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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amanda b. young SAYS:

So, it’s not a book… and I think someone may have already said it… but I’m pretty obsessed with the Real Simple magazines. Page after glossy page they have not only tips for your home and your life… but also for throwing a pretty sweet party.

Nothing compares to the gorgeous party inspiration on HWTM though.

Reply October 12, 2009 at 4:41 pm

Megan SAYS:

It is not a book…but I enjoy Martha Stewart’s magazines for seasonal inspiration.

Reply October 12, 2009 at 4:41 pm

Tegan and Tage SAYS:

The only one I can think of that I really like is one called “Food for Friends” and it has adorable gift ideas for hostess gifts and creative ways to package them.

Thank you for the giveaway! (Obviously I need to expand my entertaining-book horizons. :)

Reply October 12, 2009 at 4:42 pm


I love anything by Sandra Lee Semi- Homemade, books and magazines. She has great (budget friendly) recipes and inspirational table settings for any party. She is my go-to girl whenever I am looking to throw a party or themed event!

Reply October 12, 2009 at 4:42 pm

April T. SAYS:

My favorite entertaining resource are the Martha Stewart mags, weddings and living. Besides those I also love the Williams Sonoma Outdoor Entertaining book, and pretty much any other Williams Sonoma entertaining or cookbook.

Reply October 12, 2009 at 4:44 pm

Nali P. SAYS:

Love Hello, Cupcake. It has the best recipes.

Great giveaway!

Reply October 12, 2009 at 4:54 pm

Stacey SAYS:

The only party I actually own is “The Millennium Party Book” which has lots of ideas for party themes… most are not new years parties btw. I’ve had it a while and still turn to it when I need a fresh idea.

Reply October 12, 2009 at 4:57 pm

Malinda SAYS:

I LOVE Jo Gartin’s Weddings. To this day I still look at so many for her ideas for entertaining. The book was such a big help for my 2007 wedding in NYC. Its great for weddings and entertaining in general.

Reply October 12, 2009 at 4:58 pm

Julianne Hendrickson SAYS:

fun!! i love barefoot contessa :)

Reply October 12, 2009 at 5:03 pm

Lexi SAYS:

I love “The Little Black Apron” cookbook and entertaining guide for single gals! Great fun book with easy recipes and suggestions!

Reply October 12, 2009 at 5:07 pm

Rebecca SAYS:

I also love Hello Cupcake…the recipes are pretty easy to follow, and any kids (or adults) you make them for LOVE them…another great book (well magazine really) that is a great source of inspiration is called Food and Drink and is a free magazine that the Liquor store in Ontario (Canada) gives out about 5 or 6 times a year – so if anyone’s ever in Ontario pick it up – it has GREAT recipes and table/place setting ideas!

Reply October 12, 2009 at 5:17 pm

Brittany SAYS:

Actually, I’ve had this book on my list for a long time. I would love to add it to my collection!

Reply October 12, 2009 at 5:19 pm

jae lindsay SAYS:

I’m just learning about all of this, I don’t have a favorite book yet, actually I don’t own any of these. Perhaps I will soon because I loved reading all the suggestions here.

Reply October 12, 2009 at 5:20 pm

Maureen SAYS:

Ina Garten Barefoot Contessa Entertaining book is my bible. It helps when there is family and close friends or more people at the gathering.

Reply October 12, 2009 at 5:24 pm

T. Oliver SAYS:

I enjoy InStyle parties over and over again due to the lively pictures and guide

Reply October 12, 2009 at 5:25 pm

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