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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. LisaT says:

    Years ago I picked up a book during a trip to Williamsburg VA that has proven itself helpful on many occasions, it was simply titled Entertaing in Williamsburg.

  2. dymphna says:

    i don’t have a book that I use, but lately i have been going to
    I hope this counts

  3. Aubrey says:

    I love “entertaining” from Williams-Sonoma. Lots of great food ideas and tablescapes!

  4. Jenn says:

    Hostess with the mostess is my first stop :o) I also rely on Martha Stewart, Colin Cowie, a book called Food for Friends….the list is endless. This book also looks fantastic!

  5. Teresa says:

    Love Hello Cupcake

  6. Tracy says:

    Last minute Party girl is good. (forgot Author’s name)

  7. Joanna says:

    “Hello Cupcake” has the cutest cup cake ideas for all occasions. I love it.

  8. Christy S says:

    I like InStyle Parties. But, I only have one entertaining book and would love to win this one.

  9. Angie says:

    Martha will, hands down, always be a place look to for inspiration! And blogs, including Hostess with the Mostess (of course!,) Amy Atlas, and Bakerella!

  10. mindy m. says:

    anything by good ol’ Martha Stewart, magazines included! I love flipping through her mags, so easy to buid a party/theme around her craftiness!

  11. Jen says:

    I love the In Style Parties book! I use it all the time for ideas.

  12. Anastasia S. says:

    One of my all-time favourites is Dorothy Draper’s ‘Entertaining Is Fun’ and I always look to Martha Stewart for creative ideas as well.

  13. thesmurfettechronicles says:

    for chic and modern….can’t go wrong with Instyle Parties….first book i checked out of the library once i got married and had to start entertaining…. :)

  14. Megan Simpson says:

    I love semi-homemade Sandra Lee. All her recipes are so simple and so delicious.

  15. Kristen Mantovani says:

    Fondue is the perfect party food – I recommend Fondue, by Lenny Rice.

  16. Becky says:

    the Southern Living entertaining books have great recipes and decorating ideas that I have used quite a bit!

  17. jill says:

    I get my inspiration from so many places, like Instyle Parties book, Martha Stewart & Rachel Ray. I also keep a binder full of pages torn out of random magazines that i come across – one of my favorites is the pottery barn catalog, so many cool/trendy color combinations and centerpiece ideas in there!

  18. Alexson says:

    A while back I picked up a tiny book called 500 Appetizers. I LOVE it. It’s basically fifty reciepes then they give you ten or so ways to change it up and make something completely different using the same technique, but different ingredients.

  19. Martha says:

    I love Martha Stewart. My am constrantly borrowing the book from the library –

    Good Things for Easy Entertaining: The Best of Martha Stewart Living

  20. Matilda says:

    I have “InStyle Parties” and it has been wonderful for my little get togethers. However,I am running out of ideas from it and would love a new book full of ideas!

  21. Jessica F says:

    Anything from Martha, and I love the Southern Living books too

  22. Kate Lehnhof says:

    Real Simple Celebrations is where it is at!

  23. Nikki says:

    I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE all of Martha Stewarts Magazines! She has such creative ideas that are sooo inspiring!

  24. My entertaining bibles are “Party Confidential” by Lara Shriftman and Elizabeth Harrison, “InStyle Parties”, “Real Simple Celebrations” and anything by David Tutera. I would love to add “Party Basics” to my stash!

  25. Melissa C says:

    Pick me! Pick me!! I love to throw parties and entertain!!

    I get most of my inspiration from HWTM blog, but also from books like, Buffet Parties, Shower Themed books, Family Fun has some great books too!!!

  26. Eliza says:

    My absolute favorite is Barefoot Contessa Parties. SO many fantastic ideas for any kind of party–her ideas are always a hit :)

  27. May-May says:

    I love InStyle Parties! The book has so many great recipes–I loved how easy the BLT tomatoes were and the pictures are so helpful and inspiring.

  28. Kristal says:

    I love “Paperie for inspired living” by Karen Bartolomei. The invitation & decor ideas are absolutely amazing!

  29. katie says:

    Google Reader. I am a young professional living on a tight budget and I find that I can get all of my tips from decorating, entertaining, and recipe ideas to fashion and lifestyle budgeting advice from my favorite blogs.

    It also helps with time management because I get quick reads throughout the day instead of taking the time to sit down and read a book or page through a magazine.

    However, I still treasure the opportunity to spend a weekend afternoon at Borders picking up coffee table inspiration or sitting down on the couch to page through a new recipe book. From there, the possibilities are endless!

  30. Melissa says:

    I LOVE anything Martha Stewart,and now you can get her do-it yourself kits at Walmart and Micheals.So it is even easier to let my inner Martha shine! I have to say i do find myself logging onto this site more and more as i can get my martha fix and all the other great ideas in one spot! Thanks for this !! (and the great list of books to go and buy!!)

  31. cshteynberg says:

    Though I don’t typically cook too much out of the Silver Palate cookbooks anymore (though I have my tried and true recipes I still use from there), they have great tips for entertaining–their hand-drawn pics of crudite platters, hollowing out artichokes and peppers for the dips, and their vegetable and flower centerpieces are so inspiring, even decades later!

  32. iasha says:

    Party Like a Rock Star : by Jes Gordon

  33. MC says:

    I don’t have any books… I rely on blogs/websites like hostess with the mostess and better homes, i hope i win to jump start my party book collection.

  34. Ivy says:

    This book looks so fun! I just got married and don’t yet own any party books but this would be an excellent book to start with! I do however love this blog and have tucked away many ideas for future parties! I also love the Williams and Sonoma cookbook we received as one of our wedding gifts – the recipes are easy enough to make and we will definitely use them in the future when entertaining!

  35. Melanie says:

    Love “Party Confidential” by Laura Shirftman and Elizabeth Harrison. Features ideas, recipes, and a vendor guide.

  36. Rachel says:

    I love the book “I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence” by Amy Sedaris. She is hilarious, her writing style is awesome, and tips are fabulous!

  37. Jessie says:

    I love InStyle Parties and Hello Cupcake (which is sitting on my counter right now!). Such stylish and fun ideas.

  38. Stacy Hofman says:

    What a fun book! I have had a lot of success with NIGELLA BITES from Nigella Lawson. The “Good Thing” compilations from MS:Living are always fun entertaining books too. I hope to add this one to my favorites!
    Thank you HWTM & PBFNN!!

  39. Sil BsAs says:

    I LOVE hello cupcakes, it has so many possibilities!

  40. Paulette says:

    Real Simple Celebrations – received this book when I hosted the Saturn House Party and it is full of great ideas and suggestions to supplement your plans