12 Oct

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

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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Laura S SAYS:

I just bought a neat book last weekend. “Nesting. It’s a chick thing” It has lots of really neat tips

I would love this book! I am not sure what happened…but even since I was married in August, I have had nesting fever! :-)

Reply October 13, 2009 at 1:28 pm

Jessenia SAYS:

OMG, Thanks for posting this giveaway!!!!!!

I read all the comments and my wish list for books just went thru the roof!!!!! (Not a good thing for my husband though) :o)

My number one source for party planning has to be HWTM blog. No doubt about it… I love it and I am a faithful follower… However, the book I can recommend is Extreme Entertaining Made Simple by Eduardo Xol, it has great tips.

Reply October 13, 2009 at 1:36 pm

Anisa SAYS:

InStyle parties is my go-to!

Reply October 13, 2009 at 1:54 pm

Amanda SAYS:

Hello Cupcake. Cute cupcakes for about any occasion.

Reply October 13, 2009 at 1:54 pm

Abbie SAYS:

I love the Hello, Cupcake cookbook and anything by Giada! What a fun giveaway!

Reply October 13, 2009 at 2:16 pm

Betsy @ Belly Feathers SAYS:

I love The Art and Craft of Entertaining by Kimberly Kennedy. More details…

Reply October 13, 2009 at 2:28 pm

Kathy I SAYS:

This book looks incredible! I would recommend Colin Cowie Weddings. I used it for my own wedding and have been a fan ever since- and even though its been a few years, his ideas are timeless. Another good one is Instyle Parties. They cover every kind of party in a perfectly simple and modern way!

Reply October 13, 2009 at 2:39 pm

Thuraya SAYS:

I am constantly collecting books on entertaining, but my #1 go-to book is Instyle Parties. It’s full of tips, recipes, great photographs, basic party structures, ideas on themes and how to make those themes special with unique details. It even has week/day/and hour schedules to follow so that when you’re party date arrives, you can enjoy it free of stress. I love just flipping through it for inspiration. My copies actually falling to pieces because I’ve flipped through it so much! It;s a must-have if you enjoy hosting parties!!

Reply October 13, 2009 at 3:06 pm

Allison112 SAYS:

I absolutely swoon for Real Simple magazines. The ideas cover everything from prepping, celebrating and cleaning up, as well as appreciating the sentiment of get-togethers.

Reply October 13, 2009 at 3:08 pm

Andrea SAYS:

I love this one! At Home Entertaining: The Art of Hosting a Party With Style and Panache — so good! a good standard!

Reply October 13, 2009 at 3:47 pm

Hamari SAYS:

I love Not on Love Alone: A Cookbook: A Year of Delicious Dinners and More for Newlyweds by Jessie Carry Saunders. It is so witty and the recipes are great!

Reply October 13, 2009 at 4:10 pm

Nicole SAYS:

The Illustrated Kitchen Bible by Brigitte Hafner and Victoria Blashford is a must-have. Any recipe you could ever want is in there, each with a picture of how it’s supposed to look. They are all dived up by starters, main, desserts, etc. and even further divided as meat-free, ready in…, for a crowd, and other categories. It even includes a ton of tips on prep work.

Reply October 13, 2009 at 4:13 pm

Mirielle SAYS:

Martha Stewarts Encyclopedia of Crafts :)

Reply October 13, 2009 at 5:21 pm

Nina SAYS:

I love Fete Accompli! by Shriftman & Harrison. It has great tips, recipes, sample parties they have thrown and excellent party sources. Great book from Party Planners to the stars.

Reply October 13, 2009 at 5:22 pm

Erica SAYS:

Entertaining Simple by Mathew Mead is simply amazing

Reply October 13, 2009 at 5:32 pm

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