*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. Chris says:

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

  2. 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!

  3. 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!

  4. 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.

  5. 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!

  6. Amy says:

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

  7. 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.

  8. Maudie the Maid says:

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

  9. Ashlee says:

    I am simple. So simple in fact that one of my best friends asked if she could do everything but the food for her own baby shower because she knew I wouldn’t plan super cut-all out fun! I will say for myself though, I knock it out of the park with the food. Every. Time.

  10. VanessaG says:

    I love throwing parties! I’m a K teacher and a kid at heart so parties make me smile. I love having themed parties.my parties are pretty simple. Good food, a couple games, simple decorations, and 9 out of 10 parties, I make cupcakes! My favorite one I’ve had was a 50th bday party for my amazing mom. :)

  11. Leanna Hiner says:

    I go crazy pouring over cookbooks and magazines looking for fun things to bake. I like to be in charge of the cooking and leave the rest of the party stuff to someone else.

  12. cordelia says:

    I admire and dream about fantastic parties where everything fits a theme or mindframe. But when it comes down.to reality my past experiences have pretty much been my putting a lot of energy and time into the cookies or cakes and rushing at the last minute to throw everything else together. So if this book will help me sort through my chaotic routine then I would love to win!

  13. Jill says:

    I am a fan of partying it up. I am not an over-the-top decorator, but I put most of my energy into making the food centre stage. I would love a copy of this book to inspire me to pretty my surroundings a little too!

  14. Stacey Burke says:

    IF I were to have a party … I’d have simple but yummy food … very minimal decorations

  15. Leigh Anne says:

    I have all of these big dreams, plans, pinterest boards, but when the event rolls around….not much actually happens! haha! I do like to do a cool cake for the kids, but never even attempted a dessert table :)

  16. Meagan says:

    I go all out on the food, not so much the decorations. I want to be crafty, but I am challenged in that area.

  17. Ellen says:

    I am a HORRIBLE party planner and would LOVE and need the help desperately. I really appreciate those who were just born with the talent, but that’s certainly not me. I would love a copy of Amy Atlas’ book, Sweet Designs.

  18. Sarawit says:

    I go totally out and it is a lot of fun work. My daughter’s birthdays are a day apart so
    I do two parties back to back.

  19. I tend to keep it really simple. I think a vase of flowers and delicious food can go a long way!

  20. April H says:

    I’m somewhere between all and nothing. I can follow directions wonderfully, so this book would definitely help me be a better party planner!

  21. Leslie S says:

    I love the details, but I like to keep it simple. I love to craft, so I make a lot of decorations myself. Plus I love to cook, and for me, the food is a big part of every party.

  22. Brittany C. says:

    Oh I am the worst! I like to plan lot of fun food and go all out in that area. But I don’t give decorations any thought until it’s too late. And then I am ALWAYS scrabbling around trying to get everything done as the guests are arriving. I too am envious of my uber creative party planning friends that can whip up cute parties with no effort at all. I need all the help I can get! :)

  23. Anne says:

    I usually go big on the food (no frills, just deliciousness) and try to get my house somewhat orderly. Oh, and stress about playing hostess and making sure everyone’s having the best time ever… I would love some fun ideas.

  24. Amanda B says:

    First off, you don’t need Amy’s hair. Second off, I need to learn me some major
    Party planning skills. My only real need in hosting a party is good food. You help
    With that. However, I need someone to spell out the details for the rest. This book sounds like just the ticket.

  25. Carol Brown says:

    I am a burger and potato salad kind of party planner. I love to grill outside with paper plates and such so there is more party than planning. And actually there isn’t much planning involved at all. Especially if it’s potluck. Can’t wait for summer for that very reason!!

  26. Tracey says:

    I WISH I was a sweet party planner. I would love to have fancy shmancy parties with all of the darling decorations, etc. Unfortunately those things are only in my dreams! I could DEFINITELY use this book! :)

  27. Amy says:

    I am horrible at parties. I have high hopes but it always ends in paper plates from wal-mart &clear cups! Help me!

  28. norniea says:

    I’m a terrible party planner, am not creative, so I just dont ever host anything! But my son is getting married in August and I need to get with it! This will help me plan his open house!

  29. Kelly B says:

    Party planning? Not me. I really need this book as my skills in that department are really lacking. I would love to be a better party planner.

  30. Erica says:

    I dream about going all out and sometimes try but more often than not it is right in between not too simple but not the dream party . Hoping I get points for the effort.

  31. Alisha says:

    I have aspirations to be a great party planner but I am definitely simple for now.

  32. Michelle says:

    I am the simplest of simpletons when it comes to planning and decorating for a party. I won’t go fussy but could use a book with some stylish (simple!) ideas to egg me along. :-)

  33. Heather says:

    I’m pretty crafty, and I like to cook and bake, but I’m all for simple when it comes to parties. I think you can have a crazy good time with out actually going crazy. :)

  34. Peggy says:

    I think it is fun to plan and figure out what I think will please my guests.

  35. Chriss says:

    I’m in the middle somewhere… I love to go all out with food, but I go sparingly on the decorations.

  36. I always say, “I am going to keep it simple! Simplify! Simplify!” But before I can help myself, I am the girl who is up to the wee hours of the morning making little sheep and cow cupcakes for the barnyard next to the huge barn cake. It’s usually while I am laminating the farm animal puppets or making the perfect hand crafted goody bag that my husband comes in and says, “Way to keep it simple, Kath!” He is so right… it is a curse. I’m hoping by the 4th or 5th kid I will learn to just let go and truly keep it simple.

  37. Camille says:

    HELP! I need this book! I want to be that girl that throws the amazing parties, but I’m just not that creative! I am an ok cook, but putting it all together just fails me.

  38. Erin says:

    I am a ‘plan the everything from the table to the counter, from the floor to the ceiling’ kinda planner. Everything has to coordinate and I like to plan for months before I feel like it’s complete. ;)

  39. Stephanie says:

    I can make it taste great but lack the presentation!!!

  40. Sherri says:

    Honestly, I have a hostessing phobia. Working on it. ;-)

  41. Whitney R. says:

    I do go all out for the food, I try to do simple decorations.

  42. Patty says:

    I NEED this book! I live in Brazil over 9 months of the year & truly I think the Brazilians are right at the top of party planning. I would love to throw out some of these new ideas! I have a hard time matching anything other make, but I do love a party and love to invite EVERYONE! When there is fun music, makes it funner for all ages.

  43. Jennifer D. says:

    I am pretty simple, but my sister goes all out making me jealous!!

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