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

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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

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

700 responses to “SURPRISE GIVEAWAY: The Last-Minute Party Girl + $100 Gift Card”

  1. Susan says:

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

  2. MB_in_DC says:

    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.

  3. 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!

  4. rita t. says:

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

  5. Tiffany says:

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

  6. Kate says:

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

  7. 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.

  8. kira says:

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

  9. 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.

  10. Valerie says:

    I would love to win!

  11. 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!

  12. Joseph says:

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

  13. SuzyQ says:

    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.

  14. j says:

    That book looks so cute!

  15. 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!

  16. Patty says:

    I love CB2, thanks for the opportunity to win.

  17. Angie says:

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

  18. Kristie Burke says:

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

  19. 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!!

  20. 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 :)

  21. Danai says:

    I would get myself a really nice collander. That probably sounds strange but I’ve wanted a larger one for a long time.

  22. Lisa says:

    Instead of wedding presents, my fiancee and I are asking our guests to make a donation to charities of their choice. Therefore, I would use the gift set to replenish and update our dishware/barware.

  23. Eileen says:

    exciting! I’ve been wanting to have a party in honor of spring finally arriving… the book and certificate would be very useful!

  24. Terri B says:

    Very nice giveaway… The book sounds great and who wouldn’t want to win a Crate and Barrel gift card. Thanks.

  25. Amy Drysdale says:

    I love hosting parties! I would buy some much needed seasonal goodies and some outdoor serving dishes.

  26. hoLLy says:

    wowsas-what an awesome giveaway! pick me simply because i love you:) hmmm….what would i spend the dough on-a good set of knives. my knives won’t cut crap. i have to basically saw fruits and vegetables for an hour before the cut through.

    party advice-don’t invite people you hate.

  27. Ricki says:

    I would definitly spend the gc on some barware.

  28. Allison says:

    Last-Minute Party Girl? That’s so me! I love throwing parties but somehow always skip the ‘planning’ part.

    I would loove a gift card to Crate & Barrel. I moved recently and every single wine glass broke in transit–so I could really use a set of their “Otis” glasses. I also love their Tripoli server–perfect for parties! There are so many fantastic things to choose from!

  29. jessica says:

    I could really use this book!

  30. Becky O. says:

    I want! I need!

  31. jbbryan says:

    I would spend $100 on linens and gadgets and (dish)wares- oh my!

  32. monica says:

    ohhh i would add some new dishware to my collection (basically i have all white pieces, but in different shapes, etc)

  33. Erin says:

    Well I was going to pick up a new tube pan so I could make a chocolate angel food cake. You could save me the trip though!

  34. Tracy says:

    Wow, looks like a great book packed with helpful hints. Can’t wait to see it in person!

  35. Becky says:

    Oh cool, definately a book to check out! Hope I get a chance to win it! I’d love to win these prizes because I will be graduating from college in about a month (!) and setting up my first apartment with a couple of friends. We love have a good time and any ideas of new ways to do that would be awesome…plus a gift cert to cb2 would be sooooo helpful in setting us up.

  36. Carol says:

    The Party Girl and Crate and Barrel, sounds like a prefect combo!

  37. Stephanie says:

    I want to be a party girl!

  38. Laura says:

    Fun giveaway! I’d take my gift certificate to Crate & Barrel and stock up on white wine glasses–they keep getting broken at my parties! I’d also buy cloth napkins because I’m trying to live greener…

  39. Aimee says:

    there are so many things I would spend the gift card on… but most likely I would put it towards new bedroom furniture.


  40. Erin says:

    I love parties and I love Crate and Barrel! I would probably buy more dishes. You can never have too many dishes.