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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. Michelle says:

    I am constantly getting recipes out of “Food to Live By: The Earthbound Farm Organic Cookbook” to use when we entertain!

  2. Carrie says:

    I love Real Simple Celebrations! It offers great ideas for the whole party, even down to the music! Would love some new inspiration.

  3. Lemi says:

    Being a souther girl that I am, I love the abundance of party ideas and fun decor presented in Southern Wedding Magazine an also on their blog. Also, being newly married, I’m experiencing terrible symptoms of party planning withdrawls =/ I am currently in search of an excuse, any excuse to throw the next fun shindig and always looking for whimsical party ideas.

  4. Natasha says:

    Karen Bussen Simple Stunning Showers has great ideas!

  5. Victoria Petersen says:

    Weddings Magazine from Martha Stewart is my favorite. The personalized decor and themes they weave through their events really inspire my creativity for any type of event. After that I love Special Events Magazine.

  6. Kate says:

    Love any Martha Stewart books and adore the Hello Cupcake book…I’ve made so many of them already for different events.

  7. Geri says:

    I’d love to read “Party Confidential”…I’m sure filled with some fun, outrageous ideas.

  8. Lyndsay says:

    I need all the help I can get when it comes to party planning. I’ve only had one so far and it turned out fine, but not what I was hoping. Since then I checked out InStyle Parties from the library and liked it, but don’t own it. I’d love to have a copy of Party Basics for New Nesters. Thanks for the chance to win!

  9. Briar says:

    I love the book Entertaining Simple. The pictures are so inspiring and the advice within has been really valuable when I throw parties.

  10. katie says:

    My favorite entertaining book is by Real Simple Magaine – Real Simple Entertaining. Everything is doable, but elegant.

  11. Katie says:

    Anything by Karen Bussen is great for inspiration. I love the resource guide in the back of all her books! Pillsbury’s “Come on Over” is also a great find for yummy, easy, and economical party food!

  12. Christina says:

    I’d love to win. My favorite entertaining book is “Time to Celebrate” by Hamlyn

  13. Stephanie says:

    Martha is my go-to gal! :)

  14. kateastrophe says:

    I have relied heavily on the book Williams Sonoma sells called the Bride and Groom first and forever cookbook. It’s got great recipes as well as awesome ideas for celebrations. I also lean on Martha, as I think many of us do!

  15. Abbie says:

    The Joy of Cooking — every recipe you’d ever need for an excellent menu.

  16. Angela says:

    I always get tons of ideas from Martha Stewart magazines! They’re amazing.

  17. Lezlie Blazzard says:

    I too always turn to Martha. There are always fun and inspirational ideas in her books and magazines.

  18. Amanda says:

    These days I always search online first, but I love Martha Stewart’s magazines and her website!

  19. Ashlan says:

    I love the InStyle Parties book. They have such great ideas for themed parties. I have been married for exactly 4 months tomorrow, so this book would be perfect!! My husband and I are definitely “new nesters!”

  20. Sarah says:

    I love The Last Minute Party Girl – which has great checklists and ideas to be party ready all of the time – and The Party Girl Cookbook – full of fun ideas for year round parties.