14 Aug

Summer Entertaining Contest: 5 Finalists {Voting Begins on Facebook!}

summer entertaining contest finalists

First of all… WOW! We had some truly amazing entries in the Facebook Summer Entertaining Contest… and WAY more than 5 stand-out parties, so let me tell you this was seriously a hard one to narrow down to just 5 finalists. We had several different people help with the process of narrowing it down though, and the top 5 picks of each person were often very different – so the finalists you see here are the parties that had the most overlap amongst everyone’s lists.

These 5 parties are an eclectic mix – from birthday parties to baby showers to 4th of July… but all of them show great creativity, originality, relevance to summer, & good old fashioned effort! Here they are, in random order:


FINALIST #1: Circus/Carnival Birthday Party
by Kara Wilford Allen

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FINALIST #2: 4th of July Party
by Marcie Gastelum

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FINALIST #3: Nautical Themed Baby Shower
by Kalea Linn Harrison

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FINALIST #4: Purple Paradise 21st Birthday
by Colleen Kearns Sabo

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FINALIST #5: 16th Birthday
by Heather Williamson

summer entertaining contest finalists


We’ve compiled these 5 parties into a new album on Facebook to make voting easier. All you have to do to vote is comment on any ONE picture from your favorite party in the party finalists album. Give the hostess props, mention your favorite element, or simply say “vote!”.  The party with the most comments AND one randomly selected voter will both WIN home spa sets worth over $300. Voting ends Thursday, August 20th. Thanks so much for participating!

Note: Because this was our first contest was created specifically for our HWTM Facebook community, you will need to have a Facebook account in order to vote. If you don’t have an account but would still like to give props to one of the hostesses or pick your favorite finalist – please do so by posting a comment here. Thank you! =)

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bonnie SAYS:

All parties are great!! – but the Circus Party has my vote! – Every single detail was thought of – great, great event!!

August 14, 2009 at 5:05 pm

Valerie SAYS:

Hi…gosh, these are ALL fab..if I had to pick one, it would be the CIRCUS theme! Thanks for asking us!

August 14, 2009 at 6:50 pm

Veronica SAYS:

Wow! Thank you for sharing suuch GREAT IDEAS! I must say, I LOVE the 4th of July Party. All the detail they put into it…very well done! Number 2 has MY VOTE!

August 14, 2009 at 8:39 pm

Angelena Pointer SAYS:

I really love #1 so many great ideas Thank You !

August 14, 2009 at 11:18 pm

Alex SAYS:

I love them all, but the nautical theme is the most creative. It gets my vote!

August 15, 2009 at 12:26 am

Jackie SAYS:

The Nautical Baby Shower is adorable!

August 15, 2009 at 12:52 am

Jodi SAYS:

My vote is for Nautical Baby Shower!! But I loved them all!!!

August 15, 2009 at 5:46 am

Marchezt SAYS:

My vote is the Circus Theme (# 1) It looked like so much fun!

August 15, 2009 at 7:09 am

Brandy K SAYS:

The Circus party was amazing!

August 15, 2009 at 7:33 am


I love the circus party! I am saving these ideas for next summer.

August 15, 2009 at 9:07 am

Jackie SAYS:


August 15, 2009 at 12:39 pm

Jessica SAYS:

I love both the 4th of July party & the Carnival/Circus Birthday but my final vote has to go for the Carnival/Circus Birthday~ what fun!!!

August 15, 2009 at 1:31 pm

Mandy Bradshaw SAYS:

I vote for Kara’s circus theme party, she is amazing!

August 15, 2009 at 2:24 pm

Matt SAYS:

The circus party clearly had the biggest budget. But judging by simple creativity, I think the Nautical Baby Shower should win. It gets my vote!

August 15, 2009 at 4:01 pm

Stacey Stout SAYS:

Circus and Fourth of JUly…are my vote!

August 15, 2009 at 6:30 pm

Heather SAYS:

I vote for the Nautical themed baby shower. Love it! Wish I had done that for my son. : )

August 15, 2009 at 8:32 pm

nicole SAYS:

my vote will go for number 4. it’s just amazing…
actually everything u guys do are really cool.. good job!!

August 15, 2009 at 10:38 pm

wedding chair covers SAYS:

That nautical party is awesome. Love the boats.

August 16, 2009 at 10:25 am

Corilynn SAYS:

I love the circus theme! Looks like soooo much fun!!!!

August 16, 2009 at 10:30 am

Erika SAYS:

The Nautical Baby Shower was the most creative for the budget. I loved the whole theme.

August 16, 2009 at 2:51 pm
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