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SURPRISE GIVEAWAY: Party Basics for New Nesters {author signed copies}

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Party Basics for New Nesters

Winner Update: This giveaway is now closed. Thanks so much for all the great recommendations! I’m going to compile a list for everyone from them soon!  And the 3 random winners of the drawing are… Commenters #94 – Grace, #15 – April, and #116 – Barb. Congrats, ladies! We’ll be contacting you via email to coordinate your prize =)


I’ve been on a bit of a party/entertaining book kick lately, and am already bracing for the exasperated looks I’m going to get when my husband sees the multiple Amazon shipments start rolling in later this week… =)

And for those of you that can feel me on this obsession, here’s a fun new giveaway just for you… we’ve got THREE author-signed copies of a truly fabulous entertaining book – the creative DIY read by Maria McBride called Party Basics for New Nestersup for grabs! Want one?

Party Basics for New Nesters

A few projects from this book are featured above; click here for even more info & images from an earlier post. And really, the projects in this book should appeal to anyone that loves to entertain at home, not necessarily just “new nesters”!

How to Enter:


• Post a comment here and mention a party or entertaining-related book that you especially love/would recommend to others. It can be about food, decorations, weddings, flowers, tablescapes, party favors… basically anything to do with entertaining. (And it’s fine if you want to recommend something that’s already been suggested… it will actually be interesting to see which books are the most popular!)

Giveaway ends Thursday, October 15 at midnight PST. Winners will be announced Friday. Thanks in advance for your recommendations – and 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.

245 responses to “SURPRISE GIVEAWAY: Party Basics for New Nesters {author signed copies}”

  1. Laura B says:

    I love The Last-Minute Party Girl by Erika Lenkert. A handfull of neat little ideas ranging from elegant to just hanging out with some girlfriends. :)

  2. Danielle says:

    I would recommend any of Martha Stewart’s magazines. They always have such fabulous pictures and ideas. They always get me in the mood to throw a fun party!

  3. Amy says:

    Love love Hello Cupcake…such fun ideas in there for all your cupcake needs. Whether hosting an event or holidays or birthdays. It’s fun, even my three year old loves looking a the book.

    Thanks for the give away. Crossing fingers!

  4. Elizabeth Tipton says:

    How exciting!

  5. Erin says:

    Whenever I need ideas, I turn to Martha… You can find inspiration for any type of party. And Hostess with the Mostess, of course. :-)

  6. Jessica says:

    Me, me, me! One of my favorite books for entertaining is called “Food for Friends” and we received it as a wedding gift from friends (believe it was purchased and Crate & Barrel). It has perfect menu suggestions, decor and table setting ideas too. Loveit!

  7. Danielle says:

    Gotta love the DIY Bride book! So many cute, easy and useful ideas for your wedding day!

  8. Virginia says:

    David Tutera’s “The Party Planner”

  9. Amanda says:

    Ooh, I have been meaning to get this book!

    I love the Real Simple Celebrations book a lot, I refer to it pretty regularly.

  10. Valerie Allen says:

    One of my favorite books to help throw parties is “Cupcakes from the Cake Mix Doctor.” There are such yummy recipes and cute decorating ideas in it, that I have come up with several party themes for my girls birthdays for the last couple of years.

  11. Heather says:

    Barefoot Contessa Parties always has great food options that are super easy and super yummy. Can’t have a great party without great food:)

  12. Brittany says:

    InStyle Parties–creative ideas that you can use as-is or tweak for your party or event. The pictures alone are inspiring!

  13. Jennifer says:

    I only have one entertaining book so far so I’d love to get my hands on this one it’s so cute! it’s Domestic Bliss by Rita Konig I got it as a housewarming present. We are having our first holiday parties and I’ve already started frantically thinking of what to do and timing..

  14. Bobbi says:

    I was at a Rachel Ray taping in April 2008 and that book was one of the giveaways to the audience. I gave it to my cousin and his new bride.

    So… a book I recommend for newlyweds? Definitely this one. I’ve got two weddings coming up… Maybe I’ll win and have another great wedding gift!

  15. april says:

    I don’t follow it down to every last detail, but I love using Preston Bailey’s books and InStyle Parties for inspiration

  16. Katie says:

    I like InStyle party book and the Cake Mix BIble. I’ve turned a basic mix into muffins, cookies, bars, and of course, cupcakes!

  17. Melanie Morales says:

    I subscribe to Real Simple magazine and I use a ton of ideas from there. I also have a book that I love called “Food That Says Welcome: Simple Recipes to Spark the Spirit of Hospitality” by Barbara Smith. Tammy Maltby has a new book just coming out called the Christmas Kitchen that I anticipate will also be full of great entertaining recipes and ideas for the Christmas season.

    I use this blog for a lot of the stuff I do as well – I love this!

  18. What a great giveaway!

    I always turn to the Barefoot Contessa party book :O) Love it!

  19. Danielle says:

    My all time favorite is InStyle Parties. I love the variety of occasions they have in there and time saving alternatives they give to their ideas.

  20. Deanna Katzung says:

    For planning a dinner party, I often turn to my “Effortless Elegance with Colin Cowie” and recently checked out David Tutera’s “Big Birthdays” which has some great decor ideas. And when the baby’s napping, I truly enjoy checking out your daily blog filled with modern & fun inspiration.

  21. Alysia says:

    I love Ina’s Back to Basics cookbook. She has great tips and tricks for the casual entertainer.

  22. Kirsten says:

    Ooooh I love, just recently engaged and looking for a house to buy. Then we will be broke and looking for ways to throw fantastic parties.

    I dont have a favorite book yet :( still learning.

  23. Jade says:

    I simply love Barefoot Contessa Parties , she always has the most delicious food recipes for entertaining! I’d recommend it to anyone who loves to cook and entertain!

  24. Jennifer Jenkins says:

    This is an older book, but I’ve never made one thing out of it that everyone didn’t love. It’s Emeril’s Potluck. I bought it on a whim and I love it. I’m from Louisiana and the jambalaya in this book is the best I’ve ever had!! Oh…and the bread pudding too!!

  25. LIndsey says:

    Cocktail Parties Straight Up by the Purcell Sisters is awesome. They are practical ad offer so many recipes, menus and theme ideas. The only thing I don’t like about it is there are no tablescapes or other photos.

  26. Joanna says:

    I totally love and would recogmend the Rachel Ray Magizine!
    I have loved having my subscription and have gotten so many great idea;s from there :)

  27. Ally says:

    Instyle parties is a great booK!

  28. Sarah Moske says:

    Real Simple and Martha Stewart Magazines are always a go to :)

  29. instyle parties is fantastic!! i always find myself using it.

  30. Heather says:

    I love Better Homes & Gardens magazines (or website) for entertaining ideas! They have cheap ideas, which gets an A+ in my book since I am broke haha! I also love ideas from Martha :-D

  31. erin g says:

    i love Barefoot Contessa Parties for her stylish, classy ideas.

  32. Michelle N says:

    I love the Real Simple magazines and Barefoot Contessa.

  33. MommaCari says:

    I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE ‘Southern Weddings’ by Tara Guerard….amazing decor ideas for any kind of party.

  34. Vera Devera says:

    I recommend Tyler Florence’s Dinner at My Place and Martha Stewart’s Good Things for Easy Entertaining.

  35. I adore the Southern Living Christmas books! And, I’ve enjoyed reading the ideas you share — we utilized the butterfly shower decorations for an event and received many wonderful complements!

  36. Melanie Kahl says:

    For simple and lovely food – Real Simple Food by Alice Waters. Otherwise, I echo the cries of Ina Garten and Martha Stewart!

  37. Joy says:

    I like them all! But Martha is my go to girl until I met THWTM!

  38. Katy says:

    I don’t have a book for entertaining, but I always refer to Martha Stewart for inspiration, recipes and how-to’s on how to make a party fantastic.

  39. Natalie says:

    Love David Tutera’s Party Planner!!!

  40. Susan says:

    I enjoy the Gooseberry Patch recipe book. Has good recipes that are down to earth and helpful pics on how it “should look”!