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

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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

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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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42 responses to “Summer Entertaining Contest: 5 Finalists {Voting Begins on Facebook!}”

  1. bonnie says:

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

  2. Valerie says:

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

  3. 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!

  4. Angelena Pointer says:

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

  5. Alex says:

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

  6. Jackie says:

    The Nautical Baby Shower is adorable!

  7. Jodi says:

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

  8. Marchezt says:

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

  9. Brandy K says:

    The Circus party was amazing!

  10. Amy says:

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

  11. Jackie says:

    #5 HAS MY VOTE!

  12. 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!!!

  13. Mandy Bradshaw says:

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

  14. 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!

  15. Stacey Stout says:

    Circus and Fourth of JUly…are my vote!

  16. Heather says:

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

  17. nicole says:

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

  18. That nautical party is awesome. Love the boats.

  19. Corilynn says:

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

  20. Erika says:

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

  21. Down Pillow says:

    Some really great-looking events – love the 16th birthday party :)

  22. sevencupcakes says:

    I of COURSE LOVE LOVE LOVE the Nautical Theme not only because it is absolutely precious but I made the CUPCAKE TOPPERS & BANNER!


  23. Jessica Bishop says:

    I love them all but I have to go with the circus theme. I just love it!

  24. Circus/Carnival is the Mostess! My vote goes there.

  25. sarah Welsh says:

    Definately the circus party…..My kids saw it and wants me to “try” to do it for their birthday!
    Every single detail was accounted for!

  26. Michelle T says:

    I have a thing for carnival parties :) I vote for number one.

  27. Kimber Hagans says:

    All of the entries were just gorgeous, over the top creative, and just beautiful! Also very inspiring~~makes me want to host a party real soon! Thanks for sharing!

  28. The cup cake toppers sold me! baby shower is the best.

  29. julia says:

    all of the parties were amazing but i would have to vote for number 1

  30. CIRCUS CIRCUS CIRCUS! Outshines the others with the little touches by far!

  31. katherine feltner says:

    i like the nautical themed baby shower. The banner that says welcome little sailor is amazing!

  32. Darlene says:

    I love the details on the 16th birthday party bash! I especially love the pink cream oreos!

  33. Daniela Pizarro says:

    Nº5…the best!!!

  34. Lisa says:

    Team Purple! ;)

  35. Rochelle says:

    #1 Circus/Carnival. You can do so much with that theme! Especially in the summer and have circus themed activities in your backyard!

  36. Jessica says:

    I vote for #5! I love the pink and green!!!

  37. Maureen says:

    The 4th of July party is awsome! Where did they find the retro Cracker Jack?? I just did a similar carnival party for my son. Similar ideas

  38. ashley says:

    my vote is for the circus party.

  39. Kellie Shotwell says:

    Circus Party rocks! You have my vote!

  40. maria says:

    i love them all good party good concept.


  41. Anna says:

    They are all fabulous but my favourite is number 5. Anna

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