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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. Ashley says:

    I always turn to anything by Martha Stewart. Any book or magazine by Martha is always a source for great ideas.

  2. cairtree says:

    real simple magazine!

  3. Cheryl says:

    For entertaing family, friends or just because, I always turn to “taste of home” magazine or cookbooks. They offer great tips on entertaining and the recipes (from real cooks) always satisfy my family .

  4. Michelle T. says:

    I really love InStyle Parties, great ideas for decor and menu for several different themes.

  5. Katie says:

    I love Martha Stewart’s magazines, and web site She always has ideas that fit my budget, and usually the projects are fairly simple.

  6. Maryanna says:

    I don’t really have a favorite entertaining “book,” so I go to Hostess w/ the Mostess website mostly. I’m not saying that b/c this giveaway is on their website. They really do have some amazing ideas.
    I also go to the Martha Stewart website, as well.

  7. Shana says:

    I may be alone, but I really loved Amy Sedaris’ :”I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence”. Its a good read, contains recipes, and makes me laugh so I don’t stress out!

    I am still only an ameteur at party planning, so this website is usually my go-to-source for inspiration!

  8. says:

    Every time it’s shower/party time– the two places I refer to most are hostesswiththemostess for theme inspiration and martha stewart. I don’t really own any party planning/hostessing books– but would LOVE to!

  9. Val says:

    Anything by Martha Stewart… she’s the goddess of decorting and party ideas, mostly out of my league, but I like the pictures :)

  10. Lindsay says:

    I like InStyle Parties as well as Real Simple magazines and Martha Stewart’s Wedding magazines. I’m going to be a newlywed soon so I could use this book! :o)

  11. Angie says:

    Well I don’t get to entertain as much as I would like and my entertaining guide books are not new and not exclusive to living but Alexandra Stoddard books on living a good life always have helpful hints.

  12. Danielle says:

    I love the book Martha Stewart’s Encyclopedia of Crafts: An A-to-Z Guide with Detailed Instructions and Endless Inspiration for all things party, entertaining and overall craftiness! It is a great DIY instruction book to get creative and hands on! I also Love Real Simple’s Celebrations book!! Great ideas!

  13. Julie Turner says:

    What a fun giveaway!

  14. Julie Turner says:

    I would love this

  15. tiombe paige says:

    After reading all 170 comments i only saw 3 that mentioned one of the greatest books/ entertainers. Harrison and Shriftman a public relations and special events firm. They’ve published Party Confidential ,Fete Accompli and Fete Accompli Workbook. These books have saved my career. If you dont have them…get them!!! Worth every penny!

  16. Roxy says:

    Barefoot contessa all the way! She has the best ideas and all her recipies are delicious!

  17. Jessie Fernandez says:

    I highly recommend “Hello Cupcake” by Alan Richardson and Karen Tack. They have wonderful recipes that would surely spike up any party, and the best thing is that they are soooo easy to make. :o)

  18. Kristin T says:

    I love the Hello Cupcake book

  19. Rachel S. says:

    Since most of my entertaining these days involves my 2 and 4 year old boys and their friends, I have found Hello, Cupcake! to be a lifesaver for me. The kids all think I’m the coolest mom!

  20. Jasmine in Australia says:

    For me, Donna Hay is the quintessential guide to delightful cooking and entertaining with style, even if it’s gorgeously simplistic. Think of an Aussie Martha Stewart. Donna’s magazines are so beautiul- even if you didn’t cook one recipe, it’s so addictive to just get lost in each page.

    But her recipes (mostly simple recipes but presented like a fine dining restaurant would) are too lovely to not want to try and make (and eat!).

  21. 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! :-)

  22. 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.

  23. Anisa says:

    InStyle parties is my go-to!

  24. Amanda says:

    Hello Cupcake. Cute cupcakes for about any occasion.

  25. Abbie says:

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

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

  27. 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!

  28. 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!!

  29. 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.

  30. Andrea says:

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

  31. 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!

  32. 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.

  33. Mirielle says:

    Martha Stewarts Encyclopedia of Crafts :)

  34. 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.

  35. Erica says:

    Entertaining Simple by Mathew Mead is simply amazing

  36. amy says:

    real simple celebrations and anything martha stewart

  37. Christine says:

    I enjoyed reading Kate Spade’s Occasions full of tips on what she does when she entertains.

  38. Ashley B. says:

    I love Food Nework’s “How to Boil Water” – it is has such easy (but great) basics and ideas!

  39. Jenni B. says:

    I am always obsessing over one entertaining book or another–pulling out my arsenal of books and magazines any time there is a party-worthy occasion nearing (so, pretty much all the time). Currently I am loving “Entertaining Simple” by Matthew Mead. He has got great advice for stocking yourself with party essentials that will help create several unique party looks without breaking the bank each and every time. Then of course I love anything and everything by David Tutera…he is so over-the-top amazing I can’t help but be inspired!

  40. Cynthia Logan says:

    I always love Martha Stewart and Real Simple