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“Inspire Me” Holiday Entertaining Contest Finalists – VOTE for Your Favorite!

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First things first – I’d like to sincerely thank every single person that entered the Inspire Me! Holiday Entertaining Contest or passed the word on to friends and family – your efforts are truly appreciated!

Narrowing the entries down proved to be extremely difficult, so thank goodness for the talented & creative minds that graciously signed on to help with the process: Robyn Bomar from Mix Mingle Glow, Amy Belle Isle from Stem Parties, and Jen Berson from Jeneration PR. The 10 finalists are based on which entries had the most overlap from amongst the judges – but I’ll also be featuring the individual lists soon so that you can see who everyone picked…as there was definitely a great mix in the overall group!

For now, though – let’s focus on just the TOP 10 FINALISTS, which are listed below in no particular order.You can vote for YOUR favorites at the bottom of this post! (More details on the entries be found over in the flickr gallery


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Girls Night Cocoa Party
Submitted by: TDL (Rexburg, ID)
Judges’ comments included: “Really cute party and wonderful DIY invitation. Looks like a fun party!” / “Love the or concept, details, invitations, adorable chocolate dipped marshmallows, and favors.”


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Retro Christmas Favor / Place Card
Submitted by: Erin Godbey (Greenville, SC)
Judges’ comments included: “I just adore these place card favors. I love that they are so unique and go so perfectly with the retro feel of the entire table. Very well done!” / “love this idea!”


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Whimsical Christmas Party
by: Kendall Shiffler (Dallas, TX)
Judges’ comments included: “cute & colorful” / “creative & affordable” / “true HWTM vibe” / “I’d love to sit at this table – looks like a fun party! ”


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Swanky Snowflake Soiree
Submitted by: Celeste B. (Portland, OR)
Judges’ comments included: “Love this party b/c it’s simple and elegant.” / “Amazingly simple idea to use scrapbook stickers for glass “identifiers”!  Why didn’t I think of that??”


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“Time to Party” New Year’s Eve Bash
Submitted by: Tammy Mitchell (Southern California)
Judges’ comments included: “…the clock invitation is just a fantastic idea!” / “makes a fabulous statement” / “bold and elegant – just like New Year’s Eve should be!”


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“Joy” Digital Inspiration Board
Submitted by: gardenpartynyc (New York, NY)
Judges’ comments included: “festive and fun with a great use of color” / “I feel happy just looking at this – it makes me want to bring the concept to life!” / and “love all the reindeer elements – especially those adorable cookies!”


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Modern Chanukah Tablescape
Submitted by: Laura Gross (Milwaukee, WI)
Judges’ comments included: “…I think her novel version of a menorah is not only beautiful and sleek, but just all around fabulous and so creative!” / “a wonderfully modern take on a Chanukah table”


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Naughty or Nice Holiday Party
Submitted by: Chris Nease (Raleigh, NC)
Judges’ comments included:
“…clever theme for a Holiday party. Love the idea of keeping everything from food & drinks to decor in two distinct categories.” / “Witty and so much fun, with impressive attention to detail”


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Festive Red Cocktail Party
Submitted by: head of the table (St. Louis, MO)
Judges’ comments included: “I LOVE this party.” / “Great DIY treat favors!” / “The white feathers and metallic ornaments give this party a fun, swanky vibe…like being at a cool bar, only without the $15 martinis.”


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Gingerbread House Decorating Party
Submitted by: moggiegreen
Judges’ comments included: “Creative place settings!” / “LOVE the set up for each guest (prefilled pastry bag, cookie cutter place cards, individual pieces for different types of houses(!), and cake board ‘plates’.”/ “The cookie cutter place cards are genius!”


And now… it’s up to YOU to decide which entries will win the 3 Inspire Me! Contest Prizes – generously sponsored by VIVA® Diva Café and worth over $2500 total! You can select up to 3 favorites below.

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Post a comment here telling us which entries are your favorite (you can mention up to 3).
Please use or include the corresponding letter to the left of the entry titles below.

A. Girls’ Night Cocoa Party
B. Retro Christmas Favor / Place Card
C. Whimsical Christmas Party
D. Swanky Snowflake Soiree
E. Time To Party New Year’s Eve Bash
F. “Joy” Inspiration Board
G. Modern Chanukah Tablescape
H. Naughty or Nice Cocktail Party
I. Festive Red Cocktail Party
J. Gingerbread House Decorating Party

Voting closes Friday, December 19th at 11:59pm PST. Winners will be announced Monday, December 23rd. Thanks so much for participating!

UPDATE: 12/20:
Contest voting is now closed. You can still leave comments on the finalists here, but votes cast later than midnight December 19th won’t be included in the final tally. Check back Monday for the winners!

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961 responses to ““Inspire Me” Holiday Entertaining Contest Finalists – VOTE for Your Favorite!”

  1. Martha says:

    I vote for B. Retro Christmas Favor / Place Card. So cute, and I wish I had seen it before having company over this week.

  2. Carrie says:

    Very hard to choose, but my favorite is D Swanky Snowflake Soiree!

  3. Bailey says:

    C is definitely the best

  4. Lib says:

    B. Retro Christmas Favor / Place Card is my fave!

  5. Blaine says:

    C! C! C! I am going to the Whimsical party…

  6. Jemma says:

    It is almost impossible for me to decide, I can not imagine what you all went through trying to narrow it down to 10.

    My vote is for D, Swanky Snowflake Party.

    This has been so inspiring!

  7. Casey says:

    here are my 3 favorites : B , D , J

  8. Loraleen says:

    Loved the Cocoa Party idea, I might do it with my girlfriends AFTER the holidays!!

  9. Jaime says:

    A, I, and J.

    Great ideas!! Very clever entries from everyone!

  10. Alysha says:

    B – Retro Christmas

  11. Dana says:

    They are all amazing!! But my vote is for Festive Red (I)…Not only is this party chic and creative, but it’s something that anyone can easily do at home and use for inspiration. Great job to all!

  12. Misty says:

    I vote for E & D!

  13. Josh Fink says:

    In all honesty, if I go to a Christmas party this year and there isn’t a Retro Christmas Favor, I will probably try to drink the pain away with more egg nog than is healthy, crash my car, get arrested and spend Christmas in the county prison.

    I love B.

  14. Sara C says:

    I love the Cocoa Party idea [A]! Beautifully done!

  15. JLA says:

    These are all all great! I particularly love A. the Cocoa Party and J. the Gingerbread house decorating party – both are really family friendly!

  16. Angela says:

    option c!

  17. Brenda says:

    Loved Whimsical Christmas – great for kids and adults! Too cute!

  18. Michelle says:

    I Love the girls night cocoa party!!!! The marshmallows are so cute and creative! A cute twist on an ice cream bar!

  19. Laura Gross says:

    Wow, what amazing entries! I’m so honored to have been chosen!

    I also will have to vote for myself, G. Modern Chanukah, but I am also LOVING -E. Time to Party so I’ll give my second vote to Tammy.

  20. Brian says:

    Gimme all the “C” I can get

  21. Joe Plumber says:

    I vote for C!! Sooo cute!!

  22. Lindsay says:

    Definitely B. Retro Christmas!!

  23. Carrie says:

    Whimsical Christmas Party!

  24. Holly says:

    I vote for A-Cocoa Party!

  25. Sharon says:

    My vote is definitely for I-festive red cocktail party, so fun and yet classy!!!

  26. Elizabeth says:

    My vote is definitely for Naughty or Nice Cocktail Party (H). The wall decal really is an extra detail that most folks wouldn’t think of doing!

  27. Tiffany says:

    I love, love, love, the “Time to Party, New Years Eve Bash”. It is so elegant!

  28. Heather C. says:

    Time to Party – E
    Cocoa Party – A
    Whimsical Christmas – C

  29. Brent says:

    The New Years Eve Time to Party get’s my vote!

  30. Helen says:

    I love a new year’s eve party and “Time to Party” is beautiful and festive!

  31. jenn says:

    “Time to Party, New Year’s Eve Bash”!!!!

  32. Deni says:

    “Time to Party’. I love New Year’s Eve and black and white is classic and timeless!

  33. Alison says:

    I love A, C, and H, but they are all great.

  34. Chels says:

    A, the cocoa party!!! Hands down!! It’s so thorough…invitation, table decor, background home decor, and the celebrating of the first, magical snow fall!! I love it all!

  35. Helen says:

    I vote for Time to Party!

  36. Brent says:

    I always love a New Year’s Eve party. I love Time to Party. Fun, fun, fun!

  37. JoAnn says:

    Time to Party! I love black and white.

  38. Rae says:

    I am so doing the Time to Party for New Years Eve! I love it!