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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Lindsay SAYS:

I’m planning my wedding and I LOVE LOVE LOVE “The Big White Book of Weddings: A How-to Guide for the Savvy, Stylish Bride” by David Tutera. He has impeccable taste and all those little details that you can take home! It’s the best.

Reply October 12, 2009 at 7:20 pm

Jennifer SAYS:

A good book for party food is called Party! by Love Food. It has different types of events that you would have and different recipes of food to serve at those parties. It has great little tips too!

Reply October 12, 2009 at 7:21 pm

Sara B SAYS:

One of my all-time favorite books to give as a gift is “Feast” by Nigella Lawson. Her recipes are fantastic, plus there is a story behind nearly every recipe. Also, the photos are incredible!

Reply October 12, 2009 at 7:22 pm

Grace SAYS:

I love my Martha Stewart magazines!

Reply October 12, 2009 at 7:32 pm

Monica L SAYS:

Please, me!! I love looking through Food For Friends and Simple Stunning Weddings! Please, me!!!

Reply October 12, 2009 at 7:35 pm

Deidra SAYS:

When I need a dose of inspiration I look over my “Good Things for Entertaining” by Ms. Martha, herself.

I’ve had my eye on this book though. I’ve perused the pages on Amazon and wished someone would have given it to us as a wedding gift!

Reply October 12, 2009 at 7:40 pm

Tiffany SAYS:

I love the Domestic Divas Party Cookbook. It has amazing recipes and a fun party idea for each month of the year. Highly recommend it.

Reply October 12, 2009 at 7:41 pm

Julie B SAYS:

Last Minute Party Girl is fantastic, and I have found some fantastic food ideas in the special edition magazines Taste Of Home has put out in the last year.

Any resources are great (And Hostess With The Mostess has been a godsend!). We got married in November and had no idea how much we’d be entertaining. Love all the fresh ideas!

Reply October 12, 2009 at 7:44 pm

Vivian SAYS:

I loved “The Knot Ultimate Wedding Planner!”

Reply October 12, 2009 at 7:50 pm

Laura Hit SAYS:

I would say Real Simple magazines and their books that they have every once and awhile. Or of course, Martha Stewart or HWTM!

Reply October 12, 2009 at 7:52 pm

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!!

Reply October 12, 2009 at 7:54 pm

Annie @ Marry You Me SAYS:

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.

Reply October 12, 2009 at 7:57 pm

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.

Reply October 12, 2009 at 8:04 pm

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!

Reply October 12, 2009 at 8:11 pm

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!

Reply October 12, 2009 at 8:29 pm

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