14 Apr

SURPRISE GIVEAWAY: The Last-Minute Party Girl + $100 Gift Card

the last minute party girl I’m really excited to share a great book by cooking & entertaining guru Erika Lenkert as part of our giveaway today! It’s called The Last-Minute Party Girl and is a fun, ultra-hip, how-to read that’s full of fabulous advice, witty anecdotes, and tons of great recipes. Here are just a couple of the of many rave reviews for The Last-Minute Party Girl :

"The Last-Minute Party Girl puts the FUN back into FUNctions. It’s a lively resource for those who like to entertain with style, but don’t have the time (not to mention the pocketbook) to turn a simple soiree into their raison d’etre for a month."
– Glynis Costin , Party Girl, Mother of Two, and West Coast Bureau Chief, In Style Magazine

"Erika Lenkert’s recipes for tossing fabulous parties are equal parts sexy, sweet, spicy, and sassy. With hilarious stories and an insider’s approach, The Last-Minute Party Girl is the ultimate handbook for hosting the perfect party."
– Peter Davis , Editor at Large, Paper Magazine


The book’s 10 chapters include things like Party Girl Etiquette, Vibe by Design (setting the scene), Painless Party Planning, A-List Appetizers, and The Party-Girl Pantry (survival supplies & shortcuts that will keep you stocked & prepared for even unexpected gatherings).

And speaking of supplies , you’re going to need something to help you stock up on some party girl must-haves of your own… so how does a $100 gift card to cb2 or Crate&Barrel sound?!



FIRST PRIZE : Author-signed copy of The Last Minute Party Girl + a $100 gift card to your choice of cb2 or Crate&Barrel

SECOND PRIZE : Author-signed copies of The Last Minute Party Girl for 4 more lucky readers

crate and barrel

Post a comment here. Tell us what you’d spend your winnings on, share your own favorite party advice, or just say anything!
Enter by Thursday, April 17th at midnight PST. Be sure to login or include your email address (won’t be published) so that we can contact you if you win. Good luck!

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Susan SAYS:

Sounds like such a great book! I’d love to win a copy!

April 14, 2008 at 7:04 am


I love throwing parties – a friend and I just threw a wonderful baby shower for one of our neighbors, I used several ideas I picked up on this site! 2007 was a really rough year for me and so far 2008 has been a great year for new beginnings, one of the things I look forward to the most is the first dinner party at my next new place. Hopefully soon.

April 14, 2008 at 7:05 am

Kelly R. SAYS:

Yes, Please!! Love the sound of “the party girl pantry” chapter. As I’m newly married and just starting to get into the world of entertaining, that’s definitely something I could stand to learn more about!

April 14, 2008 at 7:05 am

rita t. SAYS:

ooh! I would definitely be taking my winnings to Crate & Barrel! Great giveaway!!

April 14, 2008 at 7:07 am

Tiffany SAYS:

This really sounds like a great book! And i love both of those stores – choosing one would be a tough decision!

April 14, 2008 at 7:08 am

Kate SAYS:

ooo! I love cb2, I would definitely spend my winnings on some new summer entertaining drinkware and acessories!

April 14, 2008 at 7:12 am

Anonymous SAYS:

I would love to win this… I would probably spend the $$ on some new seasonal items to jazz things up- napkin rings, tablecloth, platter, etc.

April 14, 2008 at 7:19 am

kira SAYS:

Fabulous! I would love to get some new outdoor entertaining goodies for summer!

April 14, 2008 at 7:20 am

Heather SAYS:

The Last-Minute Party Girl sounds like it could give me the inspiration to inject spontaneity into my over-scheduled life! My boyfriend and I have been fantasizing about getting some decent barware from cb2. I would absolutely love to win.

April 14, 2008 at 7:21 am

Valerie SAYS:

I would love to win!

April 14, 2008 at 7:23 am

Nicole SAYS:

I will soon be moving into my own place and I can’t wait to start entertaining. My winnings would most likely be spent on some great cocktail glasses. Nothing like a pretty glass to drink out of!

April 14, 2008 at 7:23 am

Joseph SAYS:

I’d spend my winnings on a Mother’s Day party.

April 14, 2008 at 7:24 am


My party advice to have everything prep in advance – make things you can made a few days ahead of time and freeze before your party – less stress and less mess on your actual party day.

April 14, 2008 at 7:27 am


That book looks so cute!

April 14, 2008 at 7:28 am

Brittany SAYS:

What a great giveaway. My law school graduation is quickly approaching; this book and the gift certificate would be so helpful in planning an appropriate celebration!

April 14, 2008 at 7:28 am

Patty SAYS:

I love CB2, thanks for the opportunity to win.

April 14, 2008 at 7:30 am

Angie SAYS:

Fun stuff! I would buy some new bedding for my drab (and sad) bed!!

April 14, 2008 at 7:30 am

Kristie Burke SAYS:

party! party! party! party! party! YAY! party! party! party!

April 14, 2008 at 7:31 am

andrea SAYS:

Summer is my favorite time of year for evening parties. We always re-use our white christmas lights at this time and the back yard looks so pretty!!

April 14, 2008 at 7:31 am

lauren SAYS:

Oh dear, I LOVE cb2! Although I’d probably end up spending my winnings on my best friend who just moved into a new house. Or maybe on stuff for me to throw her a party :)

April 14, 2008 at 7:32 am
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