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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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.

October 13, 2009 at 2:50 am

dymphna SAYS:

i don’t have a book that I use, but lately i have been going to http://mypunchbowl.com
I hope this counts

October 13, 2009 at 3:32 am

Aubrey SAYS:

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

October 13, 2009 at 4:36 am

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!

October 13, 2009 at 4:55 am

Teresa SAYS:

Love Hello Cupcake

October 13, 2009 at 5:00 am

Tracy SAYS:

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

October 13, 2009 at 6:28 am

Joanna SAYS:

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

October 13, 2009 at 6:30 am

Christy S SAYS:

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

October 13, 2009 at 6:44 am

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!

October 13, 2009 at 6:49 am

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!

October 13, 2009 at 6:50 am


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

October 13, 2009 at 6:58 am

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.

October 13, 2009 at 7:02 am

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…. :)

October 13, 2009 at 7:04 am

Megan Simpson SAYS:

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

October 13, 2009 at 7:05 am

Kristen Mantovani SAYS:

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

October 13, 2009 at 7:12 am

Becky SAYS:

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

October 13, 2009 at 7:22 am

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!

October 13, 2009 at 7:33 am

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.

October 13, 2009 at 7:40 am

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

October 13, 2009 at 7:41 am

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!

October 13, 2009 at 7:44 am
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