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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. Melissa Irvin says:

    I love Real Simple Celebrations! Loaded with great ideas AND it has a party by numbers wheel guide in the back that makes estimation of quantity based on party size SO EASY!!

  2. I love Signature Weddings by Michelle Rago, because I love the pictures and also feel like the ideas translate well to just entertaining in general.

  3. Shannon says:

    I love ‘Martha Stewart’s Baking Handbook” lots of yummy recipes and it will make your house smell amazing before company comes. The instructions are great and walk you through the basics.

  4. Sara Kent says:

    I LOVE The Swell Dressed Party written by Cynthia Rowley and Ilene Rosenweig. This is not a wirdely known book but it is full of ideas for any occasion!

  5. Kendall says:

    I love Homemade Holidays, by Family Fun- since so many of our festivities revolve around our children- and we certainly love to involve them! Great ideas that the kids love- and easy to incorporate them into your more adult decorating!

  6. tara jenne says:

    I frequently turn to either Deborah Madison, Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone, or any of Ina Garten’s books for entertaining recipe ideas. For whimsy, I just love Pad Parties by Maranian!

  7. Bobbi says:

    I like Hello Cupcake and all kid related party books. I get so excited when my daughters birthday rolls around because i have a reason to plan a fun and super cool party! I would love to have some more party planning books to add to my collection and use for other party i could plan! Excited about this giveaway!

  8. Michelle says:

    I like Martha Stewart’s stuff on entertaining. There is so many ideas in her stuff!

  9. DrDrama says:

    I love the original Martha Stewart Living cookbook for foolproof recipes for a crowd and guests.

  10. Ashlee C. says:

    I love reading about the fun events in Party Confidential by Lara Shriftman and Elizabeth Harrison.

  11. Jen S says:

    For food, I love any of the Junior League cookbooks. I have 3 from Colorado that I love and one from San Diego. The recipes are always dependable and tasty.

  12. Alicia says:

    I love Family Fun Magazine for kids party ideas. They’re always easy, fun, and very kid-friendly.

  13. Michele Larkin says:

    “Entertaining Simple” Useful ideas and successful recipes honed from many parties and compiled into one great book ~ yet somehow simplified to make everything easy!

  14. Love reading about these great event ideas..keeps me hip and fresh

  15. Vanessa - V3 says:

    I absolutely LOVE Real Simple: Celebrations! Such practical ideas and specific advice. For wedding eye candy and inspiration, I love Simply Stunning Weddings! For design and decor inspiration, I love browsing home decor blogs, clothing and furniture catalogs.

  16. Barb in CA says:

    “mention a party or entertaining-related book that you especially love/would recommend to others” … I like Karen Bussen’s ” Simple Stunning Parties at Home: Recipes, Ideas, and Inspirations for Creative Entertaining” – lots of yummy ideas for the eyes and tummy. Her Pomegranate Cherry Sakejito cocktail “makes” a party!

  17. Misti says:

    Since weddings have been on my mind lately, I’m going to have to recomend “The Knot Ultimate Wedding Planner”. It’s full of checklists and step-by step advice on what needs to be done to plan an entire wedding. Such a big help to this already-scatterbrained-bride! :)

  18. Becca says:

    I love Semi-Homemade Gatherings by Sandra Lee! Makes it easy (and relatively inexpensive) to throw a theme party…and I’ve never met a theme I didn’t just love!

  19. Eve says:

    My favorite one party book is Instyle Parties. They are perfect for cute parties with style.

  20. Mandi says:

    The Martha Stewart A to Z encyclopedia is a great resource for me-lots of good basic ideas that can applied to almost any situation!