Party Books


If you’re looking for something really FUN and unique to serve at your next get grown-up get together (or to gift to someone that loves a good party), I’ve got just the thing for you! My friend Jeanne Benedict recently released a book called Cocktail Pops that’s filled with over 50 recipes of spiked ice […]

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Thoroughly Modern Milkshakes by Adam Ried is thick, creamy and delightfully knowledgable! And today we are lucky enough to share two of his amazing recipes: Cantaloupe-Lemon Shake and Toasted Oatmeal + Brown Sugar Shake! Overall the book shares 100 recipes from classic treats to creative concoctions, and all are easy and delicious! ABOUT THOROUGHLY MODERN MILKSHAKES: Adam is […]

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If you’re someone that loves a good party AND a good book, then I’ve got some REALLY good news to share! Party guru Kara Allen (of the popular Kara’s Party Ideas blog) is releasing her very first book in just a few short weeks… on October 9th to be exact! Kara’s Party Ideas is filled […]

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Winner update: 10/5/12: This giveaway is now closed. Thanks so much to everyone that entered! And the lucky random winners are… Commenters #125 – NATALA, #14 – JOANNA, #20 – CINDY, #101 – ROBIN, #17 – ABBY, #43 – SHANNYN, #55 – SHAYNE, #102 – JULIA, #23 – NIKI & #93 – CRISTY. Congrats! ***** I know that many of […]

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Shaina’s jar genius is back! As promised in our Desserts in Jars review from last week, here’s another fabulous recipe from the book – this time for the gorgeous-looking Lemon Blueberry Bread Pudding. Mascarpone cheese, blueberries, agave nectar, lemon zest, artisan bread, and more delectable flavors served in a cute little jar that you get all to […]

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DESSERTS IN JARS: 50 Sweet Treats that Shine Eco-friendly, decorative, functional… I know you all love mason jars as much as we do at Hostess! (Remember them here and here and here for starters.) When it comes to parties & entertaining, these handy little containers are stellar at multitasking – utilized as everything from vases […]

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Hi! It’s Amy from Amy Nichols Special Events. I’m here to review a super FUN new book called Mrs. Lilien’s Cocktail Swatchbook. If you’re not familiar with Mrs. Lilien, you’ll have to check out her amazing style blog – chock full of visual inspiration in every post. If you love color and savvy style, then you’ll love […]

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Hi there! Amy from Amy Nichols Special Events here. I’m so excited to be reviewing Tori Spelling’s new book: celebraTORI! I must admit I didn’t know what to expect when I picked up a copy of “celebraTORI: Unleashing Your Inner Party Planner to Entertain Family and Friends”. When I hear the name Tori Spelling, my mind […]

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If you love baking, cookbooks, or even just looking at gorgeous photography of petite pastries, then you will absolutely adore the ridiculously charming baking book, Miette! And if you are lucky enough to live in San Francisco, then you may have even had the privilege of walking through the doors of one of the four […]

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In celebration of her brand new book – The Wedding Planner & Organizer – renowned event planner extraordinaire Mindy Weiss recently hosted a beautiful book signing party at Lehr & Black Studio in Los Angeles. And since we ARE talking about Mindy Weiss here, it should come as absolutely no surprise that the party was […]

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Last summer I had the pleasure of meeting blogger Kelly Wilkinson of Make Grow Gather on a super fun & crafty blogger’s weekend graciously hosted by Michaels. I sat next to Kelly at dinner the first night and remember the excitement in her voice as she talked about a book she’d been working on for […]

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I’m excited to send a shout out and huge congrats to my friend & fellow blogger Marie LeBaron from the popular and super creative blog Make and Takes on the launch of her very first book: MAKE and TAKES for KIDS! I met Marie when we worked on the very first SocialLuxe Lounge party in […]

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Waiter, there’s an ant on my cupcake!” That was one of the comments I got on twitter last night after posting these “Ants on a Picnic” cupcakes from What’s New, Cupcake?. =) But wait… these are the kind of bugs that you actually WANT at your party! You know… the kind that are made from […]

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Today over at RealSimple.com- check out my review of Simply Elegant Flowers with Michael George… a truly fabulous book and a great gift idea for party lovers, hostesses, and brides-to-be. Added bonus – lots of eye candy! {Photos by Brie Williams}

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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 […]

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Well, today is officially the first day of Spring! I thought it would be fun to celebrate the imminent arrival of warmer weather with some spring-and-summer-appropriate decorating inspiration from one of my favorite entertaining books: The Perfect Wedding Details by Maria McBride. Regardless of whether or not you actually have a wedding to plan – […]

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If you’re looking for a creative way to say thank you to your wedding guests – especially those that have traveled far and wide to help celebrate your big day – try surprising them with a “Welcome!” treat in their hotel room or a parting gift as they head home from reception. Jo Gartin’s Weddings […]

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This week over at Simply Stated – check out the details on Karen Tack & Alan Richardson’s super creative Hello, Cupcake! book – featuring some of the most clever & adorable cupcakes you ever will see! (Great price too)

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Hello everyone! This is Mel Lim, the founder of BACE – Business & Creative exchange, a blog for JOYBYMELLIM.com. I am thrilled to be part of HWTM blog today. Though my blog is normally about business and design, I have money-saving tips to share on hosting super fun parties for both personal and corporate events. […]

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I’m also loving all these wonderful ideas for personalizing & dressing up basic glass votives; the transparent vinyl stickers (2nd row, far right) are an easy, yet elegant look for weddings and bridal showers…

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