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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. Marilyn Wons says:

    I would buy the Silva Sheet Set from Crate&Barrel if I won – thank you for the contest

  2. Crystal says:

    I’m so excited for spring and outdoor entertaining! We finally finished the patio this weekend so this would be great for our first BBQ this year!

  3. Miyon says:

    My fiance and I are in the process of trying to host an engagement party, and would be THRILLED to have this book. We’re on a tight budget and are constantly looking for affordable ways to make our party both festive and chic!

    We’re planning on having a couple of signature cocktails, so the CB2 barware would be perfecct for this!

  4. Angela Napolitano says:

    I would use the winnings on some great platters and crudite dishes from Crate & Barrell

  5. AB says:

    Having flowers and a great playlist are two tips that have helped me in the past. I’d love to use the Gift Card for some new vases (notice a theme?) and some fun seasonal items.

  6. Nikki says:

    What a great prize! I’m planning my biggest party yet…my wedding reception. This would definitely be put to good use if I won!

  7. Audra says:

    Party tip: make lots of finger foods to avoid the mess, and make them ahead of time. Lots of finger foods freeze well.

  8. megan says:

    Today is my Mom’s birthday! I would totally use this to extend my gift giving to her!

  9. I love fashionable domesticity! Pick me! I love Crate & Barrel!

  10. Erin S says:

    Oooo yes! I would love this.

  11. Patricia says:

    I love to shop at Crate & Barrel…it’s for me.

  12. Miranda says:

    I’m getting married next month and this book would be a perfect way to start off our entertaining as newlyweds in our new house!!! The gift card would definitely be used on the lumiere candlesticks (would look fabulous on our console table in the living room), the eyelet votive holders, alumininum coasters, and so much more!!!

  13. michael woods says:

    I could definitely use some decor for our living room with the Crate and Barrell card. Thanks

  14. Raquel Osorio says:

    What a great giveaway. I love to host parties.

  15. Jennifer says:

    I’d buy new baking tools that are nice and match–mixing bowls, measuring cups and spoons, etc. I love to bake for parties!

  16. Kateastrophe says:

    Um, I need so much stuff I can’t even begin to tell you what I would spend $100 on! I am crossing my fingers and hoping for a win!!

  17. ErinB says:

    This book looks fantastic, what a great secret weapon to have when throwing parties. I’d use the gift card to buy some fabulous party dishes and timeless accessories.

  18. jannypie says:

    You gals have the fiercest giveaways!

  19. breanna says:

    i found your website last week and i LOVE it!
    i’ve already started incorporating your cute stuff…in a wedding last saturday and a baby shower this weekend!! thanks! i would love to win your stash!

  20. Kim says:

    Just stumbled across this blog — such great, fun ideas! I’ll definitely be adding this one to my blogroll.

    Oh and if I won, I’d want to buy some fun barware for our next party!

  21. Dan Smith says:

    Sounds like a great book

  22. Diana H. says:

    Loving this! I want to win a copy!

  23. Audrey W says:

    I would love this! I am so very ready to do some summer-time entertaining and these would be so helpful!

  24. Susan Smith says:

    nice prize

  25. valerie mabrey says:

    I would throw a party for my friends

  26. Natalie says:

    I would love this!! I need serving dishes desperately. I love baking and having parties, but I always have to use my dinner plates as serving dishes — not cool!

  27. Jody Smith says:

    This sounds like a fun book. I love to give parties but always have to scale back because of budget. An extra $100 would be fun to use.

  28. Alexis says:

    I would love to spend that gc at Crate & barrel on some fun summer stuff!

  29. das8150xcash says:

    I will win this.

  30. Miranda Allen says:

    I would Love to read this book~

  31. Brandy K says:

    The book sounds awesome! And what a great gift card to go along!

  32. Barbara McCrea says:

    great site, thanks for the giveaway, count me in. I would take the crate and barrel gift certificate, I’ll just keep my fingers crossed

  33. Jacqueline says:

    Oooo, this is a great giveaway! I would love to use a gift card for some new glasses – mine keep breaking in the dishwasher. Grrr…

  34. Colleen Jensen says:

    I would use my gift card for glasswear and candles.

  35. Stephanie says:

    The books looks wonderful! And the C&B shopping spree would be perfect as I furnish my new home!

  36. Kimallsup says:

    I am the queen of last minute parties and would love to win.

  37. Amanda says:

    I would spend it on wall decorations for my apartment. The walls are bare :(

  38. Carol says:

    I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to win!

  39. Amanda says:

    Definitely a new blender to make some cocktails for summer, party trays for appetizers and funky napkins and place settings

  40. Amy B. says:

    The book sounds awesome! And I’d definately use the gift certificate for some really cool vases to put spring and summer flowers in! Thanks, great contest!