Monday, June 25

DiSCOVER | Mermaids & Martinis by Hilary Pereira

The FREE art print I shared on Friday was inspired by the unlikeliest of places...
A party planning book I was asked to review...


Hilary is a New York based celebrity party planner who has decided to share 
all of her fabulous party planning secrets with us.
 Her goal?
To help anyone "Throw a FiNtastic party" by "Turning Your Party Into a Memory"


As I read through the pages...
 I was unexpectedly inspired in ways I didn't see coming.
Among the treasure trove of priceless party planning advice...
I also uncovered inspirational gems buried within the text itself.


Not only do these jewels of passages from Hilary apply to party planning...
they beautifully spillover into applying them to everyday life.
Here are a few more of my favorites:

"...being fully present is the best present you can give your guests [family]."
"It's really all about living in the moment and making people feel special."
"'s the small things that make life big."
"Keep your energy aligned with all the greatness that is headed your way."
and lastly...

"...the people, places, and things we are inspired by are lighthouses leading the way to the bigger destination of
whatever we are working towards at that time".

In addition to all of THAT wonderful inspiration...
the book is filled to the hilt with valuable information related to every aspect of the party planning process.


Some of my favorite topics included are:
Suggested shopping sites
Favor/gift ideas
The three F's of entertaining
Invitation Etiquette
Photography Tips
Downloadable Planning Worksheets
28 Party Themes Ideas
Packing your Mini Treasure Chest - Tool Box
Appropriate Tipping Etiquette


You'll also find recipes, ways to keeping your budget trim, party game ideas and so much more. 


Giveaway starts today...(Monday)
                                                                      Giveaway closes at 12:01a.m. Friday. 
Winner announced Friday,  June 29th. 
Open to U.S. Residents Only.

ENTRY #240 - Amy Kenyon

I was excited and honored to have been asked to review Mermaids & Martinis.
Now I'm even more excited to give you the opportunity to
win your own copy...
(I promise the book the winner receives won't be written in or highlighted - I'll let you do that on your own). *wink*

Good luck to everyone...
and THANK YOU in advance for participating!

Sending a HUGE "Thank You" to Hilary Pereira for the tremendous inspiration in this fabulous book...
as well as for the opportunity to share a copy of Mermaids & Martinis with my readers!!

If you aren't the patient sort...

Don't be surprised...
You may see more FREE art prints created using some of the text from Hilary's book...LOVE the inspiration.

Ever heard of "Hostess Slippers"?
I hadn't until I read the book.

and I'm SO stealing the "Rose Water" recipe idea in this book. Can't wait to try it!
I promise to share!!! *wink*


Southern Belles Charm June 25, 2012 at 11:07 AM  

I am currently planning a Vintage Fall Wedding. Would love to win the book to read more about how others approach the party planning process.

elizabeth June 25, 2012 at 11:09 AM  

I'm planning an outdoor bbq/bacon party in a few weeks!

Brandy June 25, 2012 at 11:11 AM  

This is my favorite type of book to read!! I love to entertain and will throw a party at the drop of a hat. I tried reading around the confetti dots in your photos and love what I could read so far: such down-to-earth tips and tricks!!

I always have birthday parties for my 4 little ones in the works and am starting to think of a 40th birthday bash for my twin (me, too!!)

Thanks for the chance to win this one!!

Erin K.,  June 25, 2012 at 11:14 AM  

I am planning a few summer fun parties and can never have enough help with planning. This book looks fabulous!

Amy Kenyon June 25, 2012 at 11:46 AM  

Im in planning stages for my sons birthday...would love some mermaid help :)

Barry and Rena June 25, 2012 at 12:17 PM  

Next party Im planning is going to be my daughters birthday party! Not sure of the theme yet!

Chaukeisia,  June 25, 2012 at 12:25 PM  

I love party planning books because they provide you with so much inspiration and ideas. I would love to have this in my collection. The party I am planning is a 40th Birthday Party with a pink and silver color theme

Magali,  June 25, 2012 at 1:23 PM  

This book looks amazing, thanks for sharing and for the chance to win!
I am planning a summer birthday party for my friend.

Stephanie Young,  June 25, 2012 at 1:46 PM  

This book is beautiful and insightful! I would love to use the inspiration to plan my sister's bridal shower.

Thank you for sharing the giveaway!

tinab158 June 25, 2012 at 1:48 PM  

My daughter is currently planning a bridal shower...the 6th bridal and/or baby shower in 3 years. This book would be perfect...since she's running low on ideas. Most of the showers are attending by the same circle of a book of fresh ideas would help.

Thanks for the opportunity to win.

tinab158 at hotmail dot com

Lorraine Schratz,  June 25, 2012 at 2:25 PM  

I am planning a meet & greet for incoming college freshmen & their parents. No one will know each other before the party. I can figure out basic decorations & food, but it would be great to have some new ideas.

Barbara June 25, 2012 at 4:06 PM  

I'm planning a murder mystery dinner and I love to entertain. This looks like it has great ideas, and would be a great resource. Rose water on the hand towels, love it!

Thank you for the review and chance to win

Allison June 25, 2012 at 4:18 PM  

Hilary was a childhood friend of mine and I knew she would become someone spectacular someday! This book is so well done and is full of creative and unique ideas. I am always looking for ideas to celebrate my twin daughters' birthday parties. We are thinking butterfly garden theme this year.

Anika Louise June 25, 2012 at 6:52 PM  

I'm planning a baby shower and my own birthday party. I host numerous events, and I cannot get enough new ideas for entertaining!

Anonymous,  June 25, 2012 at 7:09 PM  

I am planning my sons 4th birthday party.

Thanks for the giveaway!


Athienna June 26, 2012 at 8:13 AM  

The next party I am throwing is my best friends 30th birthday party in July!

Jen June 26, 2012 at 11:31 AM  

Looks like there is a lot of great inspiration here. I am always in the midst of planning something fun, even if it's just for our family at home. I dream of throwing parties for my friends, my kids' birthdays, and for the holidays!

Sheryl June 27, 2012 at 11:15 PM  

Very inspiring! Thank you.

Sheryl June 27, 2012 at 11:18 PM  

The next party I am planning is my daughter's 7th birthday/pool party. I almost always have something in the works and this book will help keep the creative juices flowing! Thanks.

Jessica Kirkland June 30, 2012 at 12:02 PM  

Thank you to everyone who participated in this giveaway! The winner has officially been selected and emailed. Check out the announcement on the blog to see if it was you!!

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