!

Reply February 27, 2007 at 11:26 am

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.

Reply February 27, 2007 at 11:44 am

Miss Beaux SAYS:

D, definitely.

Reply February 27, 2007 at 12:41 pm

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. :)

Reply February 27, 2007 at 1:12 pm

Laura SAYS:

F and G.

What a gorgeous set!

Reply February 27, 2007 at 1:27 pm

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