*Since I will be away from my computer for the next few days, I decided to pick the winners early, because, I just KNEW you would all be on the edge of your seat until I announced the winners and I didn’t want anyone to have a miserable weekend. I’m nice like that. I’ve contacted the winners (#127 Kristi H., #159 Jennifer R., and #719 Jenny). Congratulations!

I’m not going to lie: I can make a mean cupcake. And I can even pipe a swirl that is pretty darn cute. But in honor of staying honest, I have to confess that beyond that, I’m a terrible party planner. I envy those gifted folks who can put together a party table that is filled with decorations, food, and a real, live tablecloth – and all of it coordinated in the cutest of ways. I’m lucky to get the cupcakes or cake slapped onto a cardboard round and transported from here to there before one of my kids’ gouges a taste with their pudgy, smudgy fingers.

A week or so ago, I saw Amy Atlas’ new Sweet Designs book highlighted on several blogs and decided I had to get my hands on a copy. I ordered. It arrived. And my life and party planning skills are officially changed for the better.

Seriously, this book assures me I can be a party planning rock star. And trust you me, I will become just that if it kills me. All because every single step, decoration, idea, and recipe is laid out in the book. The level of detail is astounding. Granted, some of the ideas/tablescapes are completely over-the-top but my new party planning motto is go big or go home and this book proves that is the way to live your party planning life. I cannot wait to put the brilliant ideas in this book to use. I just have to find the perfect occasion now (oh, and the time…you know…cause having a new baby and four other rugrats running around isn’t enough on my plate right now – ha!).

In honor of my bursting love for this book, I’m giving away THREE copies to THREE lucky winners. Simply leave a comment on THIS post and tell me what kind of party planner you are. Do you go all out, including hot gluing miniature flags onto drinking straws? Or do you stay simple, simple, simple? Spill the beans. And enter to win a copy of this book that will make all your friends jealous of your mad party planning skills.

Winners will be announced tomorrow. Or maybe Friday. Depending on my mood. Love ya!

Pssst: Giveaway sponsored by Mel’s Kitchen Cafe (a.k.a. me). Amy Atlas and her book have no idea who I am and they don’t realize that not only am I envious of the party planning ideas, but I desperately want Amy Atlas’ hair. Peace out.

843 Responses to Super Spontaneous Giveaway: Sweet Designs – CONTEST CLOSED!

  1. Holly says:

    I like to go all out with food, but never do much with decorations…

  2. Hilary says:

    Me? I’m a horrible party planner!! IF, we have a party, and thats usually a big IF, its a either a cookout outside or a potluck – no decorations at all, just maybe some color coordinated plates , forks and napkins! Parties totally stress me out!

  3. Cindy R. says:

    No decorations for me, lucky to get food and house cleaned.

  4. Lisa says:

    I love throwing parties, but the only part that I’m successful at is making a lot of good food. I am terrible with decorations and coordinating things.

  5. Mary says:

    I love having a dinner party, but my decorations are usually simple candle arrangements. I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to have this book!!

  6. Liss V says:

    I try to just go with what the kids want…it’s their special day!

  7. Dawn says:

    I always wait till the last minute and then run around trying to throw things together, or see something and though ooh that is simple and cute too bad I didn’t know about it then. thanks for a great blog!

  8. Julie R says:

    I used to go all out. Now I aim for simple.

  9. Dana says:

    I enjoy attempting to coordinate food/decorations and such but it always turns out semi-kidish..haha, I blame it on my being a teacher! Generally the results charming enough, but never exactly what I have envisioned in my head! I bet this book could help! πŸ™‚

  10. Karen says:

    I could really use that book as I’m in the process of planning a graduation/welcome home from your mission party for 2 of my sons. I’m good at the food and logistics…not so good at the decorations.

  11. amy marantino says:

    i stay pretty simple… i stick with lots of balloons and festive drinks and snacks

  12. Cynthia H says:

    Love to entertain! Summertime is the best time- easy throw together at the last minute parties is what I usually do- if it is a holiday, then we go all out!

  13. Leigh Ann says:

    My concentration is definitely on the food…other than that, I just try to make sure my house is clean!

  14. I try. I am simple but I do tend more to focus on the food. Wish I was better at the whole thing though. This book would help me I know (wink wink)

  15. Emily W says:

    I always think less is more. Find a few great food ideas a couple matching decor ideas and run with it. But too much can take away.

  16. Crystal D says:

    I love throwing a good party! There is something about going all out with every detail accounted for, just to make somebody feel special, that just makes me happy! It is such a great feeling. I typically start planning my little boys parties (or whatever excuse I can come up with to celebrate) months in advance. This book looks so fun! Thanks for offering such a fun giveaway!

  17. Katie G says:

    I’ve never been so good at decorations. Food yes, everything else, not so much.

  18. marcela says:

    No skills here. I just put things in plastic containers I found at big lots and basically call it good. Luckily the food makes up for the lack of decor but I would love to be able to decorate a table beautifully.

  19. Corrie says:

    My kids do suffer. πŸ˜‰ Their parties are “birthday themed” with a cake, maybe some balloons and streamers, and a game. My sister is the Go All Out-er. She throws real doosies!

  20. Sheri says:

    I’m a mix. I used to be more all out, at least when my energy was there. Now, well, not so much, but I’d like to get better. My kids would love it! In fact, my daughter turns 5 in a few weeks, this would be perfect! She would be so excited πŸ™‚

  21. karen says:

    I think I am good with food, but decorations go by the wayside. Could use some serious help in planning 4th daughters 1st birthday which is right around the corner and haven’t even had time to think about it with baseball season in full swing:)

  22. Whitney L says:

    I definitely go all out with food. Decorations, not so much… I love hosting, though

  23. Jay says:

    I love having people over! I go all out with food and cooking. As for setting up the house, its TH’s department. Decorating food or presenting it – not much into it and I console myself by telling that its supposed to be “homey” πŸ™‚ This book could help πŸ˜‰

  24. annie says:

    I am a details gal! I love doing all the little things that tie the theme together (food, decorations, little flags, whatever). But I don’t always plan far enough in advance to accomplish it all.

  25. Gail C says:

    I try to keep it simple. Never seems to be enough time for much more.

  26. Angela says:

    I go all out! And…I have to admit, I am pretty good at stretching a buck in a beautiful way. My wedding guests swore my $6,000 wedding was a $50,000 wedding. πŸ™‚

  27. Bethany M says:

    I’m somewhere in the middle. I love hosting people and go all-out with the meal, but most of the time I don’t do too much with presenting it decoratively unless it’s a major holiday.

  28. Katie L. says:

    I really do try…I have big plans but I have to say that they are never QUITE executed in the way I really want. I need help!!! This book sounds very intriguing!

  29. Suzy says:

    I am not a good party planner, and need all the help I can get!

  30. Meggan says:

    I go for super simple…good food and good friends….the food may or may not be served directly from the stove :). I have a small kitchen πŸ™‚

  31. Sarah says:

    I put more time and effort into the food than into the decor. When I try to decorate it never turns out quite how I envisioned. I usually claim that my preschool-aged children “helped.” So then people think it looks really good.

  32. I am the queen of great and giant plans…I can never quite pull it off like I envisioned, but in my head it looked fantastic!

  33. Ruth says:

    I would love this book! It would be a great inspiration!! I use to entertain quite often, but now not so much. My style is simple, colorful, and laid-back with LOTS of GREAT food.

  34. Jessen says:

    I’m Horrible at Hosting a Party. I’m usually behind on cooking when they show, and I’m in the kitchen while everyone else is enjoying themselves. . . I prep ahead, but still fall behind everytime. So, I think the question about decorating is answered already – Definitely a big NO. I like to go all out on the food, sometimes going overboard and suffer for it!

  35. Stephanie Sparks says:

    I love to plan with a theme or style so that everything can coordinate. Pinterest has made me feel gallons more creative lately but I still need help with what to serve! Party planning can be scary business πŸ™‚

  36. Kenna says:

    I usually have big ideas….the day before the party and don’t have time to do them. But I read or heard once that we shouldn’t do nothing just because we can’t do something big. It’s better to get together even if it’s simple!

  37. Merianne says:

    I love throwing parties! I go all out on food but have no skill when it comes to decorations. Please let me win this book….I need all the help I can get!

  38. Christine says:

    When I have parties, I go all-out on food but don’t really decorate. Hopefully my guests will be having so much fun they wouldn’t have noticed the decorations anyway.

  39. Kalie says:

    I like a simple theme with oodles of delicious food. I’ve been seeing this book in the blogosphere too and I would LOVE to win a copy! πŸ™‚

  40. Mary says:

    In my mind I go all out. I vision the great dishes I’m going to cook, the decorations I’m going to make, and the cake, oh the cake. Unfortunately, it usually doesn’t happen. I have tried so hard to do the cake, what a disaster! Cupcakes? Tried those too, not a happy story.

  41. Kim in MD says:

    I love, love, love party planning! I usually plan parties around a theme, and then make the food and decorations within that theme. Thanks for the opportunity to win this awesome book, Mel. I’ve had this book in my Amazon cart for at least a week, so if I don’t win it I am just going to have to break down and purchase it!

  42. Jesse says:

    I love to throw a party! However, until I discovered pinterest, I wasn’t very good. I’m still not very good, but the food is always good (thanks to your site) πŸ˜‰

  43. m.e (cathie) says:

    i love to party plan in my head but in the end it just is all about the cake. spend so much time baking I forget those little flags everywhere.
    great give away…and everyone should have Amy Atlas hair!

  44. Martha says:

    I go simple, simple, simple, but I would LOVE to throw a killer party!

  45. Belisa says:

    I am definately a person that goes all out in my food spread, but am lacking the decorative style. I could totally use one of these! πŸ™‚

  46. Amy says:

    I always get thees grand ideas and then can never seem to make it happen!:) So I am always happy when the food turns out delicious, the house is clean and the friends are enjoying themselves!! This book sounds like it would be a great motivator to pull everything together!!

  47. Terry A. says:

    I’m not a party planner at all. Too much added stress.

  48. Jenn W. says:

    I used to be all out, now I’m simple, fast, and easy–except when it comes to the food.

  49. Jill C says:

    I usually only concern myself with the food. I am terrible with decorating….. I just clean the house and get back to planning the food.

  50. Janelle Belka says:

    I would love to say that I’m an awesome party planner but I’m definitely not. I love parties but for the most part I stay pretty simple. I would love some new ideas, tips, etc.

  51. Melissa says:

    I love to have people over, and I have to admit I always focus on the food including desser (my favorite thing to made) :). I usually don’t do much for decorations, but if I do I keep it simple.

  52. Katie says:

    I usually aim for simple…but when all is said and done, end up going all out. πŸ™‚

  53. Aurelia says:

    Simple is the name of the game here, but I love seeing all the ideas and someday I want to throw parties like that.

  54. Leslie says:

    I love to plan parties! A few weeks ago I planned a Cinco De Mayo party for my bunco girls! I love to decorate and prepare food all with a cute theme!

  55. Party planning and me are not exactly on par. I do however always have great food at any get together. That’s how I roll. Good eats all the way.

  56. Katie Ault says:

    I love to cook, and tend to keep things simple. Would love to get some f
    party decorating ideas too.

  57. Sharon Myers says:

    I love hosting get togethers with friends and family, and since finding ur site I always fix food from ur “best recipes” with great success! My problem is that I think I fix too much and then haven’t a clue how to display it all! Would love some party display and decorating tips. Thanks for the chance to win this book Mel<3

  58. Terri Sullivan says:

    I can cook some pretty impressive meals….but I’m “decorator challenged” so I’d LOVE this book …if I don’t win, I think I’ll still order it….looks like a great book!

  59. Nancy says:

    I love a good themed party, but I usually tend to concentrate on the food end of things. Both of my daughters have July birthdays so I could use some great ideas!

  60. Angie H says:

    LOL….party planner does NOT equal me! I like to have people over and always make way too much food, but there are no decorations, no coordinating dishes or colors and definitely no flags hot glued to straws! So this book would be a lifesaver in my party planning world. Please random generator, pick me!

  61. Ryann says:

    I like cooking for parties but not the decorating bit. So if you like to eat, my gatherings are the place to be (just to look around so much:)

  62. Hayley says:

    Ditto on the hair! I feel like I always make good food and treats for a party… but the idea of even trying to decorate or theme or design just overwhelms me… so pretty much, I just don’t throw parties. But I would like to start.. maybe… if she makes it seem easier. πŸ™‚

  63. Ilene says:

    I’m good at the food but bad at the decorations. In my mind it’s all about the food anyway.

  64. Meaghan says:

    I’m the type of party planner that has lots of great ideas, and high hopes and expectations of myself. Then the next thing I know I have 2 days to get everything done, and I fall short!

  65. Kitty harper says:

    Ummmm, I’m the planner that when their guests arrive I am still in sweatpants with flour on my face while trying to hot glue some grand idea I had together!! I always have the best of intentions but somehow it goes very very wrong! So I need this book!! Haha! Congrats on the gorgeous baby girl!!

  66. Katie says:

    I tend to lean toward the simple side, but only because I don’t know what else to do. This book looks like the perfect remedy for that. Thanks!

  67. Patricia says:

    My party planning skills are limited at best, but…I do make way more food for a party than twice the people could eat, then have the fun of sending a lot of it home with the party guests. I would love to be able to have a beautiful/clever/stunning party sometime. We are having book group here next week. I am hoping to make it at least nice. For sure we are having the blueberry, coconut cake with lemon sauce.

  68. Connie Blythe says:

    I am an awesome planner, I just don’t follow thru! My little post it notes look like they’d be a great time!

  69. Allison C says:

    We just bought our first house and our apartment was super tiny so I haven’t hosted a party in 10+years. The parties I did have were simple, but had ample food and drinks. I would love to learn tricks for decorating more and making our soon to happen first house warming party as special as I can.

  70. Chelai says:

    My biggest focus is making sure guests have fun and if they didn’t know about it, they won’t miss it. I do however, put a lot of thought into it but keep planning simple at the same time.

  71. Simply Susan says:

    Simple and thrifty.

  72. Tania says:

    I like to go all out but rarely have the time. It would be great to have ideas that I can implement and run with.

  73. Toni says:

    Honestly….I NEED this book…Putting a party together is so-oooo stressful for me!

  74. Debbie says:

    I love to prepare the food and am so so on the decorations. Prefer to leave those simple or to someone else.

  75. LeeAnne Tucker says:

    I’m a so-so party planner. I have great ideas and lofty goals but thy seldom come together. Fortunately my friends don’t care if I have matching plates or fresh cut flowers. We just enjoy each other’s company!

    when they come over for a party. We simply enjoy each others company!

  76. Melissa Hudson says:

    I go all out with the food but then stumble on decorations etc. Balloons and streamers. I figure that is all they need πŸ™‚

  77. Tammy says:

    I try to go all out but lack of time almost always gets in my way!

  78. Jasmin says:

    As I’ve recently entered the “real adult” world, I’m excited to start planning parties! I would *love* to go all out, but definitely have no clue what to do… This book would be a life saver!

  79. Amy Reeves says:

    I always have great ambitions to throw a perfect looking party, but somehow it usually dissolves into cookies on paper plates, and maybe some balloons. πŸ™‚ whoops!

  80. Kellie Mecham says:

    I am an awful party planner. I always try my best, but usually it’s really very simple unless I can get my sister to help me.

  81. Alisha Broce says:

    I’d love to learn some tips. My husband is usually helping clean the house while I make fantastic food … pulling it all together is where we fall short.

  82. Tina says:

    Party planning to me means KISS although I would love to be one of those people who have it all together and make it look easy. Having three boys doesn’t help matters because all they care about are the cake and presents. For my youngest son’s birthday I went all out this year. There were balloons (but nothing else) everywhere and we still have some lying around (his birthday was in November). Thanks for the opportunity to win this book.

  83. Erin says:

    I love planning parties. Give me a theme, and I’ll run with it … invitations, paper supplies, decorations, cake design, party favors, hand-sewn “goodie bags” … all coordinate. Still, I always feel like there are more details that could enhance the event further, and I miss them either because they don’t occur to me or because of budget limitations. I’d love to get ideas from this new book – it sounds fantastic!

  84. Anne Marie says:

    I have to admit I am simple, simple, and more simple! This book is just what I need – thanks for the chance to win.

  85. Jaqui says:

    I’m not a party planner in any since of the word. Having people over for dinner stresses me out. For my kids birthdays we always go simple, simple, simple. I’ve been to a few really great amazingly planned parties and after each one I say to myself “someday I’m gonna do a party like this, someday I’ll go all out”. Maybe I’ll do better when the kids are a little older. ; )

  86. Deborah H says:

    I always do the same old thing…table of finger-type eats and a punch bowl of my Mother’s fav whiskey punch. So basically, I am in a rut. I NEED to move on and think this book might just be the ticket! Love ya, back!

  87. Bridget says:

    I love throwing parties and I keep it very simple and practical! That way, i’m not left with a ton of left-overs!

  88. Randi Marie says:

    Well, I am currently gathering inspiration for my baby shower which will be this July so this would be perfect!! I like to DIY crafts and decorations- it’s a lot of fun to see what I can create! Thanks for the giveaway! πŸ™‚

  89. Sara says:

    Love your site Mel! You are my go to site for any recipe! Love everything! My party planning always has BIG hopes! However, I too have little ones who need my attention. I always have a theme party, and do my best to tie everything in, but I would love me this book to help my creative juices! Right now in my life, simple is best!

  90. Linda Barnes says:

    I love, love, love planning parties and get- togethers! Unfortunately I don’t get to do this often, but when I do I like to go all out. I collect things for “parties I might have someday”. I am always looking for party and entertaining ideas. This is why I love pinterest! I love that people share their ideas and I can take ideas from different people and put together a wonderful party or family event. I love it all, food and decorating. I love making an event as special as I can for those I love. I would love to have this book in my hands to get ideas from!

  91. Kim says:

    Love to go over the top with the food, and leave the decorating to my mother. She is gifted that way!

  92. Tanya H. says:

    I usually stay simple, but I have big plans to get better! I’ve gotten pretty good at food and decoration for boys’ parties, but I could use some help with frou frou stuff for girls and adults! Thanks for the giveaway!

  93. Amanda says:

    HA! Party Planning? I’d love to but I am terrible at it. I am lucky if I get the cutlery out on time let alone match any of it. I never have any thing ready at the same time and I hesitate to invite many more than three people at a time because my skills are so blah! I’d love to be able to learn to plan. I love people and I’d love to be confident! This book was made for me! HA! But you give it to whom ever you like. πŸ™‚ Love your blog Mel. It’s change the way I cook!

  94. Laura says:

    Hi Mel! I try to be a simple planner – especially since our parties tend to have lots of little kids – but I usually end up going WAY overboard. πŸ™‚

  95. Elizabeth says:

    I am a shamefully simple party planner. I make the cake from scratch but that is the most complicated thing I do….

  96. Candy says:

    The parties I throw are fabulous!…. Tho they only live in my mind πŸ™‚ not reality.
    All I need for a great party is a lot of my family members….. And the rest seems to fall into place.
    Candy

  97. Chantal Coutu says:

    I always keep my party planning as simple as possible. Over the years, I’ve accumulated a couple of ideas and dishes that produce a great “WOW” factor, with little work on my part. I confess, I like to impress… but with minimal effort. πŸ˜‰ Unfortunately, because I have a lot of the same friends over regularly, I run out of tricks up my sleeve.

  98. Tina says:

    Trying to decorate my home a little more and to cook fun and at least half healthy recipes. We love to have people over and cook and bake for them…this book looks like it would help me decorate my apartment for guests in a unique way! =)

  99. Reine Birdsell says:

    I’m something of an in between party planner. I go way out for some things and keep it simple for others. Love this book and so hope I win! Thank you for the opportunity!

  100. Phyllis says:

    I’m good with the food, but could use ideas for decorating.

  101. Heather says:

    I have great ideas, but they just never turn out the way I want them. What a great book! That is very nice of you to do. Hope you are doing well with that precious baby girl!!

  102. Andrea says:

    I try to keep it as simple as possible, but I would love to create ones that look fabulous someday…maybe when I’m not so concerned about cost.

  103. Mandy says:

    very simple!!

  104. Susan says:

    I plan food to death & follow-through pretty well, but I can’t do decorations beyond tying balloons to a railing. I do pretty good with games/entertainment though. The worst thing about party planning for me is cleaning the house.

  105. I put my focus on the food. I love to make all sorts of new recipes, but am usually exhausted by the end. I wish I was one of those people whose parties had good food AND looked pretty. I am just not! πŸ™‚

  106. Jill says:

    I’m not the best party planner. I usually have big ideas but never really follow through or should I say, know how to follow through. I want to be an entertainer, I really do, I just lack some of the necessary skills to do so:) thanks for the chance to win this book. It could make our family have so much more fun and I could be a “cool” mom.

  107. Sarah says:

    I have ZERO skills in the party planning department…Even if I’m throwing a birthday party for my kids It’s easier to go somewhere else where all the planning and decorating is done and I just have to bring a cake. IF i actually have a party, there is NO decorations (unless it’s a few baloons and streamers for the store) and I’m lucky if I even have serving dishes that aren’t paper!

  108. Marty says:

    I do a few decorations, but try to keep it simple so I don’t stress out and can have fun!

  109. Lisa says:

    Hi Mel,
    I am fly by the seat of your pants last minute party planner – I usually have a few good recipes that I have gleaned from the internet and then I add as I go along. I am in the midst of planning my son’s grad party – doing a green and white theme – school colors and a few ideas from the web. Would love this book!

  110. Brittany says:

    This looks like a great book! I love entertaining and hosting parties! A must at my parties is great food! πŸ™‚

  111. Tanya Phillips says:

    I’m pretty simple with the decorations, but all out with the food πŸ™‚ thanks!

  112. Andrea M Johnson says:

    I try to go all out when I can and when I have the time. Christmas I always go all out and when I host my Easter Brunch I really go all out for the egg hunt gift bags food craft table cookie or cupcake decorations. Love to throw parties!!!

    Thanks,
    Andrea

  113. Chris says:

    Decorations. Name tags on all the food so people are not asking what it is. I have cute ceramic tiles and write on them. I even label the sweet tea!

  114. Britt J. says:

    I love to cook so the food is always pretty darn good. My planning/decorating skills have improved little by little…but I do LOVE a good theme! For a recent baby shower I got the Mom baby bath-time goodies, a bottle of champagne, and breast milk alcohol test strips. She had back-to-back pregnancies and her husband was deployed to Afghanistan for much of both so they are ready to celebrate–after baby, of course=”bubbly for Momma and bubbly for baby!!!” Congrats on your sweet baby girl!

  115. Jamie says:

    I love to go all out but need resources to find good ideas since I’m not all that creative on my own. I have a Cricut that I use to decorate and love to go off of themes.

  116. Stefanie says:

    I go all out for food and thanks to pinterest I see great ideas for decorations, but somehow they don’t make it to the party.

  117. Christie N says:

    I’d rank my self at 6.5! I’m pretty good at the food, but lack in the decorating department. This book could help me.

  118. MelanieL says:

    I like to find a perfect balance between simple and just enough decor to look cute! I’ve thinking a lot more lately about the presentation of things, it’s fun! This book looks amazing!!

  119. Sheila says:

    I go for it all…..planning a theme, decorating, baking. It’s tons of fun. Thanks for the chance to win!!

  120. Katie S. says:

    I always have grand ideas, but when it really comes down to it, I keep it simple.

  121. SaraM says:

    I’m a mix… I used to be all about the simplicity, but lately I’ve been going ALL OUT for parties, including using massive amounts of paper chains and balloons as decorations. I am embracing my crafty side and am very interested in this book!

  122. Jestine says:

    Don’t know if I can officially even say I’ve thrown a party on my own. The ones I HAVE been a part of, there was always someone else who loved to take care of all the deco-details. My idea of party decorations is “Hey look at this yummy food I made in this cool bowl I have, that I’ve used for every party!” Who buys table cloths anymore? Not that I haven’t admired them, but my thought is “Is paying this money really worth it? Or should I use the money for…shampoo!..or more food!” Husbands eat a lot…

  123. Meighan says:

    simple, but usually way to much food. not much decor.

  124. A dusting of powdered sugar…

  125. Becky dey says:

    I have 4 kids aged four and under. None have yet had anything more than simple cupcake/cake and ice cream parties. Every year I say “next year I’ll do it right” and each year I fail to execute. It won’t be long before they’re old enough to realize how much I suck.

  126. Dawn says:

    I would have to say I fall between the two…Have always had the food thing going, but have just started with more decorations. This book looks great!

  127. Kristi H says:

    I could definitely use help with decorating! I usually kind of go all-out on the food, but need help with the decor….

  128. sarah ramsey says:

    I love a party! I enjoy sending friends, family and guests home with parting gifts and deserts. Depending the on crowd, we could have wine/cheese to Bocce Ball, Frisbee & Croquet.

  129. Kate says:

    I like to think I’m a good party planner, but I get bogged down in the details, so in the end I end, I focus more on food, less on decorations.

  130. Karen says:

    My party planning skills are nil. I’m a decent cook, a more than decent baker, but I don’t take the time to pretty anything up. If my house is clean-ish, I have dishes that match somewhat, and the food turns out well, it’s a success in my book. I’d like to do better…

  131. Kerry Jo says:

    I pretty much buy napkins, birthday banner and tablecloth to match with the theme and cake. I have probably gone all out once for a cheerleading party for my daughter with favors and concession stand but otherwise it is simple , food sometimes is complicated- hot dog bar, taco bar etc.

  132. Dawn says:

    I’m an inbetween planner, guess it depends on how I am feeling. I like to try and impress but like to do it easily!

  133. Ericka S says:

    Thanks (in part) to your recipes Mel, my son’s superhero birthday party a few months ago was a huge hit and tons of fun to put together. My husband hates throwing parties so the few times I get to do it I try to go all in. You can see the details from me superhero party here: http://furloughedtime.blogspot.com/2012/04/superhero-party.html

    P.S., Mel the chocolate cake recipe was to DIE for!

  134. Meghan Schroeder says:

    I love to go all out! I figure if I’m doing it then there is no need to hold back!

  135. diana says:

    I like cute and simple and I’m always looking for new ideas!!

  136. Alicia says:

    I go all out for food – prepare way too much and pack most of it up for our guests to take home. Not much on decorating though. Just don’t know what to do or have the time to do it.

  137. Amanda says:

    I keep it pretty simple when it comes to party planning because I’m really cheap. I pick a theme choose my coordinting colors and do the best with what I have. The best part is making all the desserts, of course!

  138. Jackie says:

    I keep it simple when it comes to party planning, but, this may have more to do with my dismal abilities than actual party-look desires.

  139. Gail says:

    I love writing lists of ideas weeks in advance but when it comes to executing the plan I often fall way short! I end up throwing things together and stressing out needlessly. Oh well!

  140. Julie says:

    I really enjoy planning birthday parties for children, but when it comes to adult parties, I get too stressed out!!

  141. Corisa says:

    I do love to plan a party with a theme, but not obnoxiously. I’m usually a simple kind of gal!

  142. Anne says:

    I love how many people are in the “focus on the food and still behind schedule when guests show up” category. It makes me feel better about my own typical hostess self. Always falling short of what I intend/plan. Not that anyone who comes knows any better, but it still bothers me. My dream is to have our entire main floor as a cooking hangout, where whoever is home can pitch in and enjoy food prep together – that way the sous chef isn’t left out of the action. My other dream is to master beautiful presentation. Because doesn’t everything taste just a little better when it looks pretty? This book looks fantastic.

  143. Danielle says:

    I usually am simply ( but it never seems that way from my view) and I add one element of “all out” to surprise people ! πŸ™‚

  144. Susanne says:

    It depends on who is willing to help me. If I am on my own it is pretty simple, mostly fresh flowers, but if family will help we come up with some pretty fun ideas.

  145. Sue says:

    I am a great party planner but I tend to go over board! LOTS of food and LOTS of left-overs!! I love planning parties!

  146. Kim says:

    We always like to try one or two new dishes during a party or gathering. We usually go all out with food and drinks, decorating isn’t quite like Martha Stewart, but simple. We love hosting gatherings always fun to get friends together.

  147. Jenah Parris says:

    I love to plan parties! My girls always get fun themed and coordinated birthdays. I am always looking for inspiration! This book looks awesome! πŸ™‚

  148. Molly says:

    Um…I pretty much don’t plan parties…but that’s because I’m not so good at it!

  149. Beverly Dendle says:

    I go All out……not only at home, but also for all of our church parties and potlucks!!! My philosophy is: the more food and decorations, the more fun!!!!! πŸ™‚

  150. NancyAP says:

    I like the idea of planning parties, but the work to put into it…at this phase in my life, it just ain’t happening. I don’t get enough reward out of doing it I guess. Maybe I just need some inspiration!

  151. Jen says:

    I’m a “wanna be” party planner, I try and have high hopes but it never comes out quite as well put together as I hope.

  152. Candi says:

    I tend to get carried away and take on more than I can reasonably handle. I have managed to serve some great food before, but I am horrible at the decorating end of things. And I could definitely use some help in the planning department. I try, but it seems like I always forget an important detail…

  153. Shelley Bloemke says:

    I do try….need ideas!

  154. Susie says:

    I love to throw a party, but I stress out with wanting everything to be perfect. Decorations only happen on Thanksgiving and Christmas. What a great book to help out those of us who need help with our decorations!

  155. liz h says:

    I like to go big, but sometimes it just doesn’t happen. Parties are so fun, though, and I’d love to see her ideas!!

  156. keri says:

    Simple Simple Simple!

  157. Julie says:

    Here’s what I know about parties… no matter how much energy or effort I put into it — be it a little or a lot – I’m constantly reminded it was never about whether my plates match my napkins, if the frozen drinks have the perfect straws, or even if the extra bling I’ve hot-glued to every surface until my fingertips have melted off are even noticed. It’s about the people who are there and the sheer feeling of “togetherness” in the room. Everyone is so thrilled and happy to just be there.

    But the truth is, many of us are so manic 99.8% of the time, that we don’t know how to turn off that busy-bee effort… even for the fun stuff. I go for simple, and simple turns into “Well, simple plus this…ok, and maybe just this, too… oh!! and I couldn’t do without this…and how adorable would THAT be?!?!”

    Parties are about the people who are there, to be sure. But you know what? For the hostess, sometimes it’s also about that little extra something (or two or three…) that also adds a bit of “wow” into the fun.

    Even it means I’m minus a few fingertips.

  158. Krystal says:

    I love to entertain, and generally focus on the food. I getting better with the decorations, but you can’t eat those, so food still ends up being the highlight. Thanks for the giveaway!

  159. Jennifer R. says:

    Love having friends over, love entertaining. I have a great country setting for it but I struggle to get that nice finished look I see in the magazines. In a small town you are always going to potlucks, and fun gatherings. People and food just go together out here. I would love to get some great ideas on putting it all together for a nice presentation.

  160. Maria says:

    I go simple because I stress too much. My brain freezes and any cute and creative ideas become nonexistent.

  161. Aubrei says:

    I love to entertain. I usually keep it simple for little get togethers, but love to go all out for showers, birthdays, & holidays. I would love a copy of Amy’s book to tap into her creative & beautiful part planning skills! Thanks!

  162. Julie says:

    I’m probably somewhere in the middle, though I do like to go big on the food… I love good food!!

  163. Hillary says:

    I have a friend who helps me with the real party planning. I usually do the food and she does all the extra printables. We really just have a lot of fun watching all of our guests have fun.

  164. Bex says:

    Since I’ve become “old”, and feel old as well, parties are a thing of the past. Maybe with a little help from Amy I could rekindle that old party feeling but not sure. I sure would love to know how to make a high-domed cupcake, though. It’s the one thing I’ve never been able to accomplish.

  165. Sarah McEwen says:

    I make sure to have yummy food, but other than that, I’m simple (and cheap) to the core–get it from my mom! Thanks!

  166. Becky H says:

    I am a terrible party planner, but my sister is awesome. I always ask her for advice. I could use this book to plan a party and my sister would be left wondering how I did it.

  167. Sherri says:

    I’m pretty basic for birthday parties – and I don’t do any other kind πŸ™‚ I could really use this book!

  168. Christie says:

    I have parties for baptisms and birthdays, otherwise I have “get-togethers”, which, in my mind are more informal! My parties are themed, tying the invitation and cake together – usually both homemade by me, but I stink at decorating. We’ve been using the same “Happy Birthday” banner for five years…I need help!

  169. Mickie says:

    Simple Simple SIMPLE I don’t go too crazy in any way shape or form. My husband thinks I get to stressed if I go all out… but if I had a book that helped me with all of it… maybe I could go a little plum crazy once in a while!

  170. Anna says:

    My parties tend to involve a clean house and food on the table. Ideas would be fun!

  171. Sara says:

    I love to bake and when it comes to party planning I know what food I’m going to have but the rest of it stresses me out and I procrastinate to the last minute and then none of it turns out how I envision it. This book sounds fabulous!

  172. JaNae says:

    I’d say I fall somewhere in the middle. I like to host parties and enjoy the planning, but I could always use some tips with making things pretty. πŸ™‚ Thanks for a fun giveaway!

  173. Kirstin Gardner says:

    Love to have parties. I think I keep it pretty simple especially with decorations. I could use a lot of help there…

  174. Erin says:

    I go totally over the top with decorations, costumes, and games for the kids, but I’m lacking in the food dept. πŸ™‚

  175. Beth F says:

    I’m in the middle. I have dreams of going all out, but never have the time/ambition of quite getting there.

  176. Megan says:

    I love to plan parties and invite others over. I basically plan around the food, when good food is planned I know everything else will fall into place! Horray for food!

  177. Shawnne says:

    I only wish I had even some decorating skills! Im great at delegating all those things to other people!

  178. Lorri says:

    Try as. I may I have no skills in decorating !

  179. Brandie says:

    I secretly want to be an amazing party planner! But much like you I do pretty good on the cake and it quickly fizzles from there. Most often our parties end up being a cookout with a few simple, if any, decorations. Would love some ideas and insperation. Thanks!

  180. Charlotte Moore says:

    I love pretty tables and pretty food, but I am more in the simple category too. I know what looks good, but I am not good at knowing where to start. I am a good behind the scenes person for the cleaning etc.

    Thanks for the chance to win. I would love to have this book.

  181. Sallie Sullivan says:

    I go all out on the food but need major help in the decorating department!

  182. Loren C. says:

    I love to decorate and have a great looking food table. Could always use some new ideas!

  183. Bree H says:

    It sounds like I’m alot like you. I can bake and cook and even plan games for kids, but it’s hard for me to put it all together into an amazing party.

  184. Melanie S. says:

    Depends on the mood, I have gone all out (ONCE) but usually I’m a simple simple gal. It was for my little twin boys’ first birthday, unlike you I was not so lucky on my 4th try with getting a girl! πŸ˜‰

  185. GigiK says:

    I love to go all out, but usually run out of time before I get it all together…or I come up with fabulous ideas after the party’s over. But the food’s always good!

  186. Rick says:

    I absolutely love parties, but alas, I always seem to be the one that ends up helping with the preparations, not the one coming up with great ideas. I could really use some help. Any party really needs some attention to detail and the rewards of enjoyment, happiness, and maybe some accolades from the guests, makes it all worth while, especially when celebrating a special occasion; a holiday, a birthday, etc.

  187. Shelli says:

    I too am a mother to four boys and a baby girl (LOVE IT!!! : ) and I am not sure where to find the time to even THINK about yummy food and cute decor coming together at the same time in the same place. For now — simple, simple, simple is our speed. Maybe if someone else planned it and provided step by step instructions, our celebrations would move up a notch or two in the cute/fun department.

  188. Jodee says:

    I am all about the food! I love coming up with the food and goodie ideas but the rest leaves me a little overwhelmed.

  189. Amanda Thompson says:

    I usually make simple but yummy food and a show-stopping dessert and by the time I’m done with that, there is no time for decorations.

  190. Julie Ann says:

    I love to entertain with a lot of food and a neat and different theme. I love to use pretty dishes.

  191. Janarah says:

    I do pretty good on lots of great food, but display, decoration, all the cute stuff I really need some help. I would love the book!!! I can totally relate, I have 5 BOYS!!!

  192. Lauren says:

    I think I fall somewhere in the middle. I always bake a lot of desserts and I have grand ideas for decorating but I usually fall short on time. I would love this book, as I am planning my nephew’s Christening party. Thanks so much, and congratulations on your baby girl. ( I had three sons and then my daughter so I know exactly how it feels when you finally have your daughter:-)

  193. tiffany says:

    I go all out to an extent, but I am not good at decorating. I can make yummy recipes but the presentation sometimes leaves a lot to be desired!

  194. Sara F says:

    I fall into the “great intentions, but no time to execute” catagory. love having people over, but mainly focus on food and just a little decor. I’d love to ramp it up a bit!

  195. Sandy M says:

    I like my parties to be a casual affair and therefore the planning is very laid back.
    If I will be having more than the usual suspects over then I’ll put a bit more effort to allow for conversational pieces, but other than that… No fuss!

  196. Sondra says:

    I tend to go all out on the food when having a party mainly because I am not very artsy, so I don’t feel like I have the skills and know-how to put together beautiful decorations. Perhaps this book could help me fill the missing void!

  197. natalie says:

    I am in the middle with party planning. I do mostly my little boys birthday parties, but so desperately want to do a cool adult fall party on my carport and have grand ideas for the decorating and food! Some day…I will be brave enough to do so πŸ™‚ I usually stay simple with snack finger foods and go crazy on yummy treats and some super cute decorations that I assemble with my supplies from the dollar store and clearance aisle!

  198. Emily says:

    I am secretly envious of people who throw great parties! I tend to make way too much food (not necessarily a bad thing), and then I agonize over invitations, decorations, activities, etc. I would love a little inspiration for party throwing, especially going into the summertime. Thanks for your awesome page!

  199. Stephanie says:

    I am not a good party planner, especially in the decorations arena. My one year old’s birthday party decorations consisted of a homemade birthday sign and three balloons. Good thing she won’t remember my lack of effort…

  200. Kristen says:

    My party food is always good, but as far as presentation and decoration, I tend to think too big and end up without enough time to get everything–or anything– looking the way I planned it in my head. My kitchen is small, and everyone always ends up in there with me as I do last minute things, which makes me feel disorganized and rushed. I’m ready to step it up a notch or two!

  201. Cheryl Michaelson says:

    I am a simple party planner. I usually plan my kids birthday parties and my preschool graduation parties. I am very organized so that helps with the stress. I love looking at Pinterest to get all the food craft ideas and I do try a few. It is fun to be creative and being able to keep it simple.

  202. whitney says:

    I so wish I could be all cute with party planning but wasn’t given that gift. Hopefully this book will help me out!

  203. Kathy says:

    I usually go the simple route. I usually am good with getting the food and dessert together but I am not good with the decorations.

  204. Jolene Beard says:

    I like to have a party that is super planned as to the games and food but as for decorations, I am terrible. I figure most of the kids don’t bother to notice anyway.

  205. katiebee says:

    i love to plan parties and i just picked up sweet designs at the library~ would love to have a copy of my own~ i would share it with my daughter who also loves to plan parties~

  206. Nicole says:

    Love the food preparation, but am lacking on the presentation.

  207. Kim says:

    Sometimes I do better than others…if I am inspired! I always try to do best with the food though, then at least I will have that going for me!

  208. I spend days planning and preparing whatever food i can make ahead, but then i spend too much on the food and end up having nothing left to spend on decorations. I’m thinking I ought to change this since decorations are reusable and food is not!

  209. Shannon says:

    I do not really have parties anymore. But I am pretty simple. A creative wannabe…

  210. MichelleH says:

    I’m in the middle. I always go all out on food, but not always on the decorations. Some parties ‘deserve’ a full on treatment, others do not. haha

  211. Amanda says:

    I keep it simple, but always end up with way too much food! Just bought a house we have room to entertain in, bring on the ideas!

  212. Kathy says:

    I absolutely love colorful presentations – tablescape (simple but eye-popping) and great food. I am an “in-between” party planner and do best if I can execute an idea I have seen. I’m not too original and my problem is stressing out about it, so this book looks like something I would love to own!

  213. Megan says:

    Like others, I can make awesome food…but I’m bad with decorations. I need this!

  214. Melissa g says:

    I like to go all out with food and decorations. For my sons first birthday I made a happy birthday banner and decorated the house for the jungle theme. So much fun!

  215. Stephanie says:

    As much as I say I like to keep it simple, that’s just a front. My nature is to go “all out,” I’m just not creative or skilled enough to do it!

  216. Lisa Hansen says:

    I go all out on the cake but the buck stops there. I too envy those adorable parties and wonder how they get it all done. Maybe someday I’ll be an adorable party thrower! I do throw a fun halloween party though πŸ™‚

  217. Kimberly says:

    I love to plan the food, but am not huge on decorations. Only on major holidays do I really like to decorate – that and birthdays of course. πŸ™‚

  218. Diane says:

    I go over board on the food and desserts but not much on decor other other then balloons maybe at a Birthday party bash!
    I’m always more worried about making sure everything is clean and Tidy and the food is made then I seem to run out of time and energy for much more!
    Would love to win this book for some tips on making it all come together !

  219. Lori says:

    I guess I am kind of both. I go all out with lots of food, but don’t decorate much. I like to experiment with new recipies. But it is simply planned.

  220. Lana says:

    Okay, I think I go all out with food. I love doing everything homemade and making my favorite delicious things (which usually consist of 90% Mel’s Recipes….). πŸ™‚ BUT I usually don’t leave myself enough time to focus on the decor or even wiping the sweat from my brow. I need balance. I need this book.

  221. Amanda A says:

    I have aspirations of being a great party planner, I actually have one coming up I need to get busy on! This book could rock my summer:)

  222. Carrie B says:

    I would like to go all out, however, often find I don’t have the time with two little ones. I am making a homemade pinata for my son’t 4th birthday party next week…that will likely be the extent of the decorations!!!

  223. Shannon says:

    Love to plan a party! Just gave a garden party for my mom! She has passed on her love for people, entertaining , and being creative.

  224. Teresa says:

    I used to just go all-out with food and nothing with decoration. But since I’ve been on Pinterest and addicted to blogs, I’ve learned lots of ways to decorate on the cheap.

  225. Karen C. says:

    I love doing impromtu get-togethers with everyone bringing something. It’s always fun to see what kinds of foods we will be having for dinner that night. Sometimes we are dessert heavy and other times it’s a good mixture of all courses. As far as decorating, I don’t! If the house is presentable, the tablecloth is clean and there is a good supply of sturdy paper plates and napkins, who needs more? Maybe Amy’s book can help me bring parties to the next level. This old dog is ready to learn a few new tricks!

  226. Rebekah says:

    I get great visions in my head and plan the food and decorations, but it never turns out the way I hoped and planned. The food just doesn’t look the way I hoped and the decorations are never to be found with the theme that I planned for, so then I have to make my own (which don’t always look the greatest). I so need this book to help me! Please keep me in mind.

  227. Tara says:

    I’m definitely simple, simple, simple when it comes to party planning. I’m kinda like you with the cupcakes and cardboard, cardboard being optional. I should definitely plan better, but you know what they say about the best laid plans.

  228. Suzanne says:

    I keep it really simple (decorations, not the food).

  229. Donna says:

    I would love this book for a good friend of mine. She goes all out and is in the beginning stages of planning a baby shower for her pregnant daughter. She’s going to be a grandma…CRAZY!! She’d be so excited to have a book like this.

  230. heather bell says:

    I have four kids so I am simple.=) But I do love some cute ideas! bellesbazaar-heather.blogspot.com

  231. Sara says:

    I really love planning and preparing the food but I’m not so good at the extra stuff. Maybe this book would help me out.

  232. Brandy says:

    I only do birthday parties for my girls and I am not a great planner. I do good to get the cake decorated before midnight the night before the party! This year for my daughters third birthday I made a teapot cake with teacups. That is the most extravagant I have ever gotten with a party. She loved it, so that is all that matters πŸ™‚

  233. LeAnne says:

    I always have grand ideas but end up keeping it simple, mostly because I run out of time!

  234. Krinn says:

    I rock the food (most important part of the party, right?) but that is all I can do. My skills at making things look cute are horrible. This was always OK when we lived in the tiniest of houses and rarely had many people over but now we have a house where I can entertain and REALLY need some help.

  235. Phyllis A says:

    I wouldn’t know where to begin to plan a party.

  236. Rachel says:

    We started throwing an annual “Curry Fest” every year! Everyone can just bring curry and we have pita bread, and everyone is happy! Super easy, super fun. But I definitely am not a decorator! Love your give away that YOU sponsored! you rock!

  237. Cindy B. says:

    I love to go all out with the food and decor, balloons, banters, flowers, glitter, party themes. But I do try to keep it all on a budget, so I do most decorations and food myself.

  238. Stacey says:

    I love to throw parties! But I’m very simple. Would love to learn some things though!!!

  239. Wendy says:

    Simple, with a few special touches. Nothing over the top, that’s forsure. πŸ™‚

  240. Katie says:

    I love entertaining, and this book would be perfect for giving me some new inspiration!

  241. Dominoe says:

    I’m a pretty simple party planner. We don’t have a lot of money for all the cute dishes and decorations (although, I love that stuff!) and I’m stressed enough with keeping a clean house with three kids and bringing the food together that the decor is the first thing to go. I would love some easy tips and this book sounds great!

  242. Emily says:

    I try to avoid being in charge of parties at all cost! Since there are always a few that seem unavoidable (kids birthdays and such), I really need help!

  243. Kris says:

    I am a reluctant party planner. However, when I do plan a party I always feel like I have to get my Martha on and do it up good.

  244. Michelle B says:

    I love big party where they’ve gone all out, but I’m just too tired and cheap to spend time and money throwing a huge deal. Mine are always simple with plenty of good food, but minimal decorations. That’s how I roll.

  245. Annie B says:

    I love to make lots of good food, but my presentation is a bit pathetic!

  246. Jennie says:

    I do it all myself. I have several well received recipes and some nice dishes, but I am not good at the extra touch that makes things look put together! And, I can’t say that the effect is as sophisticated as I might like!

  247. Sarah says:

    I am so not a party planner but I would love to be! The book sounds like its just what I need.

  248. Jennifer says:

    I imagine myself to be a great party planner. In reality, not so great! I need help! I love to get together with family. With about 50 in my immediate family and the same in my husbands a get together is no small event. I have a get together planned for my 19 year old son in a few months and both sides of the family will be attending. Help!

  249. Kristen says:

    I’m terrible at party planning!!!

  250. Stephanie says:

    I like to make lists upon lists upon lists…but actual party day I like to just go with the flow. I feel so much better having many details planned out and anything done ahead of time, but the actual party I like to stay laid back. Alos, my number one part tip: music! You have to have good music.

  251. Ariane says:

    I love to bake the food but after getting the house and kitchen cleaned up, I don’t have the energy to get creative with the decorations. Creativity isn’t my strong suit. I need the help!

  252. Andrea says:

    I’m kind of in the middle…I go all out sometimes and other times it’s pretty low key. I’d LOVE to be able to plan awesome parties EVERYTIME though… pick me!!!

  253. Stephanie says:

    I love to host parties and never met a theme I didn’t like! My new “thing” is to move my dining room table in front of this one wall that I decorate accordingly: I stuck candy canes to it at Christmas and felt shamrocks to it for our St. Patrick’s Day party. I don’t just want this book, I NEED it.

  254. Virginia Hoffman says:

    I am a go all out girl! If you are going to do something, do it with flare. With an 11 year old and a 6 year old I have planned 17 completely different, but with mad style birthday parties complete with costumes, hanging decorations, and handmade invitations. I enjoy throwing baby showers and bridal showers. Here about the new book you have used as a muse makes me interested in getting some fresh new ideas for my next gathering.

    Thanks for this site! The Chicken Pillows and Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole are two of our favorites!

  255. Christine says:

    Usually I stress, sweat and freak out whenever I entertain …. hence it does not happen that often. I love GOING to parties mind you, but would love to learn more to reduce the stress factor for sure!

  256. Natalie Wilkins says:

    Really, we’re lucky to have a party, let alone a decorated one. I, however, am trying to put that former self behind me and become the super mom/party planning committee chair that I know lurks somewhere keep within me πŸ™‚

  257. Claudia says:

    I can handle the food for a party but that’s as far as I go! Sounds like a great book!

  258. Tayla Eidam says:

    What a fun giveaway! I love hosting and planning parties, but don’t have tons of experience yet. I would love to do more. Entertaining is so much fun and I would love this book!

  259. Lindsay says:

    I am usually all in with the food but not with the decorations. Pinterest has helped that recently and so my daughter’s 1st birthday was complete with some simple, cute decorations, too!

  260. The Farm Girl says:

    I am a simple, simple, simple party planner!! I love throwing a party but hate it to be over the top!

  261. sabrina says:

    i love the idea of planning for parties, but always fall short!

  262. Kerry says:

    I love to think about party ideas! But what usually happens, is I plan tons of details and have all sorts of ideas, but when it comes down to it, I eliminate a lot and try to keep it simple. This would be such a fun book!

  263. Very, very simple. It’s all about the friends and food. I don’t want to waste time on meaningless stuff.

  264. Chelsie Jurich says:

    I am a terrible party planner! I can plan food ok, but as far as making things cute and pretty I’m terrible.

  265. Lori H says:

    I tend to go all out with the food, but then fall way short on the presentation. Hmmm, maybe if I made 1 less dish, I would have time to devote to the decorations & presentation. Love your blog and the yummy goodness you share with us!

  266. Mary says:

    I keep it simple.

  267. Carol says:

    I usually go over the top with the food, and I pay attention to presentation and visual appeal, but hot-gluing flags onto straws….not so much. I could REALLY use this book. It is already on my wish list. Thanks so much for the review and the giveaway!

  268. Elizabeth says:

    I’m a simple king of gal. Love good food though!!

  269. Amy Cocanour says:

    I love to plan parties, but I always feel like I fall short on the decorating end. I hope I win!!
    Amy

  270. Melissa says:

    I don’t even attempt to make cupcakes or a cake…. I just opt for root beer floats! It’s enough for me to just try to have all the food ready and house clean. Forget about decorations!

  271. Melissa G says:

    Love entertaining, but we keep it as SIMPLE as possible. And I mean simple down to a red solo cup for almost all beverages – kid & adult.

  272. deb in sc says:

    I am a TERRIBLE party planner. I LOVE to have people over, and people tell me my food tastes terrific….but my presentation is horrible. I would love to get better!

  273. Melanie S. says:

    Okay, I can churn out excellent food for a party, but decorations? invitations? entertainment? I am lost! Having three teenagers, I have made it a goal to improve (majorly!) my party skills!

  274. Laura Smith says:

    I can plan a menu. I’ll even put out plates and sometimes forks. That’s about it. Thanks!

  275. Beth says:

    I love entertaining! I always go all out on the food & really want to do the same with decorations, but don’t always have the time or know exactly how to do it in a cost-effective way!

  276. Krystal says:

    My husband is the party initiator…and I help by making the food. If we get the house cleaned up in time, that’s usually enough decorating for us! πŸ™‚ But I have dreams of making things even more spectacular!

  277. Natalie says:

    I am not a party planner, my husband is better than I am. I can make food but is never any sort of cute arrangement or decorations along with it. I would prefer it to look like I didn’t try than I did and look terrible. I don’t like terrible. πŸ™‚

  278. ashley says:

    I am like you Mel, except without even the skill to make and decorate a mean cupcake. I like to try though!

  279. V H says:

    I love going all out for a great party!

  280. Melinda says:

    I love to set up a “table scape” on our kitchen island and across a counter. In the spring, I cover a side counter and the island counter with red gingham tablecloths and then set up a miniature, snap-together white picket fence for a backdrop. Along the fence, I string sometimes faux and sometimes real ivy and sunflowers. In front of that, I add dishes and plates nestled into rustic looking wood or metal plant holders. I strew around the scene seed packets and gardening implements. I even have a mini wheelbarrow that I line and use for utensils or carrots and celery. Fun stuff! Would love this book for more ideas. πŸ™‚

  281. Brooke says:

    I am a simple kind of a girl. If there are any decorations at all, they are minimal and only include matching plates/napkins and maybe some sort of centerpiece that is something that I happen to have that somehow slightly fits the “theme.” My focus is always on the food!

  282. Dede says:

    Simple!! love doing the food but the rest doesn’t get done!! I love having time to just visit with people.

  283. I love to cook for my family. Simple but delicious recipes are my favorite! I absolutely love to prepare things to share with other people and I always volunteer to bring the dessert and the salad! I would love to have this book for helpful tips and new and exciting recipes! Thank you for spreading the word! πŸ™‚

  284. Heidi Cole says:

    I’m definitely a simple thrifty party planner. I always seem to be doing it on a budget so any help I can get would be a great benefit.

  285. Stephanie W says:

    I confess, I have NO party planning skills. So far the “craziest” thing I’ve done for my boys is decorate their cake with their favorite character. I try to make up for it with great food, but that only gets you so far πŸ™‚ Help!

  286. Heather says:

    I try to make sure everything looks nice, but it’s in no way coordinated or decorated. I tend to focus completely on the food, making sure each dish compliments the whole, that I tend to feel cheap about decorating! (In other news: she DOES have great hair!)

  287. Becca says:

    I am REALLY good with the food, but that’s about it. I’ll put the food on nice platters and that’s about the extent of my decorating. I just threw my husband a mean barbecue birthday party and the menu was killer! But we ate it on a bare table…with mismatched paper plates and plastic cups…

  288. John says:

    Simple is definitely the way I go. Life is more fun that way!

  289. Tracey T. says:

    Party planning involves cleaning the house and making food. I love to go to parties where people are creative and go all out. My creativity does not go very far I suppose!

  290. Claudia says:

    I like to keep it simple and I insist on food design mostly when planning a party. Balloons, postcards, etc are not my style, (yet!).

  291. Cassie says:

    I try but I know that I am not very good at the whole party planning thing!!

  292. Elizabeth Stevens says:

    I am all about simple but would like to go big if I only knew how!

  293. Stacie D. says:

    My mom is such a great party planner, and I am still waiting for those genes to pass to me. My biggest concern is that the food is good, so unfortunately the decorations, and well, everything else, fall by the wayside. I would LOVE this book!

  294. Hailey says:

    I like to go all out with the food but I never do much with decorating…but that doesn’t mean I wouldn’t love to decorate I just don’t know where to start!

  295. Anne says:

    I can definitely hold my own in the cooking department (love it!) but am not creative at all. I really need help in the decoration department (and those cute little touches).

  296. Lisa D says:

    I could use some serious help in the decorating department. I try to keep it simple for the kids, but I would love some more ideas. Great giveaway! Thanks!

  297. Julia says:

    I LOVE to go all out when I have the energy, but have learned to keep it simple sometimes to be able to enjoy it a little more

  298. Kimberley Stubbe says:

    I go all out for food, but not so much for decorations. I want to get better on the decorations

  299. Sharla says:

    I usually try to stay simple, but for my daughter’s 16th birthday, I went all out! I could definitely have used this book and would love to win it! πŸ˜‰

  300. Jodi says:

    I am all about the food. I wish I was better at the decorating part, but as long as the food is good, that’s all that matters.

  301. Jonesy says:

    Depends on how much is on my plate at any particular time….My January baby unfortunately gets simple, simple, simple every year, while my June baby gets a little more over the top. Hopefully one day my January girl will forgive me!

  302. Liz K. says:

    I wish I was a better party planner. I have visions of throwing awesome parties but I can never seem to make sure I get all of the details quite right. It looks like this book could help my less then stellar party planning skills.

  303. Janet G. says:

    Simple food and a lot of it! Which is why I subscribe to blogs like this! I also recruit my daughter who loves to party plan for help with decorations!!

  304. Tracy says:

    In my head I am an awesome planner…lots of creative ideas!
    In reality, I fall somewhat (alot) short.
    I love parties though so I will keep trying.

  305. I keep it fairly simple but i AM organized and I love a good theme πŸ™‚

  306. Teresa says:

    I focus on the food. I cater on the side and folks love my food, but I tell them from the onset, I am not an event or party planner. I can create a menu, stay on a budget, and do lovely food presentations but have never gotten into the decorating aspect of it. At home I love doing parties outside, between volleyball and swimming I dont think people notice the lack of creativity in my table settings.I think I still have one of those mini wood picnic tables that hold the plastic ketchup and mustard bottles πŸ™‚

  307. Collett says:

    I do event marketing, so am looking for cute ideas wherever I go!

  308. Debbie thomas says:

    I like to add special touches, use cake plates, cute cupcake stands to set food out, it only takes a lil planning to make it look special. πŸ™‚

  309. Emily H. says:

    I always have lots of good food and I at least try to color coordinate my paper plates and plastic utensils, but that’s as far as I go when it comes to decorating. I definitely need some ideas!

  310. Tanya says:

    I am a horrible party planner but the food never disappoints!

  311. Margie says:

    I am focused on the planning/preparation of the food – about as fancy as I get with ‘decorations’ is flowers.

  312. P 32 says:

    Depends on the party. I can go big for a special event/person. But, in general, I like it to look nice, but I am not going to break out the glue gun!

  313. Megan Brown says:

    I dream big when it comes to party planning, but can’t seem to be able to translate those dreams to reality. This book looks awesome to help me with that!

  314. Jaci says:

    I am simple and need help in this department!!! This would be a great book to enhance party skills. Thank you!

  315. Merrick says:

    Wow, this book looks amazing! Such a generous giveaway! I don’t go all out for parties, but I do try to stick to a color scheme, make a few cute paper bunting flags, and often try a fun something from pinterest. But it all stays pretty simple overall πŸ™‚

  316. For the kids I like to go all out with decor, but with the adults I like to concentrate on super yummy recipes and try new thing.

  317. Jenny says:

    I’m a closet wannabee party planner. Sadly, I’m terrible at planning and am just now realizing I haven’t planned my daughter’s 5th birthday party which is next Saturday and am feeling serious anxiety that none of her little friends will come because I haven’t sent invitations out yet! I need help!!!

  318. Kristine says:

    I am the worst party planner ever. I get so excited about the food that I put all of my energy into that and fail to decorate and plan entertainment.

  319. AnnetteBrunette says:

    Mel, I wish I could throw big extravagant parties, but I tend to spend too much time pondering and procrastinating and end up with something simple.

  320. Ali says:

    I always have big ideas, but can never learn how to make it happen. I would love to learn how to go from the idea to pulling it off!

  321. Amber says:

    It seems like everytime I turn around we are entertaining at my house (What can I say, the hubby is a bit of a social butterfly!)! I enjoy making yummy food for all of them (most of the recipes are yours! :)) but I totally lack in the decoration department!! I would LOVE to have this book. I would certainly put it to good use! Thanks for all that you do Mel!!

  322. Kellie says:

    I am right on the border of all out. If it is a kids party I get pretty darn close. I love to make buntings and have matching everything. I make the big puffs of tissue paper to hang all around the ceiling, personalized gift bags,etc. But I have yet to get to the flags around straws.

  323. Stephanie says:

    I keep things simple; I would love to throw a fabulous party, but it’s so much work just to do the basic one. Plus I really don’t consider myself too creative anymore, I think my creativity left me when I had kids. πŸ™‚

  324. Brooke says:

    I am pretty simple, the cake or cupcakes are the shining star. They are always just what my kids request, I’ve done butterfly’s, trains, castles, legos, camouflage and rainbows, they always look and taste great but beyond that…. not my thing. Thanks for your generosity, I would love the help this book can give.

  325. Nancy says:

    I am super simple. Would LOVE this book to help me improve.

  326. Amy says:

    I love a party! Mostly I focus on the food and figure people will look past the rest!!

  327. Kristan says:

    Sometimes I wish I could do simple but I’m an all out kind of girl! I love having parties!!! Thanks for this giveaway!

  328. MrsS says:

    Hysterical! I had the same thought about her hair, not to mention her party planning ability. I am a shoot from the hip kind of gal. As long as the house is clean and there is food on the table it was a successful bash.

  329. Shantel Schow says:

    I’m very simple, and would love some guidance!

  330. Kristin says:

    I really try, but I’m usually lacking in the decorations. However, as long as the food tastes good, I’m happy!

  331. Amy says:

    I am a great party planner in the food department. I always make WAY too much food!! As far as decorations go, I am horrible!!!! I spend so much time planning the food that I don’t have time to plan the decorations. I usually hope that the food is awesome so no one will notice that there are no decorations to speak of!!!!!

  332. Julia says:

    I’m a sorta “middle of the road” party planner. It all depends on how busy I am. I’m pretty good with the food, but I lack a lot in the decorations department. This book looks awesome.

  333. Jan says:

    I enjoy planning a party, but I don’t follow through very often. I get every little detail (invitations, food, decorations, sometimes a theme) worked out in my mind or even on paper, but then I never go through with it. Would love to live somewhere that I could throw parties like once a month! (I live in the boonies)

  334. Michelle H. says:

    I genearlly start off with a simple plan but…. then I add this…. and think that would be fun…. and find the perfect something…. and the snowball just keeps rolling on and on.

  335. Kim says:

    I’m worse than simple, simple, simple – I just don’t even have parties. Maybe it’s my introvert nature. But I think my SIL would love this book – it’s right up her alley, so if I won, I’d give it to her. πŸ™‚

  336. Alisha says:

    Totally not a party planner…if there’s food and the house is cleaned…I’m good. But I envy all those that can pull it all off!

  337. Anita says:

    I’m in the middle. I don’t use paper products, only dishes and glasses. I put a lot of effort in the food, but not the decorations.

  338. Laura D says:

    I LOVE super coordinated parties, but tend to keep my own simple for lack of ideas and time. This book sounds awesome!
    The Barefoot Contessa has a rule of only making 2 things herself when she throws a dinner party…the rest are either super simple (cheese and bread) or something special that she purchased. I try to do this for parties – I usually have family offering to bring something so I take them up on it, then I order the cupcakes or sandwiches, and make some great dips or sides.

  339. Lynn says:

    I try to do it ALL and only accomplish half with lots of help from my crafty, party planning daughter! She does all the planning and I do all the polishing! Somehow we get it done together.

  340. Kitty says:

    I am a great cook but not so much of a party planner.

  341. Marcia says:

    My decorations are “middle of the road”, I decorate but don’t stress over it. I stress and go all out with the food and the baking!

  342. Ruth says:

    My decorating skills definitely are lacking probably mostly because I think about the food too much. I would totally love this book!

  343. Mel says:

    I’m somewhere in the middle…the invitations are always super cute!

  344. Jane Aubrey says:

    Well Mel, I love to cook and I know I can’t do everything, but slowly, by watching what others do, I am getting the hang of making it all look pretty on the table. I try to keep it simple as I am not too creative, but fresh flowers and some candles do wonders.
    Would love to win the book, and maybe the next party will be amazing and have my family wondering what on earth is going on!!

  345. Sandra says:

    My three party planning rules: 1. Go gonzo with the food 2. Make sure the house is spotless (I can obsess) 3. Make sure everyone is having a good time. The decorating part escapes me most of the time and I could really use some help in that area, so I would love to win this book. Thanks Mel!

  346. Dawnn says:

    Need some ideas!

  347. I’m all about simple, but I’ve always thought it would be fun to go all out.

  348. Olivia says:

    I definitely go all out – even if it’s just for one person! I love to do it, but always end up totally drained by the time the party rolls around!

  349. D says:

    I’m intimidated by decorating.

  350. Steph says:

    I too am a terrible party planner. I don’t know that a book would change that, but I’d sure enjoy trying!

  351. Lisa M. says:

    Very simple. Plan and prep as much ahead so I can enjoy myself

  352. Anne says:

    Simple all the way. I usually order subs and open a bag of chips. I desperatley need help!

  353. Eileen says:

    I always have the grandest intentions when I start planning something. Everything has a theme and is wonderfully coordinated. As the event gets closer, my intentions slowly start falling through the cracks. I usually end up with wonderful decorations sitting in the closet, while we eat fabulous, if simple, food. Everyone is usually happy as can be with the food and probably none the wiser on the lack of decorations, but I always feel somewhat disappointed.

  354. Cammee says:

    I go in spurts. I will go all out for one party, but I’m too burned out to do it for the next. Just ask my son whose birthday is in July, just after my daughter’s June birthday. Poor kid usually gets the shaft. I need better plans!

  355. Michelle says:

    I hardly spend any attention on decorations, etc., because I spend all my attention on food! πŸ™‚

  356. Jordyn says:

    I can make good food, but I’m not much of a decorator.

  357. Valerie says:

    I usually keep everything simple but go way over board in terms of amount! I like everything to be fresh so I never start more than a day in advance and always make waaaay too much! Still so much I need to learn!

  358. Kristin says:

    I would love to be able to be one of those awesome coordinators, but I just don’t have the confidence so for now I am just sticking with the simple stuff πŸ™‚

  359. Megan says:

    I might be the worst party planner that ever existed. I try, I really do, but nothing ever quite turns out the way my imagination tells me it’s going to.

    BTW, I just want you to know that your site is my go-to when I’m looking for a good recipe I know I can count on to be delicious and easy. I’ve tried far too many to list here and have loved every single one!! So, thank you!!!

  360. Jennifer says:

    In my former life (before children) I used to be a party planner. I would love, love, love to get my hands on this book!

  361. Megan H. says:

    Im the kind of party planner that plans a party with great intentions and huge vision. Tissue paper hanging balls, a beautiful table scape and REAL tablecloths πŸ™‚ But I always end up getting frazzled and am more of a “fake it ’til you make it” kind of a party planner.

  362. Lauren says:

    I don’t really go all out when planning a party but I can’t really say I keep it simple either. I like doing it, so maybe I do go overboard once in a while. πŸ™‚

  363. Dorie says:

    I love entertaining family and friends! I do a good job on the food but not so good on the presentation. I need help! I would love this book.

  364. Annette says:

    I like keeping it simple, but nice for the guests. I’ve got the food things down but my decorating ideas could use some help. πŸ˜‰

  365. kim says:

    i go all out for food, but not so much with decorating. Sounds like a book i need

  366. Shannon Allen says:

    To me parties are all about the food!

  367. Nic says:

    I’m a terrible party planner! Soooooo maybe this book could help even lil’ ol’ me??

  368. Sheri Nelson says:

    simple simple simple….what more can I say?

  369. Meredith Ellison says:

    I was not blessed with a creative gene. Anytime I offer to host anything, I call on all my pinterest loving friends to help me pull together what would otherwise be an impossibility for me! I can use all the help I can get, and I’m not ashamed to admit it! πŸ˜‰

  370. Morgan W. says:

    This is so funny! I haven’t seen this on a lot of blogs, but I saw it on Amazon when I was browsing and totally pinned it to my wish list!! I really hope I win, this book looks amazing!

    As far as what kind of party planner? I am not much of an overachieving party planner, but somehow my parties turn out pretty great! My guess is because of the company, not because I did much!:) I need so much more help.

  371. Jessica says:

    I am terrible with party planning. My food tastes good but presentation is terrible and as for decorations….non existent

  372. Mimi says:

    I consider myself an all out party planner. Even as a youngin, assisting my mother in setting up the dinner table for guests led to me researching ways I could fold a napkin to make it look all pretty πŸ™‚ I like the elegant look

  373. Rebecca says:

    I can do food, or decorating, but when I try to do both my head explodes…

  374. Karen says:

    I just recently discovered your blog and I just wanted to let you know how much I appreciate the fact that all of your posts are not sponsored by big companies trying to sell their products. I love your recipes and the authentic feel that it has. Thank you so much. My party planning style usually involves a pizza delivery man (but maybe this book could change that)

  375. Tammy says:

    No one will go hungry at my parties, but decorations…yes, I need some help!

  376. Kate says:

    I LOVE hosting parties! The last one I threw was a “Beer & Cupcake Happy Hour,” complete with a make-your-own mini-cupcake bar. It was a blast!

  377. Aimee says:

    We just tend to be the party planners that assume the more food and family that show up, the better the party! Thanks again Mel for making my eating world amazing!

  378. Alicia B says:

    I’m somewhere in the middle- I go all out for food, but decor doesn’t go beyond some crepe paper and maybe some balloons.

  379. Abby Peterson says:

    Clean house, food that is delish, hot, and ready to serve all at the same time-that is my goals-if-IF I remember to think about decor before the special occasion it might get done but otherwise our guests get candles and maybe a cute tablecloth. We love to host so I would love to step up the ambience factor. I will say my kids’ first birthdays got the works but other than that I could use some major help-step by step help:)

  380. Gwen Heath says:

    I am a huge food-y, so I love that part of the planning, but my decor ideas could sure use some help! I usually plan big ahead of time, and then when it gets closer (and reality sets in), I simplify. I am actually helping coordinate a big 50th Anniversary dinner for my in-laws next month (and 90% of the recipes are coming from your site…THANK YOU!), so I could use some fun decorating ideas! Thanks for the fun giveaway and all the amazing recipes. Ever since I found your site, I have been making your recipes like crazy, so every time we have a new dish we love, the first thing my daughter says is, “let me guess…mel’s kitchen, right?” You crack me up and remind me so much of myself! Thanks for taking time out of your busy schedule to make the rest of our lives a little easier…and yummier!

  381. Jenna B says:

    I always opt for simple. For me, it’s more about engaging the guests than having cutesy decor. But maybe I could step it up a bit . . .

  382. Darci says:

    I go all out where it counts:FOOD. I will cook and bake the day away, then suddenly remember I need decorations! My family has always been about the balloons, and I’ve pretty much stuck with that. I’d love to be able to whip together some stellar decorations with the same ease as a Lightning Mcqueen cake (which I did for my son’s 3rd birthday).

  383. Amanda_in_AB says:

    I try so hard every year for my daughter’s birthday. I try and make the decorations and make sure all the giveaways are meaningful. I’m not naturally crafty, so the whole thing causes me months of stress and pre-party panic attachs. I need to find a better way.

  384. Stephanie A. says:

    I read cookbooks and entertainment books like novels. hehehehe. Thanks for the opportunity.

  385. Laura says:

    Simple – I just like the food to take up most of the attention!

  386. Sarah says:

    I am somewhere in between, I go all out with creative foods, but limited on decorations. Thanks so much for the giveaway!

  387. I used to love to go “all out” with parties, but since my little guy has joined the family, I have found that I’ve had to simplify everything. I do miss throwing killer parties on occasion…

  388. Debbie J says:

    Decorations never seem to make it past the idea stage….I cross my fingers that the food is good enough to make up for the lack of creativity πŸ™‚

  389. Colleen says:

    I love throwing parties, but I always ending up thinking too big for the time available and having to stay up all night to get stuff done. The food is always excellent and prettily displayed, but my home and yard are never quite up to snuff and I wish I could pull off themes better.

  390. Monica says:

    I’m generally on the simple-yet-pretty party planning committee. I use all white serving dishes and have fresh flowers and a clean house. I love the idea of all the pretty decorations & favors & stuff but I also treasure my sanity and I know my limits.

  391. Betty says:

    I like to keep it simple so I can enjoy the friendships!

  392. Kelly Edwards says:

    I usually go overboard with the food and end up with a ton left over. But to me the food is the best part.

  393. Simple and homemade, but I try to keep it cute. One or two well-thought-out ideas can really snazz up a party. And the food HAS to be good.

  394. Emilee Bailey says:

    I try to get all fancy and creative but it usually doesn’t come off right. But….you put me in charge of the cake and I won’t disappoint.

  395. Marissa says:

    I keep it simple, clean and organized! I would love some new ideas, as I tend to stick to the same set-up

  396. Sandra says:

    I always have really high ambitions and plans and it never quite seems to work out the way I wanted it.
    Also I seem to overestimate numbers for every single occasion, and end up eating food I made for days afterwards.

  397. I have great hopes to be a go big or go home party planner, but it’s usually just for the first birthday. Where is the time for thinking through all the details? Guess that’s why I need THIS book!!!

  398. Cara says:

    i would LOVE to be an awesome party planner, but i’m just not creative enough to come up with it on my own! i’m good with the food aspect, but making it cute and making everything come together? definitely not my strong point!

  399. Crystal says:

    Party Planner…me? I wish! I yearn for the ability to pull it all together but don’t have the skill to really make it happen. The food is always awesome but making the party look like a party? Doesn’t happen. I would really, really, really like it to happen.

  400. Gloria Tucker says:

    I am usually good at food but minimal at the decorating part. I would love to have a copy of this book also.

  401. Katie says:

    I would like to go all out, but I usually don’t have time. πŸ™‚

  402. mlb says:

    I’m a middle of the road planner. Sometimes I go all out and other times it is as simple as can be. We often throw spur of the moment parties, too. Would LOVE to have Amy’s book!

  403. Kaysie Ward says:

    I like doing party’s but am not the greatest at getting them to coordinate! I would love this book. Both of my kids have birthdays coming up it would be great for ideas! Thanks Mel this is awesome!

  404. Jean says:

    I like to keep it simple in that I like to have everything done ahead of time. I
    like to have it look effortless, and I enjoy socializing at my own parties.

  405. Kristi Exon says:

    Love to cook party appetizers, desserts, but I am not good at planning themed parties.

  406. Michelle Rocha says:

    I am afraid of hosting to tell you the truth b/c I am afraid people won’t have fun. When I do host, I keep things simple so I definitely need help in that area!!!

  407. Wendy says:

    Need all the help I can get in this area – definitely not my strong suit but would love to have someone point me in the right direction.

  408. Chi Chi says:

    I am mediocre, unfortunately. I can whip up a cake that will blow your socks off but when it comes to the minute detail, I need a little inspiration.

  409. Laurel says:

    I go crazy with food, no decorations. I’m terrible at that kind of stuff.

  410. Brandi says:

    My parties are all about food and games or entertainment but I don’t go all out with decorations unless its a holiday.

  411. cristal says:

    I do both depending on the type of party. πŸ™‚

  412. Megan says:

    I am a wishful thinking party planner…. as in, I plan BIG, but execute small (largely due to lack of creative skills!). I’d love to win!

  413. Monica says:

    I like planning the food part–but not the decorating part–of a party. We keep things pretty simple in that regard, and the kids are always excited and happy about how things turn out!

  414. Karen says:

    Mel,
    I’m not terrible at entertaining, but could use alot of help. I’m the simple but elegant type of girl . Love your recipes. Using your menu planner for the camping trip we are currently on. Thanks for having the giveaway.

  415. I love to cook, but putting it all together in a beautiful way is NOT my strong point. Fingers crossed I win!! Thanks for the giveaway!

  416. Laurel Jones says:

    If we ever do have guests over it is simple. Good food and great friends.

  417. Brandi says:

    I am a pretty intricate party planner. I like all the bells and whistles…they make me happy! I like to handcraft the items myself or use online templates and such to ease the burden. With 5 kiddos under 8 things can get crazy, so any help planning parties is a welcome break.

  418. Ella R. says:

    I am great with the food and I can PLAN an awesome party but the decorations never turn out as extravagant as I originally planned. The food is always yummy but I need a greater initiative to actually make my decorations happen! This book would really help that! πŸ˜‰

  419. Barbara says:

    IF I hosted parties, I’d probably keep it simple. Because I am intimidated. If I had a lovely book of inspiration….perhaps I’d shake things up a little!

  420. Kristin says:

    I keep things simple out of necessity. One day I will go big, but for now good company and no stress make it better than doing nothing or stressing.

  421. Whitney says:

    I have been given the honor of hosting all our family functions – as my parents are getting older. I do struggle with pulling off the “perfect party”. This book would be the most fabulous tool!! I would love to win!

  422. Cindy H. says:

    Not much with decorations, but love to set a pretty table and lots of food.

  423. Lisa says:

    I am a party planning beginner. My first “official” party/gathering was for my husband’s graduation from college. I thoroughly enjoyed all aspects of planning: food, decorations, invitations, supply rental, venue, parking concerns, allergies of friends, and fun for children. Now, being a new mom, my imagination, crafty urge, and desire to make celebrations special has increased exponentially. I would love to have a dynamite book of ideas, etiquette, decorations, and tips for hosting and planning great parties. Thank you Mel for your suggestions and recommendations. Also, thank you for great dinner ideas and recipes. My husband and I clean our plates every time!

  424. Sarah K says:

    I love to put lots of time and creativity into the food and make the decorations simple. Let the food be the centerpiece!!

  425. Stephanie says:

    I love to throw parties. Especially theme parties. But my one failing is decorating. I figure if everything is clean and the food tastes good, that’s probably good enough. But I’ve always wanted to do the super awesome decorated and coordinated party.

  426. Jody says:

    I would love to go all out, but usually end up on the simple side of things.

  427. Emily says:

    You crack me up, Mel. I am EXACTLY the same way … love and appreciate all things party-related, but am not the best at putting it all together. I’d love to win, but if not I still appreciate the recommendation. I might just have to go pick myself up a copy!

  428. Melanie Erickson says:

    For my first 3 kids, I went all out. Games, homemade themed cake, party bags….Then I got tired. Now my youngest child #5 is turning 7 this summer and has NEVER had a birthday party with friends. Maybe this book can inspire me to give her a party to remember!

  429. Kristen says:

    I am great with the food planning, but definitely need help with decorations. I would love to win this book!

  430. Michelle says:

    I’m definitely a less is more kind of girl. I like to incorporate creative ideas here and there, but nothing too over the top.

  431. Joanna H. says:

    I am more on the simple end of decorations, but try to focus on the food.

  432. Vicky says:

    I’d love to plan awesome parties. But I don’t. Maybe if it was all laid out for me I would want to plan more parties.

  433. Katie Bock says:

    I am like you….I make cute cupcakes and hope that that will be enough!!

  434. Claire says:

    I am one who has grand plans, gets overwhelmed and then ends up going back to super simple.

  435. Brenda N says:

    I think I’m a lot like you described; the food tastes great and even looks good…but that’s where it all ends. My creativity is stifled with party planning. Unfortunately, I’m pretty much terrified to have parties because of it. This book would be awesome!

  436. Christyn says:

    I love to plan parties, but with a full time job and my penchant for going “over board” according to myhusband, I rarely do it. I need to find a middle ground that doesn’t involve themed music and flowers that are indiginous to the country of focus. yeah….I really did that. *sigh* Hope I win this book!!!

  437. Heather k Miller says:

    I always have big ideas but just can’t quite seem to reach what I aspire to! Maybe this book would help!

  438. Heather says:

    I like to think I could throw a pretty mean party if I had a bigger budget. My favorite way to create the party feeling without spending much money is balloons. Also, I try to only make the *best* recipes I have up my sleeve so they’ll be so happy with the food that they forget how lamely I’ve decorated. Parties are no time for experimenting with recipes for me.

  439. Disa says:

    I want to go all out, I really do. But I have to fight the little devil on my shoulder that encourages buying take and bake pizza. So it depends on who’s coming over…Although, last time it was a mix…I served pizza but went all out on a really beautiful oreo cake.

  440. Lynette says:

    Oh I really need this book!! I am about at the same level you are. I love to throw parties but they are always lacking something. This book would be great!

  441. Lesli says:

    Melanie, we recently threw a 6-year-old birthday party. We did relay races in the back yard, a Scooby Snacks eating contest (it was a dog theme party), cupcakes and other various games. I was so pleased that every game and treat coordinated with the theme. This past week my neighbor threw her son’s 6-year-old birthday party complete with bounce house, giant inflatable slide, clown, balloon animals, face painting, etc. Does that give you an idea of what kind of party planner I am?

  442. Karen says:

    I love to throw parties! My favorites are the impromptu ones….so I try to keep it simple and always make sure I have all my party items ready on hand. I think the more complicated you make the party, the more stressed out you become over thinking the little things.

  443. Jessica H says:

    I am a wanna-be go-all-out party planner (even though my hubby thinks all out parties are, shall we say, too much). I dream of throwing awesome parties but don’t know how or where to begin. This book would be awesome! πŸ™‚ (and good luck with your new mad party planning skills!)

  444. Julia says:

    I keep it simple–I use favorite recipes that I know I can’t mess up πŸ™‚

  445. Jodie Miles says:

    I of course have to go all out! It’s more exciting that way!

  446. Andrea S. says:

    I’m good with the food and decor but I don’t go waaay over the top. I like it to look like I just casually threw everything together.

  447. Ramona says:

    In my head, I picture a fabulous party, with all the decorations and food, then reality hits and I don’t have the creativity to make the party look festive. The food is placed on the table (sometimes in the pot it was cooked in) and everyone eats. It’s pathetic, I know.

  448. for me the party is all about the best, yummy food made from the best ingredients and making sure people are well fed and want to come again to my party because the food was so good. That is why I like your blog because your recipes are excellent. I do love to see a really cute kids party though with decorations and handouts with a cute theme. For me a party is all about my grandkids and family and spending quality time together.

  449. Deborah says:

    My son is coming home from deployment and could really use some help planning his party and we are including recent family grads in on it too! I definitely need help here lol

  450. Holly says:

    I love to have people over for food and fun, but have no design sense. It would be fun to do more creative parties with my sweet daughter (after three boys) who can appreciate that kind of fun!

  451. Jessica Seal says:

    I am a terrible party planner, I could use some help. We always keep our parties very simple.

  452. deanne says:

    i can do food but i can’t even decorate my house let alone decoarte for a party!

  453. Jessica Seal says:

    I am a terrible party planner, I could really use this book. My parties are always super simple.

  454. Angela says:

    I throw a simple party. So simple that my two kids were born on the same day (2 years apart), so confession…guess who only throws one simple party? Weak. However, my recipes are from you, so obviously the food is good! πŸ™‚ But I could definitely use some presentation/decoration help, because I can’t get away from being this simple & plain forever!

  455. Ela says:

    I always go out of my way to put the food on fancy platters… I just think it makes it look that much tastier. Decorations? Table cloths? I wish! Not quite sure where to start with those…

  456. Mary S says:

    I’m getting pretty good with the food but keep things really simple for the decor…

  457. Shelley says:

    I love to party plan but usually go simple and easy. What a great way to learn how to go all out. Would love to win!! Thanks!!

  458. Jo says:

    I love parties but don’t often take the time to go all-out. That book looks like fun though!

  459. sonya says:

    I love to have people over, but I’m a very relaxed party planner. Good food and good friends is all I need to feel competent in party planning. I don’t have a lot of use for pretty table cloths, table decorations, or matching center pieces….so I guess I could use some help, too!

  460. Jeanette Petersen says:

    Very simple, but nice.

  461. Ingrien Schaefer says:

    In my head, i’m a party planning diva. In real life, not so πŸ™‚

  462. erica g says:

    Love cooking the food for the party but often forget the decorating!

  463. Sacha Bikhazi says:

    I am a GO ALL OUT AND KILL MYSELF IN THE PROCESS kind of party planner. I actually have a goal to simplify, lower my standards, if you will πŸ™‚ Be OKAY with mediocrity every once in a while. This book might just help me make things LOOK amazing, without putting quite as much effort into the details.

  464. Melissa Zupi says:

    I love having any type of gatherings, but I need help in the creativity part!

  465. Gen says:

    I love entertaining. Lots of friends come over to our house and comment on how welcome and “at home” they feel. Being a busy mom of three, (four if you include dear hubby πŸ˜‰ ) makes me not so great at decorating stuff so I just go for simple presentation. That’s why I think this book would be really helpful for me to learn creative party planning ideas. Hope I get it! =) thanks!

  466. Mary S. says:

    I have to admit I go a little crazy with party planning. I love to research on the internet and then go wild!

  467. Amy says:

    I always have dreams and expectations of a huge, beautiful, glamorous party (thanks to pinterest) but then the day of the party is here, and I’m forced into simplicity because I start freaking out and need to call over my sister in law to fix my disaster of a cake!!

    I think this book may have been made for me!

  468. Melissa Bowen says:

    I’m in the mind of ‘keep it simple’. I enjoy a simple decor with easy, yet fresh and tasty food. This means I don’t slave away with prep and get to enjoy more of the party with friends and family.

  469. Amy says:

    I’m a simple party planner!! I love to make the desserts though!

  470. I’m just like you. I can make a delicious cake or cupcake but I am not a party planner. In fact, I like cupcakes as opposed to cake because it’s easier to decorate the top of a cupcake than a cake. I make delicious cakes but can’t take them anywhere because I cannot frost a complete cake to save my life. So, cupcakes it is! I would love to win this book because I really need some help. It’s sad to have a dynamite cupcake or treat and then fail in the presentation!

  471. Sophie Bassett says:

    I am somewhere in between… the food is ALWAYS well planned and if I must say so myself, pretty great. And I like to decorate, but often need ideas and help. I usually spend so much time on the menu, I let the decor go to the side… would love this book!

  472. rae says:

    I prefer to keep it simple. I don’t want the guest/event of honor to be outdone by the decorations! πŸ™‚

  473. Kelly Trimbo says:

    I have grand visions, but no skill in execution when it comes to parties πŸ™‚ I need serious HELP in that department! Crossing my fingers!

  474. Teresa says:

    Honestly, I try and plan to go all out, but I only end up doing about half of what I plan, and I always end up enlisting the help of friends. I even start planning parties months in advance, if I know the date. I have great ideas but always need help, especially when it comes to decorating. I love getting ideas from blogs and friends, too, and my really great ideas come from other sources. I always try to reciprocate by helping friends when they host parties.

  475. leslie says:

    I’d say I’m in between. Not a party planning rockstar, but I enjoy planning and all the little details.

  476. Valerie says:

    I love to have people over – but I don’t do any decorations at all! Love to learn.

  477. Kimberly says:

    I usually only go full tilt for our Halloween party. For every other get together I tend to keep it simple.

  478. Heidi says:

    Hi Mel!
    I don’t know if I would actually use any of the ideas in this book, because I am extremely practical, but perhaps for a baby or bridal shower, which I have been known to be less practical for.

  479. Angela says:

    I have aspirations to be a great party planner. I am a great party planner on pinterest. Honestly, I have never hosted a party but I have a sister-in-law who is planning on a baby so that could be perfect.

  480. Dayna says:

    I want to be a party planner. No, seriously. I LOVE it. I am obsessed with Etsy & party planning blogs. It’s sort of sick. But I really do enjoy it.

  481. Tammi says:

    I try to go all out, but struggle to find my inner creativity. πŸ™‚ I do like things organized and believe presentation is everything!

  482. Stephanie says:

    I generally love to go all out, and love a theme!

  483. Rosie says:

    I am all about simple in terms of decorations, but I always focus on having a variety of food and beverages! Thanks for doing this giveaway!

  484. Chelsea says:

    I go all out once a year for my daughters birthday party. They are two weeks apart so we do one giant one and I plan for months in advance to get everything right. Pick me!!

  485. Brenda says:

    I’ve gone more overboard for my kids’ birthday parties. Otherwise, it’s mostly a family affair with leftover paperplates and a mishmash of plastic cups.

  486. Sara Reagan says:

    I am a Keep it Simple Stupid party planner. It worls for me, but I too am jealous of those who can do more.

  487. Lindsay says:

    Maybe its the demands of keeping up with family life, but my daydreams of beautiful party decorations usually evaporate by party time! I’d love some simple, go-to ideas! I do love coordinating food and having a wonderful spread, party favours and entertainment.

  488. Cheri says:

    I love to include all my friends in the party planning! That keeps things for me simple simple simple:-)

  489. Sus says:

    I love party planning! I am super simple though and have no idea how to decorate. I just love getting people together and putting the food together! I am terrible at making desserts and being crafty! This book looks great!

  490. Tristan Kehle says:

    I go all out. My daughter’s 6th birthday party was Fairy Princess themed and I decorated that room until I couldn’t decorate any more. I have added this book to my Amazon Wish List and am seriously lusting after it!!

  491. Melanie says:

    I focus on the good and go simple with the decor, but I always have grand dreams of throwing amazing looking parties.

  492. cheryl says:

    Love to bake and love to make people happy with my creations.

  493. Amy says:

    I like to go all out with the food but I keep it simple with the decorations. I would love this book!!!

  494. Pam McCain says:

    I like to plan lots of yummy food but I could use some help with the Presentation πŸ™‚

  495. Jenny says:

    I am a party on wheels! But I leave it to others to help me organize. I like to go big, but often I have to skimp because I just can’t get all my act together (since I’m also a mom of kids and many other things)
    I hope I win a book!

  496. Lucinda Bostick says:

    I enjoy party planning, but have to keep it on a budget. I have the most fun selecting a theme and checking out blogs, and pinterest for inspiration. Often times though, I don’t follow through on all my plans. I do my best effort though, but do wish my parties were more “put together”. I still enjoy planning parties and gatherings though. Now that we finally have a larger home, I look forward to entertaining more!

  497. Jennifer says:

    I go simple. I would love to go all out but my current stage in life (small children, lots of them, pregnant, hubby in first job after college, etc) doesn’t really allow for that. My time and money and energy are extremely tightly budgeted. So for now, it’s KISS. Maybe some day I’ll have the time, energy, and means to do some of the big party ideas in my head. Just not right now.

  498. Carmen says:

    I would love to be the go all out type, but alas, I’m just kind of so-so πŸ™

  499. Cori says:

    I don’t think I was born with the all-out, creative party-planning gene.

  500. Kassidy says:

    I’m pretty simple. I’m not very creative!

  501. Heidi says:

    I want to be an amazing party planner, but I don’t have the budget or time to be so. So, I try my best to make events special the best I can.

  502. kesha says:

    I go all out with food but I am very simplistic with design. I make sure everything is color coordinated but I do nothing beyond that. I hope to pick up some tips from this book if I win. Thank you πŸ™‚

  503. Michelle says:

    I’m not too big on the decorations but definitely the food!

  504. Shary says:

    I just found your blog, but will be coming back frequently. I keep party planning super simple, but would like to increase my decorating skills a bit.

  505. Amy A. says:

    I try to keep things simple, but I do make some fun cupcakes and cakes for my birthdays that are not so simple. Love getting new ideas. Thanks for a chance to win. πŸ™‚

  506. Sherri says:

    I keep it simple, do a potluck and have everyone bring something and usually cook out. One time, I went all out and decorated, had matching dinnerware, etc. for my husband’s whole office. No one even noticed! Decided that was a waste, so no more!!

  507. Luci H says:

    I’m horrible. I can make good tasting food, but the presentation is where I lack skills for sure.

  508. Amy atlas says:

    Wow, thank you! What a wonderful review. I’m so glad you love it and that you have found your inner party planner! xo-Amy

  509. Jen Beckstead says:

    I go all out! Love a good dessert table especially!

  510. Colleen says:

    I like to keep things simplified but with a little flair =) I am getting into decorating more and more.

  511. Krista says:

    I love browsing the all-out parties, but mine usually stay super simple.

  512. Kasia Petersen says:

    I love going to parties that someone else throw and to admire their creativity. I do rather simple decorations that are purchased at the ‘party-store’. It would be nice to win that book as my youngest will turn 1 end of August. Good luck to everyone else.

  513. Emily O says:

    I have a “go all out heart,” but I must work within a practical budget! Taught school for 6 years before staying home and L.O.V.E.D. themed units and parties!

  514. amber says:

    simple, simple, simple – who has kids and time (or energy!) for more?

  515. Holly Bell says:

    I love to go all out with food- but lack the luster on the decorating! Tips would be helpful!!

  516. Emily O says:

    I have a “go all out” heart with a practical budget! Taught for 6 years before staying home and I L.O.V.E.D. doing themed units and parties with the kids!

  517. Candace says:

    I was an event planner in my previous (pre-children) life. I go all out, with the nice party tablescape and everything.

    That’s probably why I host a party once every 2 years. πŸ™‚

  518. lindsey says:

    I try really hard, but it always ends up looking a little pathetic. I’m just not sure I have that innate creativity needed to be a good party planner.

  519. JennB says:

    Somewhere in the middle – I try to decorate and some things turn out really well, but there is always room for improvement!

  520. Catherine Hoffman says:

    I always want to go all out. That being said, no matter how organized I promise myself I’m going to be, the last hour before our guest arrive is so frantic I end up frazzled and frantic. Maybe this beautiful book is just what I need to be more organized and less frantic. Here’s hoping!

  521. Jodi says:

    SIMPLE – OH… so simple!

  522. jenna says:

    clean house is the goal. yummy food. minimal decorations. fresh flowers if it’s a shower for someone and balloons for the birthdays…oh and THE “Happy Birthday” banner is out on the birthdays. But when I host a party/shower…flowers. ciao.

  523. Whitney says:

    I’m definitely a simple party planner but I need all the help I can get:)

  524. Andi Thomas says:

    I pretty good with the food but I always forget something major, like spoons. Or ice. Or decorations. As much as I love hosting parties, I’m horrible at it.

  525. Hilary M. says:

    This is the first year that my 7 year old has requested a birthday party — at our house. I should be honest with myself. The thought of 10-15 eight year old girls running around my house does not scare me in the slightest, but the presentation of her party does. Laugh. Go ahead. Why should I be worried about what eight year olds think? Well, for those of you who have girls around this age … you should know. They can be the toughest critics. Not to mention, I am sure their parents will not just do the “drop and run,” which means entertaining some adults as well. Call me crazy, but this is coming from someone who recently needed a day off from trying so hard, and wore black sweatpants. My daughter came running off the bus asking why I picked her up dressed like a ninja. Did I mention … I have a three year old and a 6 month old — both girls, as well. Sooo …. I better get the hang of this stuff now … time is against me.

  526. Krissy Thomas says:

    I would say I fit somewhere in the middle, some good food & some decor but very minimal on the decor! The problem I have is bringing it all together in a smooth manner, I’m sure this book would help! Thanks

  527. Sara J says:

    I would love to be a fabulous party planner, unfortunately I keep things really simple. I would love to have beautiful parties!

  528. Tammy says:

    I like to do little extras but usually I’m not over the top with detail. Sounds like fun to learn more!

  529. Amanda says:

    I can plan with the best of them. It is the follow through that alludes me.

  530. Morgan says:

    I am a simple party planner! I love to have really delicious yet simple food but I don’t have much creativity when it comes to decor and the layout of the food. This book looks fabulous, thank you for the opportunity!

  531. Jen says:

    I’m a simple gal when it comes to parties, but I would love to try to be a party ROCK STAR!

  532. Laura says:

    I love planning parties for my kids. It’s so fun to have them decide on a theme and have them help me put it all together.

  533. jackie brown says:

    I used to be a great party planner back in the day before 4 kiddos, now I’m not so great, more spontaneouse and aim to have delicious food minus the decorations. Hoping to be better some day, maybe by the time my oldest is 16!

  534. Carolynn Y says:

    I’m okay with food planning. I like to have a food theme, but as far as decorations I don’t have the money to spend on it. I do like to go all out for cupcakes. The more frosting the better.

  535. yeni says:

    I try to keep it as simple as possible, but still elegant. Food always takes priority over decor, unless it’s a kids event, where the decor is critical.

  536. Alina T says:

    I’m only 15 but I love to cook! Your website has been such an inspiration to me and I check it daily for new posts. When it comes to party planning, our family is all about the food and making sure the house is spotless, but I would really like to learn ideas for decorating πŸ™‚

  537. Iris Brooks says:

    I love to plan and do the food, but I’m terrible when it comes to decorations or planning. Would love the book!

  538. Renee Scott says:

    i’m an all out girl. every year, i have a pumpkin carving party with a bunch of friends. i make all kinds of halloween themed foods and lay plastic down on my living room floor (small apartment=NO SPACE). everyone brings a pumpkin to carve, i pop it’s the great pumpkin charlie brown in the dvd and we go to town. πŸ™‚ super fun, and everyone looks forward to it.

  539. Baker4Boys says:

    Simple, simple, simple. I like to dream up ideas for decorating or doing extra-special things with the food, but I always run out of time!

  540. Jerri says:

    The older I get I am losing it…..This summer I have a lot of grandchildren coming and would love to spice it all up again. I love to cook for everyone but a few decorations and ideas would be great.

  541. Kamy says:

    I go way overboard with food but not decorations. I wish I could decorate better!

  542. Laura Hartline says:

    I am a wanna-be-go-all-outer! I have great expectations but then I get lazy and don’t want to come up with ideas. This would be a good go-to book for me. Just like your web site. When I am too lazy to come up with something new, I come to you!

  543. Sarana A says:

    i’m an in-betweener” also. i’ve been blessed with some of my mom’s creativity, key word “some.” as the years have gone by and my ocd tendencies kick in, i’ve learned to go big for some parties (1st birthdays, christmas) and simple for others. totally depends on the occasion! i’m not the best at being original so i love getting inspiration from others and put a little spin of my own to it hence i would love love love to receive this amazing book. πŸ™‚

  544. Elizabeth says:

    Simple, simple, with fabulous taste. Because, let’s be honest, it can be as cute as can be but nobody cares unless it’s tasty!

  545. Sonja says:

    I always have HUGE aspirations for an elaborately decorated party, but then my true decorating shortcomings come into play!! We usually end up with matching plates and napkins..with an occasional ballon or two….LAME!

  546. Nikki L says:

    I love the details of party planning, but I’m kind of in between. I’ve yet to glue flag onto straws, but I do hand paint centerpieces for every party. I’d love to get some new ideas!

  547. Jen Brimhall says:

    I am the kiss of death for party throwing. If I even co-plan a party, it is a sure sign it will be a flop. However, I do make good food (due a lot to you!), and I love all of the parties I see all over the web. Someday, I hope the conquer the party monster and become a party animal! Thanks for hosting such a fun giveaway. (Even if I don’t win πŸ™‚

  548. Rachael says:

    I knock the food out of the park every time. Decorating is for sure my weakness. But I’m definitely about simple in all areas of life. I’m kind of a minimalist. πŸ™‚

  549. Deb says:

    I love to entertain. But, tend to focus on the food and the rest falls by the wayside, would love some new ideas!

  550. Kira says:

    I love parties. Usually I take on a little more than is necessary, but I like to think that I follow after my mother and do a good job of coordinating and making things look right. Simple yet classy. What I need to figure out is how to get a real idea of how long I am going to spend getting things ready – always wrong about how fast I think I can do something! Thanks Mel!

  551. Holly says:

    Food First is my motto. I could use some help in the decor area.

  552. Kerri A. says:

    I love planning for my kids birthday parties. I usually keep it simple (not a lot of games and such… the kid just have fun playing), but I love to create decorations and I tend to be a perfectionist with the layout of the food. I love having people over and enjoying good food!

  553. Sarah says:

    For my first child I was all out and it has gotten progressively less with each new child.

  554. Alicia says:

    I am not a party planning natural, but I enjoy putting together parties occasionally. Mainly, it’s about creating memories. So I would LOVE some ideas on how to make that happen! ((fingers crossed))

  555. Melanie Wyner says:

    I like to go all out with the food but the decorations are majorly lacking!!

  556. Valerie A. H. says:

    I always serve lots of good food but really could kick it up by decorating with themes more. Would love to check out her book. Cool give away Mel…thanks!

  557. Ruth says:

    Usually simple, but if time allows I try to be more creative.

  558. Amy Cragun says:

    I’m just finishing a 4 week class on cake decorating. I’m working on my party detail. IDE love the book!

  559. Jen M says:

    I’m a minimalist when it comes to parties, but mostly because I’m just too lazy to go to all that work and then just throw everything away. I do make sure to always have fabulous food to make up for the lack of decorations.

  560. Cindy says:

    Never win anything, would love this.

  561. Lizzie P says:

    I love planning a party! But I don’t do it often enough to be very good at it. I’m always steeling ideas from others.

  562. Kelsey says:

    I plan, plan, plan…then end up keeping it really simple in the end!

  563. Gail Lloyd says:

    I can’t help but go all out. I try to keep it simple, but it never happens. I personalize it as much as I can, always spending way more time than I should, preparing. I do enjoy it, and I love finding new ideas.

  564. Jamie says:

    I think I’m closer to your style of party planner. I love getting creative with a cake, but beyond that… Well, there is nothing beyond that. Sad but true… No tablecloths, no decorations, not even any other food. My poor kids. Lol…

  565. Jen says:

    I have really good intentions of grand perfection, but the usual home chaos rules and everything becomes perfectly simple. I love your blog and how you always keep it real. Thanks.

  566. Kristina M says:

    When it comes to planning a party, my party is marvelous… in my head. But in reality it turns out very, very simple and unattractive. I’d love to learn some tips in this area!

  567. Christiana says:

    I like to go all out, but haven’t been in the party mode for a while. Maybe this book will help!

  568. Melanie says:

    I not a good party planner either and I want to be! Maybe this book will help!

  569. Amy says:

    I come from a long line of detailed party planners. It has been more about the food and serving dishes than the decor for me. I could really use some help in the decorating category! I love your blog and recipes!

  570. Chelsea says:

    I’m a practical party planner. Plenty of food (and even yummy, delicious food) but no decorations. I really need help with the cutesy stuff. I think having all boys knocks it out of you.

  571. Paula says:

    I’m a very simple party planner but if I’m going to go all out it will be with food! I’m all about food. I think the food makes the party. Or maybe that’s just what I tell myself since I’m no good at decorating :).

  572. Tammy says:

    I’m not terrible on the food part, but am not the greatest at organizing.

  573. Geraldine says:

    I love to plan theme parties, and I tend to focus on the food (especially desserts) because it’s all I’ve have time for. Oh, and I prefer big parties– the more the merrier. Usually I have between 40 and 90 people, so there’s a lot of baking! If I can make time, I try to decorate and plan games, all within the theme. However, I never skimp on the dessert, no matter what. I even created my first dessert table a few weeks ago!! I would LOVE more ideas! πŸ™‚

  574. Heather Burcham says:

    When it comes to parties I am SIMPLE. Not because I want to be, but because it overwhelms me to think of what to do. This book would be awesome to have to give me the inspiration I need. Thanks!!

  575. Heather says:

    In the past I’ve been on the more simple side of things…but I have big plans for the future!

  576. sarita says:

    Simple simple simple! As in, plastic table cloths from the Dollar Store. That kind of simple.

  577. Mary Arntson says:

    Party planning is so much fun and the food is extra.

  578. Janet says:

    I throw a party that I consider “middle-of-the-road” when it comes to how big and fancy it is. I try to have certain foods and certain drinks for certain people and a few new things that no one expects.

  579. I go ALL out! For example…I am in the middle of packing the house to move to another state and tonight I am hosting a graduation party for my daughter with decorations, food, and homemade goodies. I LOVE a good party no matter what.

  580. kate C. says:

    Simple for me! Well, the food has to be delish and lots of it (and all homemade, of course) but decorations… what are they? Themes?… never heard of them!

  581. Andrea says:

    I am the worst party planner. I do the same menu each party with the same recycled decorations. Pitiful, I know. This book would change my life. My friends and family wouldn’t know what to think!

  582. Erika says:

    I probably think I go way out… but compared to this girl I think I’m pretty simple… so I’m pretty sure I could use some helpful hints!
    Thanks!

  583. amy miller says:

    I think in my head, I like to go all out. But I am not so good with the time organization of actually doing that, so by the time the actual party is here, I am grumpy from being up all night, bossying hubby around, baby napping in middle of planning and preparing time, so I am hoping to find the secret to love a more simpler party.

  584. Brooke Yardley says:

    I love using what I have and trying to be creative! My kids enjoy seeing familiar things in the decore. Birthday cakes are never complete without some lego man or fairy toy. Why break the bank just to have some fun!

  585. Julie in TX says:

    I’m about in the middle. I can do the food (but I always make too much), but I need help with decorating.

  586. Tanya says:

    I’m usually the last-minute type of party hostess.. which means I get the food done… but not much of any decorations! I go to my sis-in-law’s house and her parties are always SO CUTE and I always think, “why don’t I plan ahead and make mine look like this???” πŸ™‚ I could put this book to good use! Thanks!

  587. Caitlyn Z says:

    I’m a horrible party planner! I’m too indecisive and not very creative. Which is why my wedding planning is stalling now! Help!

  588. jenica haug says:

    I love to go all out..on a budget! πŸ™‚ i’m all about stealing ideas, especially from Amy Atlas!!!

  589. Emily S. says:

    I’m simple, easy…bordering on lazy. I could sure use a kick in the rear when it comes to party planning!

  590. Catherine says:

    Parties stress me out but I love them anyway. I always make lots of food and trust Martha Stewart for decor!

  591. Sandy says:

    I am known to go all out…but that doesn’t mean it looks pretty. I prep for days, looking up ideas online, trying out new recipes before the big day (which my co-workers love) and even practice decorating (I know I am a freak). I like to make my own goodies rather than buy them at the store because I think it adds a little personal touch to each of my parties. I am actually about to start planning my son’s 2 year birthday party. Even though its only going to be family, I still have to make sure there is a candy table….even if it is only for the pictures πŸ™‚ This book looks like its just what I need!!

  592. Brittni says:

    I keep it simple but I would love to learn how to decorate for a party!

  593. Bobbi Carter says:

    I love to have parties and love to have people over. But I have to admit…I’m not the craftiest person in the world…in fact lets be honest. I don’t have a crafty bone in my body. But I can copy! That’s what I love about the internet and why I would love this book! I just need someone to give me the idea and all the step to do it:)

  594. Erika says:

    I plan on going all out, and then scale back, and then try to do too much again, and then end up running out of time… so I’m a mixed bag party planner – some things are done with great detail and love and other things are just left by the wayside.

  595. Polly says:

    I usually go all out when decorating and the same with the food. But, I am always looking for new ideas. I love her website for ideas.

  596. Kendra L. says:

    This is exactly what I need! I need detailed instructions and pictures to help me out. I love having people over and would love to do more parties, but I am terrible at it.

  597. Karen says:

    I love to have partys. Give me a theme and I run with it. Problem is I have so many ideas and I need to be reigned in or nothing gets done.

  598. Janell says:

    Super simple on the decorating, but love to spend the time on the treats.

  599. Caroline says:

    I keep everything super simple or I get too stressed out and don’t really “enjoy” the party. Any ideas would be great, looks like a fun book!

  600. Stephanie says:

    I love to go all out especially when I have a theme!

  601. Angela says:

    I love being incharge of the food part of any party….especially the dessert part! I love to bake layer cakes and cupcakes for special occasions and I always try to find a unique recipe. As far as decor goes…well, I’m not so hot. I would love to broaden my horizons with the “WOW” factor when it comes to party planning.

  602. Jessica says:

    With Mel’s recipes I’m getting better at planning get-togethers with confidence. Decorating the occasion alongside her yummy spreads will come in time!

  603. Jenny says:

    I am a terrible party planner. I get the napkins & matching tablecloth and make whatever cake my kids request. Games and decorations are really a challenge…

  604. Lorie says:

    I try being a little creative with the decor, sometimes I do good, sometimes I don’t…but I definitely could use help with the food part!

  605. Nicole says:

    I am completely indecisive at party planning…ok, that makes me terrible at it. I just call my sister and have her do it! I could really use a book like this with all the birthday parties in my future.

  606. Jackie Gonzales says:

    I LOVE party planning!!!! But I’m always looking for new ideas πŸ™‚

  607. Sunni says:

    Getting a cake from Costco is my idea for a party!

  608. Helen Cator says:

    I keep it super simple for my sanity!
    I also like to enjoy the people I am having over as opposed to missing everything because I am cooking in the kitchen.

  609. Kat says:

    I love to go all out, but it usually doesn’t come together quite like I imagine haha. I could definitely use this book!

  610. Carolyn says:

    I wanna do better… and this book is bound to help!! πŸ™‚

  611. Amy says:

    Can I be some where in the middle of go all out and simple simple? I really like the food to do the talking. I would love to have this book as a reference. I don’t have a good style eye and this would come in so handy!

  612. Mary Jane says:

    I’m not much into the decoration part of parties. I love the food though πŸ™‚

  613. Marna says:

    I have great intentions of going all out but it raely happens. I think I plan to much without the skill in planning.

  614. Shelli says:

    I enjoy throwing parties and always have a lot of fun ideas… but I am terrible at actually executing those ideas. Most of the time I think it is too early to start working on things… then it gets to the last minute and I am scrambling. Would love to check out this book… Amy Atlas ROCKS! Hope you are doing well with the new baby!!!

  615. Amy says:

    I’m always too nervous and put it off until it is too late.

  616. Heidi says:

    Hello~ My favorite thing on earth is having eveyone over!! And that is the key – don’t worry about the number of people you invite – the more the merrier. There is always room. With that said you better make sure there is enough food, drink and options for everyone. Music and candles are a must. And outside whenever possible. A favorite party that I threw was in an outdoor tent/gazebo ( from Target) in the pouring rain. But it had all the elements – food, wine, and a friend playing the guitar while we all sang off key. Magical. oh – by the way Love your Snickerdoodle reciepe. Thank you ~

  617. Lynn Anne says:

    I love to entertain, I’m a great host, and can throw a mean party, but want to take it to the next level! Pick me pick me! Thanks!

  618. Anna says:

    I’m lucky if I have enough plates/bowls/serving spoons for all the dishes being served. Sometimes, yes, we do even have to resort to plastic/paperware products. I have no decorating skills whatsoever and even looking at pictures in magazines don’t help me. I could use all the help I can get!

  619. Patricia says:

    I love to have a theme and have my colors coordinate. I am always looking for new ideas so would love this book!

  620. Amy says:

    Sounds like a fun adventure. I like to have it pretty, but simple. I like to do 5 coarse dinners for family gathers as it keeps us gather together longer and depending on the foods served things can get rather hilarious. I like to cook with my family or have part of the cooking the entertainment like say grilling your own piece of meat, or making your own pizza, etc. . I can’t say I do any decorating. . . ????

  621. Crystal says:

    My party planning starts off with a bang with great ideas but the execution tends to fizzle on down everytime. I get lost in the details and end up stressing instead of having any fun.

  622. Rachael K says:

    I keep things pretty simple. I focus on the food. I want to make things look elegant and beautiful, but I have a hard time paying for all of the stuff it takes to make that happen.

  623. Michelle T. says:

    I go all out with food, but unfortunately tend to forget about decorating the table! I would LOVE this book almost as much as I LOVE your recipes! Thanks for a fun giveaway!

  624. Lynda M. says:

    I’m definitely a go all out party planner! I make coordinating bunting flags, cupcake toppers, napkins tied with ribbon, spray paint chalkboards with cute sayings, etc. etc. etc. I need help πŸ™‚

  625. Meredith Hall says:

    I’m somewhere in the middle…if time and money were not a factor I’d go all out, though!

  626. Tina says:

    I like simple, Martha Stewart I am not. Family, friends and kids may remember the turkey or the cupcakes but no one will remember if you had a cloth or plastic table cloth. Flower are nice but place cards, flags on straws, double placemats, chargers? Focus on what you are good at…I like food.

  627. Katherine D says:

    I love to go all out with cooking. I am so not a decorator, I missed out on that part of the genetic code! Lucky for me I married a Virgo who is all about and good at the decorating and arranging things a match made in heaven! Now that my son is out of toddler mode and in school we are trying to learn how to plan parties and get togethers!

  628. Lauren says:

    I’m newly married and learning to plan parties. I could always use help with ideas! Thanks for the opportunity to win this book!

  629. conniemelancon says:

    Simple simple simple! I am a “want to be” like you:) I could really use this book. Thanks for the chance.

  630. Christina says:

    Party planning committee right this way! (remember The Office). Decor and presentation is what I spend most of my time on

  631. vanillatruffle says:

    I keep it very simple and love anything that would inspire me to do a better job. Thank you for doing this super spontaneous giveaway — you are full of amazing surprises!!!

  632. Jen Uzmann says:

    I love to make all different kinds of food—go all out with that. But when it comes to decorating….not so much. I need help!! Thanks for a great giveaway!

  633. Barbi says:

    My intentions are to go all out, but when all is said and done, my party planning is very, very simple {and boring}. I usually forget to order anything cute in time, my food never turns out like the picture, and by the end its all very plain, and usually edible! Unfortunately, I am not creative and need a book like this to help me with my great intentions! (hence the fact my parties usually end up plain and simple…I dont know where to start!) Thank you for the opportunity!

  634. Erika says:

    Wow – you have A LOT of readers Mel! You are a popular lady for good reason LOL!

    Had your asian chicken salad again last night, one of our family faves!

    I would definitely say my entertaining is casual, casual! I don’t need the stress! But would love to get some fun, easy ideas to take it up a notch.

  635. Christine W. says:

    It kind of depends on my mood! I love elaborate parties though, and had recently decided to try to go all out more often than not. Thanks for the giveaway!

  636. Midge Flinn says:

    I’m a fly by the seat of my pants planner. I need ideas!

  637. Brooke P. says:

    I am all about the food being good and not much into the decorating, that aspect does not come naturally to me and this book would be super helpful!

  638. Melanie says:

    I love to throw parties, but I do not go over the top with details. This book looks fun!

  639. Emily says:

    I am pretty simple. I think it would be fun though to go all out! I need to work on that. πŸ™‚

  640. Melissa says:

    I want to be a “go all out” type party planner, but I end up keeping it simple since I stress about it too much and then my husband reminds me to chill out a little.

  641. Valerie says:

    I love to go all out when planning parties and refreshment tables. It’s a great outlet for creativity!

  642. Amy A says:

    I love planning parties! Sometimes I think, “when I grow up, I want to be a party planner!”. It’s my creative outlet and now with pinterest, I am in heaven!

  643. Marissa says:

    I am an aspiring planner (meaning I always want to do a good job but the reality doesn’t line up with what I’d like to be). So instead of getting all my shindigs beautifully put together, I’m happy to rip open a bag of chips and put out some chocolates.

  644. Amy A says:

    Love planning parties! I wish I had more time and money to go all out, but I don’t. I’m planning 3 parties this summer, and Pinterest is giving me tons of ideas.

  645. I am all about the planning. I love to have a theme to work around. I can’t go super crazy, financially, but I do my best to integrate the theme throughout the party.

  646. A says:

    To me parties mean a good time, so I go all out. The food has to be tasty and the ambiance has to match. I always love a new party planning book, so thanks for sharing your recommendation! This looks great.

  647. Barbara says:

    I go all out with the food and don’t worry about the decorating.

  648. Mary says:

    Simple, simple, simple. But I will be sure to pour over every single detail of this book for pleasure!

  649. V says:

    I absolutely love party throwing and I have always felt that food is only half of the party – the decor makes it or breaks it! Not sure if I’ve been found hot gluing flags to straws but hey, now I have yet another idea! I would read this book page by page! Looks like a fun one.

  650. Rebecca says:

    Simple is the name of the game in my house.

  651. Summer says:

    I can plan and cook and decorate, but always, the finishing touches or the thing that needed to be done last – does not get done. So I have a party complex. I have only thrown one birthday party everΒ –Β and I have four kids. I just tell them “life isn’t fair and neither are birthdays”.

  652. Barb Mc says:

    I enjoy going all out, but doable!

  653. Anneka says:

    I keep it simple, mostly because I can’t come up with any decorating ideas.

  654. Abby says:

    I am a food lover, but don’t really think about decorations until the last minute so they mostly get skipped.

  655. Tiffiny says:

    I like to keep it simple…unless it’s a Halloween party and then I become a completely different creature… so scary I don’t even need a costume. Eye ball cheese balls, finger shaped finger foods, worms in the punch, creepy music, and tons and tons of decorations!

  656. Samantha says:

    I have dreams of being a great party planner! My mom and sisters always plan the greatest events with tables dressed to the nines! Somehow… it just doesn’t come together for me. I so need this book!

  657. Shannon says:

    Sounds great to me, sign me up!!! πŸ™‚

  658. Corie says:

    I don’t go crazy but I do like to have cute decorations and of course super cute delicious food!

  659. Valerie says:

    I’m kinda in the middle. If I didn’t have 5 kids sucking up all my time and energy I could throw a fantastic, over-the-top, shindig. But, since the kids & DH are not going anywhere soon (not compaining at all πŸ™‚ I must show some restraint by doing mediocre on both fronts, food & decor. Even with that being said, my kids always love their parties best! Even more that the expensive super-frill ones others put together. I would however LOVE some inspiration to have more adult or even family get togethers.

  660. Rachel Moody says:

    one in a million…I am! πŸ™‚

  661. Angie says:

    My poor kids don’t even know that you can have parties. πŸ™‚ I think it would be fun, but I’m at a complete loss.

  662. K. Booth says:

    My motto in life has been “Keep it Simple”. It’s the only way I could stay sane while raising 5 kids.

  663. Kelly Dorpinghaus says:

    I’m good with the food but fail at decorating. Would love a copy of this book!!

  664. Megan says:

    I’m a TERRIBLE party planner….but I’m awfully good at attending them ; )

  665. Mallory says:

    I’m simple all the way. But I really appreciate going to parties that go all-out!

  666. Margaret says:

    I go super easy. I wish I had more of a creative mind. I’m sure this. ook would help.

  667. Allyson says:

    I’m a work in progress! I’m mostly simple, but that’s mostly because I need ideas from others (aka not creative enough on my own!). I could do more with creative inspiration!

  668. Shannon says:

    I’m not much of a party planner, in fact my husband has more of the skills in our family. He initiates the inviting, has an eye for making things look nice, he even makes the birthday cakes look good. I am totally lacking in this area, though I would like to learn how to be better. Thanks for a great giveaway!

  669. Brooke Bumgardner says:

    I *want* to be the one gluing little flags onto straws lol…but I’m usually stuck being ‘simple’ since I am not good at planning and alotting my time. I end up spending most of my time on food and then don’t have enough time left over for decorating. Would love the book! Thanks for the chance to win.

  670. kari a says:

    I love the idea of party planning bit usually don’t have the time to prepare…soy kids have parties at the ymca! I love being creative and could use some guidance.:-)

  671. Jennifer Fung says:

    I have notebooks from the last 2 years of plans and ideas to throw a birthday party for my oldest son, and due to my procrastination and perfectionism, have yet to throw him a party. I’m hoping his 4th birthday this year will be different! Thank you Mel for your inspiration and generosity!

  672. Andrea Card says:

    I want to be an awesome party planner. Just…not there….yet.

  673. Patty H. says:

    Party planning???? HAHAHA I do good to slap paper plates on the table, and have sandwich fixings ready to eat. I REALLY need help.

  674. Laura says:

    I love having a small dinner party for friends and birthday parties at home for our kids. I sometimes will host a baby shower. I get all of my ideas from blogs…totally un-original on my own! Thanks for the chance to win!

  675. Melanie Carvell says:

    I have great intentions and zero ability to implement said ideas.

  676. Jessica says:

    Total party planning wanna-be. I have anxiety attacks just thinking of it, but soooo envy how cute and wonderful all of those coordinated parties look.

  677. Elise says:

    In my mind, I go all out! Fancy schmancy everything! But, when it really comes down to it, I am very simple. I would LOVE to bring all the ideas in my head out in the open!

  678. Valerie W says:

    I have been seeing this book all over blog land. It looks like a great book.

  679. LC says:

    Don’t hate me, but I prep early. I think a beautifully set table (and it doesn’t have to be formal!) is like a beautifully wrapped gift. It’s worth the extra time. I also find that it helps me with my pace and organization. I like to pull all the serving pieces, linens and centerpieces out and put it together the night before. It makes the final prep so much more fun and manageable. Especially when guests arrive and things are still in progress – easy to add more hands on deck πŸ™‚

  680. Shonna says:

    I have four kids, half of them teenagers, and I’m proud of the fact that I’m getting past baking birthday cakes in a 9×13 glass dish. I’ve recently moved on to layer cakes, and my kids think I’m amazing.

  681. JoEllen says:

    I am somewhere in the middle. I like to make my parties look fun and impressive, but try to keep it simple so I don’t kill myself in the process =)

  682. Janae says:

    I like to think I am a good party planner, but when all is said and done the vision I had in my head of it all looks much, much better than what I ended up with. This book looks amazing!

  683. Ursala T. says:

    If I had the financial means and a spacious home I would totally get into every little detail. But, as it is I have to keep things pretty simple (on a budget), which means I spend WAY too much time planning it on paper so I can squeeze every penny into every (*simple*) detail. πŸ™‚

  684. auntiepatch says:

    Great book! I gave my copy to my son for the recipes not the party planning. Good basic recipes. Would love to have a copy for myself!

  685. Emily says:

    Here’s the extent of my party planning capabilities: Call sister #1 to help with the food, call sister #2 to help with decorations, and call sister #3 to amazingly pull it all together. Somehow I’m the only sister who didn’t get the party-planning gene.

  686. Bacey says:

    The simpler the better!

  687. Brittany says:

    I am simple but would love to kick it up notch or two!

  688. Lyndsay says:

    Total basic party planner. I’m not naturally creative so I’d love some tips. I always wish I went all out.

  689. Martha says:

    I make it simple, but I want to make my guest’s feel I took time to make it special for them. Hope the baby is doing well.

  690. Rachel McCabe says:

    I’m pretty simple. I love to cook good food and come up with a couple decoration ideas… but I have a lot to learn in decorating!

  691. Jena says:

    I love to do every party I host all fancy smanchy but in a simple way, if that makes sense?
    All the decorations I use are usually DYI ones for the Martha Stewart book . My mom makes the cake (She owns a cake decorating shop) and the food is buffet style.

  692. Doreen says:

    I am an all out kind of person. Just did a friends 50th birthday party even stamped the napkins. This would be a great book to have for future parties. I would love to do more parties!

  693. Valerie says:

    I am a poor planner. I have all the ideas but they fail in the translation. I am lucky to get the food together and edible!

  694. Evonne W says:

    I’m all about good food, but when it comes to decorating I could use some help!

  695. NicoleCF says:

    I’m somewhere in between simple and going all out…but I mostly lean towards simple, mostly because I don’t have time to go all out, dang it. Love to entertain though!

  696. Karen says:

    I’m somewhere in the middle – lots of attention to food and the food table but pretty simple everywhere!

  697. Shelly says:

    Parties stress me out waaaay too much! I like everything to be coordinated, but lack creativity. So, we don’t do this too often!

  698. Katie says:

    I love to do themed parties (at home) for my kids. I do what I can to be crafty but it’s on a very low budget. The good news? My hubby is the cake decorator in the family so I can focus on getting the house clean and decorated.

  699. Melissa Cottam says:

    I love to do lots of food would love to the get to the cute ideas but usually by the time I’m done with the food I don’t have time for the cute decorations it be great to get some new ideas and try to expand my party planning!!

  700. Rita says:

    I usually keep things pretty simple, especially with decorations.

  701. michelle says:

    I am a wannabe go over the topper! Sometimes I manage it, other times I go super simple. But I am sure I’d love this book! Thanks, Mel!

  702. Sylvia Lewis says:

    I go ALL OUT! I love matching EVERYTHING. My latest planning was for my daughter’s 1st birthday. It was a Very Hungry Caterpillar theme and I created all the files on my computer…from custom cupcake wrappers, food cards, party hats, even a timeline of baby’s first year. It was a blast. After the party, my friends insisted I put my files on Etsy for custom orders (and I listened!) My first big party plan turned into a mini business for this stay-at-home mom!

  703. Aubrey says:

    I go as simple as possible in the party planning department. I am just not creative enough to think up all the cute decorating deas.

  704. Jules says:

    When it comes to making food, I love to have my table filled with everything under the sun!! No one goes away hungry!!!Decorating is always on the simple side!!!

  705. Cecilia says:

    I’m not much of a party planner either. I normally do simple things. Pinterest is helping me plan a bridal shower though πŸ™‚

  706. Dana M says:

    I love that I have my own place now and get to hold parties for every occasion (even find myself making up a few) This book would help me on the days I lack the inspiration for a fabulous party/event.

  707. Shaela winsor says:

    Mel I’m so bad at decorating that I avoid party planning all together! I’m sooooo lame!

  708. Megan says:

    I usually keep it pretty simple :/

  709. Faith says:

    I love decorating, especially cupcakes. I like to make a lot of yummy dishes that look well together, then spruce up with something organic, like flowers. Fun stuff!

  710. Cari says:

    I think its all in the details! Food TASTES so much better when its PRETTY! Right? I know I appreciate it! If only we all had unlimited access to a party planning “fund” πŸ™‚ I would love some new ideas!!!

  711. Jill says:

    I like to keep things super simple, but I also try to make the food really yummy. Your website sure helps. Thanks for all your work and your great ideas.

  712. Susan A says:

    I like to do the food and general party planning, but when it comes to decorating, I’m challenged and out of time. Love looking at lots of ideas though!

  713. Victoria says:

    Not so good. I could definitely use the help.

  714. Erika says:

    I am oh-so-simple but only because I am lacking in creativity and shopping. I would love a copy to get me a boost up out of simple land!

  715. Heather A says:

    I love planning parties! I don’t go over the top, but I don’t keep it super simple either. I would love this book. Thanks!

  716. Jenny says:

    I tend to focus so much on the food that the rest of the details get, um…squashed. My motto is kind of, well, if they loved the food then it couldn’t have been bad, right? Which is why I’m pretty sure I could strongly benefit from some over-the-top ideas right about now.
    πŸ™‚

  717. Andrea says:

    My party planning goes as follows: 1. Make huge plans 2. Get overwhelmed and procrastinate 3. Stay up till midnight the night before and do everything I possibly can, and do without all the extras.

  718. Tonya R. says:

    I could use all the help I can get!

  719. Lara Leigh says:

    At one point in my life I was a “go all out” party planner, but in recent years have become a weak party-er. My first 3 kids benefited from creative celebrations, but my poor youngest 3 are left with the worn out mom with not enough energy or hours in the day. I dream of becoming energized again… πŸ™‚ PS…love your blog and cook from it regularly!

  720. Nicole H. says:

    I’m not a great party planner, it usually makes me nervous to be honest. But I am improving πŸ™‚

  721. Kristin T. says:

    I play both sides of the fence. I do all-out, to the hilt birthday parties for my kids. But, often do simple parties for other occasions. I’m always on the lookout for new ideas.

  722. Kathy says:

    I stay simple, simple, simple and need help from those more talented than me!

  723. Missy Hawkins says:

    My motto is SIMPLIFY. Pick a few things that will carry your theme, work hard on those and let the rest go. It usually turns out that my kids would rather jump on the trampoline with the balloons than do all the other games I have planned.

  724. Janet Jack says:

    I like to go all out with food, decorations, and yes even
    gluing flags on striped straws. It is a marathon event,
    but I have to stay on a tight budtget usually so that
    means I have to be more creative in the end!! The
    book looks so fun! Thanks for sharing!
    Janet Jack

  725. Julie says:

    I love to throw parties and usually spend forever looking ideas up on the Internet. I over plan and never have time to get everything done. I usually only get the food done and the decorating gets neglected. It would be awesome to have great ideas all in one book and actually get it done.

  726. Amy Gledhill says:

    I think about what I’d like to do and come up with good ideas, but can’t get myself to execute anything so everything ends up pretty boring ..I’d love to actually pull off a cool party for my kids.

  727. Stephanie says:

    I’m a simple girl with secret desires to go big. Mostly a financial issue at this point. πŸ™‚

  728. Ali K says:

    For the kids I go all out with the cute little details, for adults I put more into the food, bigger, better, tastier, more, more, more.

  729. Dana says:

    With time so limited, I keep it simple with lots of yummy food. But I have to agree fancy parties are a lot of fun.

  730. Mel says:

    When it comes to decorating, I certainly can use all the help I can get. I would love to win!

  731. Kelly says:

    I NEED this book!! I entertain all the time and I love it but my focus on the fabulous food leaves the rest a little lacking. I was super proud of myself that I got some flowers on the table for Easter dinner. It was a far cry from what I’d really like to see, though. Sounds like a great book!

  732. Jenni says:

    I love planning and hosting parties! Every year I throw a How to Host a Murder Mystery Dinner for my friends and do I go all out. It takes me weeks to a month to get everything ready, from the table setting to planning the menu, I love every minute of it. Don’t even get me started on what I do to host a Holiday meal. And I constantly look to Amy Atlas for inspiration. She is amazing.

  733. Tiffany says:

    I have great intentions to go BIG, but with 5 kids ages 7 and younger I haven’t quite gotten to it!

  734. Sharon says:

    I would love to entertain more, but it scares me!

  735. Dana says:

    All out! I don’t like to spend a ton so I have to get creative.

  736. Laura says:

    I’ve just started to do more with my parties & have really enjoyed it. I need more ideas though & I think this book would be a big help!

  737. Linda S. says:

    I like to plan ahead for special occasions with friends to make it special – even setting the table a day or so ahead of time and getting everything for recipes chopped ahead of time. That way I really can relax and enjoy spending time with everyone instead of standing in the kitchen the whole time. Of course, my kids are grown now – that’s why I can do this. πŸ™‚ This book would be lots of fun to read!

  738. Tara says:

    I just try to have really yummy food. But I would love to be able to throw a cute party!

  739. samW says:

    well I LIKE to go all out, and I used to….than I had 5 kids & it has become more a desire than a reality!

  740. Krista says:

    I am so NOT a party planner. It stresses me out to even think about it. I had my first boy last year and I wanted to go all out for his one year old party but I had no idea where to even start. This book would help me plan his future birthday parties so please pick me!

  741. Karen says:

    I am simple, simple, simple, probably for lack of knowing any better.
    We have a big birthday party this summer, sure could use some ideas…………

  742. Aimee says:

    I don’t know about “simple, simple, simple…” More like stressed, stressed, stressed whenever I entertain!

  743. Jenn Van Wagenen says:

    My skills are nothing to write home about…I lean towards simple. I agree! Can I have her hair too!

  744. Tammy says:

    I like to keep it simple yet fun. I would love some new ideas though…been stuck in a rut lately and I’m sure this would help!!!

  745. betty says:

    Ooooh! That book looks fun! I love to plan parties, but am an awful executor of those plans. Would love direction and inspiration.
    Oh, and I LOVE your website. Pretty much you are my main source for meals around here.

  746. rachael geow says:

    Simple simple simple. πŸ™‚

  747. Michaela says:

    I love to throw parties! And I love to go all out with food and decorations, but I’m not super talented at it, and it takes me forever to figure it all out each time. This book sounds perfect! I’m always in need of some good tips and inspiration!

  748. Jan says:

    I LOVE to plan parties and activities but I don’t go all-out with decorations. I love planning the food and activities and just having them to enjoy with friends but I am not the cutest stylist so I would just LOVE this!! Thanks!

  749. Becca says:

    I would love this book because I am a terrible party planner. I stress about it way too much, and I am usually underprepared. Hope I can win it! I love reading your blog!

  750. Shante says:

    I can make the food, but I do NOT craft or decorate. I’m terrible at it. Unfortunately, I did not receive my Mother’s creative genius skills.

  751. Mary A. says:

    I have to keep it simple due to necessity of a busy life and busy kids. Sometimes I get inspired and find a way to do more, but not often.

  752. Emily says:

    I’ll admit. I’m not much of a party planner, though I do like simple parties. I’m more of the you plan the party, I’ll bring the food kind of person. I’d like to do more though…

  753. Audrey says:

    I would say that I am an optimistic party planner. I have grandious ideas and plans, but the results is usually just average haha. I need some party planning inspiration!

  754. Jen Wallis says:

    Some of my friends laugh at me because I am well known for using a black magic marker for cards and letters, and we often do Little Ceasars 5 buck pizza at our house parties! Not that I wouldn’t love to go all out, I would! I’m just not sure how to do it all! This book would probably change my life! πŸ™‚ thanks and LOVE your website! πŸ™‚

  755. Mary says:

    I keep it pretty simple. Except for fun cocktail napkins!

  756. Cathy says:

    I get really nervous about the whole thing, freak out that it’s coming up & clean the house like crazy, convince myself I’m coming down with something & that I have to cancel the big shindig, & finally just grit my teeth, face reality & try to have a good time.

  757. Tiffany says:

    ha – I would love her hair, too, and/or the stylists that made it look that way. But for parties, I am an avoider first, and when it’s inevitable I am a hyper-planner (i.e. we’ll need 40 forks so I’ll get 60 in case half the people drop them…).

  758. Ariane says:

    I love making cute food for parties, but I go pretty simple on decorations. I keep wanting to be the huge planner, but it usually doesn’t work out that way.

  759. Stacy says:

    I go all out! Make plans for weeks!

  760. rachele says:

    Id like to think that I am a creative person but when it comes to party planning the buck stops there. Some extra help in party planning would be appreciated and needed. πŸ™‚

  761. Molly says:

    I spend too much time thinking about things and then wear myself out trying to get it all done last minute.

  762. kattie says:

    I always plan to stay simple, but then it still ends up being alot of work:)

  763. Suzie E says:

    Oh Mel, I could use this book too…..But I will say I assisted in a baby shower this past weekend and ALL the food on the table was from your blog! πŸ™‚ So you will now have new faithful followers…everything was a hit!!

  764. Lindsay says:

    I love to plan parties. For my girls I do the works but for my boys I keep it simple. Why waste energy on those that will not appreciate it!?

  765. K says:

    I like things to look nice, but try not to overwork myself in the process!

  766. Amanda says:

    I try to go all out, but alas am not so great at planning and end up frazzled, half-done, and exhausted by party time. I NEED this book!

  767. Lynzi Neville says:

    Hey, I first off just want to say how much I LOVE your blog. This is my go-to for any recipe. I have loved all the recipes I have tried. As far as the parties go… I am super simple, simple, simple! Maybe because decorating is not one of my strengths! I would love some fun ideas from this book! Thanks

  768. Amber says:

    I love to go all out! The house has to be sparkling clean and food all ready and yummy. However, I’m only a crafty want-‘ta- be though. So my tables and lay outs are delicious looking, but not the cutest! I’d love to have a book to help me out with that! πŸ™‚ Thanks for doing a fun drawing!

  769. Elizabeth says:

    Oh Melanie I am so envious of people with this type of talent. I am simple simple simple when it comes to decorating, but I wish I was more creative!

  770. Joyce says:

    I love party planning! Depending on the occasion, the party may range from simplicity at its finest to extravagance galore. Regardless, I always stick to the philosophy, more food is always better than not enough. I tend to have leftovers but, hey! That just makes the next few days a lot easier for me πŸ™‚

  771. Robin says:

    I must confess, I have 4 sons and never realized all the things I could do until I looked at blogs. I really could use some help in planning parties now for my grandchildren. But I do have to say I make a wonderful chocolate cake which everyone asks for at every party.

  772. Tanis says:

    I’m a party planner wannabee! I’ve got the desire – just need the ideas:) hint hint;)

  773. EM says:

    The food I serve is usually time-intensive to prepare, but I keep things simple as far as decorations or centerpieces. I usually don’t host parties, though, because with three small boys it looks like a tornado came through my house each day!

  774. Lana says:

    Oh lordy, I am so not good at planning things like this, despite my desire to be. The best I can do is host a football party and manage to get nachos and lil’ smokies.

  775. Lynne Anderson says:

    Parties are simple here–mostly family–not a real social bug.

  776. Vickie says:

    I am NOT a good party planner, and I have twins that are turning 1 in just 3 weeks! I have been searching online for good ideas, and I have a few things figured out, but I need to learn how to organize and create a coherent theme. It’s probably too late for this year, but what about all those future birthday parties? Please help me!

  777. Dana Campbell says:

    I am a sad disappointment to my mother who is an amazing party planner…for instance, she threw a party when we all had chicken pox so that other mothers could come get their kids infected…that’s how we rolled in my day. Anyway, polka dot theme everything, decorated to the hilt, and warm oatmeal baths for anyone who needed it. Her “un-birthday parties” were legendary…Alas, my parties are only cool in my head. πŸ™‚ There’s still hope for me yet, though!

  778. Ariane says:

    Party planning stresses me out BUT I will say I much rather cook then decorate. It does not stop me from planning, I am getting better at handling and would appreciate the time managment side of party planning and pacing myself with the whole thing!

  779. Sara says:

    I’m all about the food! Running out of something is unheard of, but decorations? What are those again?

  780. Kathy says:

    Simple but beautiful and, of course, delicious!

  781. Lyndy says:

    I go all out on the cake and then everything else gets forgotten about. This book would really help me out I think.

  782. Keri Harrison says:

    Im an over-abundant party planner. I’m always so worried there won’t be enough food or drink thati overcompensate – every time.

  783. Kiersten Anderson says:

    I love parties but am not the best planner, especially with making everything look so good. This book would be amazing!!

  784. Denise says:

    I plan ahead, do what I can day by day ahead of the party and do try to keep things elegantly simple. I used to go all out but found less was often best as the people gathered round ‘made’ the party. My food and decor set the atmosphere. I am always learning and love books. When I’ve read a good book I mail it to my daughter who lives in Kenya. She values any new ideas.

  785. Cookies4kids says:

    I do think I am a pretty good party planner. I start weeks ahead with the menu, decorations, etc. and have it pretty well in hand the day of. Sometimes, I think I am over organized which can lead to problems itself, LOL.

  786. sweetpea says:

    pretty simple, I’m afraid. I love planning the menu and the centerpiece (floral). Would love to have this book.

  787. Marissa says:

    I’m the kind of party planner that will go out of my way to not be involved in the planning in the first place. As in, I wait till the last possible second to throw close friends baby showers in hopes that anyone else will!

  788. Angie says:

    Simple, Simple, Simple!

  789. Claudine says:

    I’m the “big dreamer party planner”. I would LOVE to plan big parties, but when it comes right down to it, I seem to get exhausted before anything becomes elaborate. Everyone is fed well at my parties and has a good time πŸ™‚
    P.S. My sister just picked up the cookbook and said I MUST get a copy, too!

  790. Nancy says:

    Definitely a simpleton but I will jazz up the food! LOVE making treats!

  791. Heather says:

    I am simple as simple gets! I could use some ideas to make myself think a little more outside the “box”!! Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

  792. Alison says:

    I go all out in an attempt to create the appearance of effortless ease. And, I’m typically exhausted by the time that the festivities begin. This books sounds as if it could provide some much needed relief.

  793. Lauren says:

    This book looks fantastic! I could use some party planning ideas!

  794. Hillary says:

    I go ALL out! Except my glue gun just died! So I won’t be having any great parties until I get a new one!

  795. Corinne says:

    I am all for keeping it simple. Although I do try to make a fancy cake for each one of my five kids.

  796. Ellen says:

    I totally get overwhelmed having to clean the house and cook. Decorating is the last thing I think about and it usually doesn’t happen. But I would love to get some great ideas

  797. Amber says:

    I’m exactly like you…. I can make a great cupcake, but getting the party decorated leaves me scratching my head.

  798. Chris says:

    I do very casual, very simple, laid-back parties from which no one and I mean NO ONE ever leaves hungry!

  799. Andrea says:

    I love the idea of throwing a great party, but I’m not so great at the execution–particularly on the presentation side of things. One of my goals is to be a better hostess, so I know I’ll love this book! I can’t wait to check it out. (And if I win, that’ll be even better:) Thanks for a fun giveaway!

  800. Shauntel says:

    I admit, I tend to get a little out of control. Especially for my girls’ birthdays. I’m learning to keep things simple…or at least I’m trying! I’m a planner and just love a party!

  801. Meghan M says:

    I love planning my daughter’s birthday parties! I don’t go all out, but we always have a theme and something crafty.

  802. Roni says:

    Mel, you’re freaking hillarious! I want her hair too! Dessert making is my favorite and I go all out with that but have no idea how to put on a spread that’s worthy to call a party, I’m sure this book would help!

  803. Amy says:

    For me, simple is better! But, would love to have some new ideas! (Maybe I could change my “simple” ways!)

  804. Kerry says:

    I am all about simple. I try to do easy yummy food that looks nice. Then I try to do some really basic matching stuff, but make it pretty with some vases of flowers.

  805. Maudie the Maid says:

    I’m a wanna be party planning. I seem to always fall short of Martha Stewart.

  806. Ashlee says: