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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. Naomi says:

    We’re hosting a graduation party later this month, so I would be buying goodies for that!

  2. Hannah says:

    I would love to win the book! And as I’m getting my own apartment very soon, the Crate and Barrel giftcard would be very helpful (and tremendous fun!).

  3. Beth says:

    What a fun-sounding book! I used love hosting parties, but have recently become intimidated. Here’s the issue: my husband is a diplomat with the US State Department and we just moved to our first overseas post. Let me tell you, the State Dept. ladies are cocktail party veterans! Every time I start to plan something, I get freaked out that I don’t have the right glasses or china, etc and end up tossing the party plans out the window. Maybe I could find some inspiration (and determination?) in this book!

  4. Stephanie says:

    oooh…there are so many things I could buy with that gift certificate! I’m in decorating and housewares mode, so maybe I’d get a few useful things for the kitchen, and then some just plain old pretty things!
    count me in!

  5. Amanda says:

    Ooh! I love Crate and Barrel but we don’t have one around here, so everytime I go to New Orleans I spend atleast an hour just wandering around.

    If I was to win I’d buy some new funky dishes. I have a very nice set but it’s brown and boring and sometimes a girl just needs some fun plates.

  6. Sarah says:

    I’d love to buy some new dishes at Crate & Barrel!

  7. Patty H says:

    I would love to add this book to my party library! I like to give parties at my office and I am sure this will give me ideas. I love C & B especially the way they set their tables and I would spend the GC on getting items to set my table the same way!

  8. Melissa Neslen says:

    Looks like a great book!! Full of fun ideas! I la la la love Crate and Barrel!

  9. Carolyn says:

    Would love this especially to buy some goodies for my brother’s birthday or just give it to him to shop. ;-) Thanks. He does many cheese and wine parties besides baking for holidays. He is the Host with the Most!! lol I’d love to win the book.

  10. Kristi Stefanini says:

    The book sounds fantastic. I love crate and barrel. I am hoping that I get everything that I registered for, but if not this GC would be great to buy the rest.

  11. mindy m. says:

    Oh man, I could have totally used this for the shower I am hosting next weekend but….I am cohosting a girls reunion (we haven’t seen each other in about 5 years!) in june and this would totally help make this the best friends get together ever!! I could totally buy some fun serving dishes in rockin’ colors!!!! Hope I win!!!

  12. I could definately use this book in my business. We just threw a Stock the Bar Shower and it would have been very useful! Thanks for the awesome give away!

  13. Suhail says:

    Wow that is nice! I would love copy. I see on the cover that it promises to be both ‘fashionable’ and ‘fearless’, both very much top of my list when it comes to entertaining. However even more important is the ‘foolishly simple’ bit… Who doesn’t want to become a Entertaining Diva without breaking into a sweat… (^_^)

  14. joyce says:

    this giveaway sounds *perrrrrfect*! i love to entertain and i’m definitely a last-minute sorta gal ;) and who doesn’t love cb2/crate&barrel.

  15. Ellie says:

    Now that we have a new apartment it is much more conducive to hosting parties. I haven’t had a dinner party yet, but I’ve been thinking of throwing one in June.

  16. Janet says:

    As a party-thrower who’s always looking for chic/unique ideas (heck, I’m throwing a dessert party this weekend) I would love to own this book! If I got the gift certificate, I would run right away to the CB2 in Soho, NYC and get the modular rug tiles I’ve been meaning to get. Or I’d also replace some of my glassware at Crate and Barrel. Or use it for towards the Incognito Compact Office. So yes, I could use the certificate…

  17. Angie says:

    Oh – the book looks great and I would probably use the winnings to buy baking supplies – like a new cake tin!

  18. Nora says:

    I’d spend that gift certificate on a great blender, so I can make frozen margaritas this summer!

  19. Amanda_E says:

    I’d love this! I would use the gift card to get some last minute things for my wedding!