{Giveaway} The Party Planner by Kimberly Schlegel Whitman

the party planner book

I’m super excited to share today’s post: Interview with Kimberly Schlegel Whitman + giveaway of her latest book, The Party Planner! Kimberly has been a friend and supporter of mine since I started Pizzazzerie and she’s also a fellow author at our publisher, Gibbs Smith! She’s also the new Editor-At-Large for Southern Living Magazine. Full of grace + style, all of Kimberly’s books are fabulous for entertaining lovers, especially The Party Planner!

Her latest book is drop.dead.gorgeous and a MUST HAVE for all party-lovers. It’s full of fabulous sections on style, menu planning, organizing, etc. Plus, cute little tips from Kimberly sprinkled throughout. I honestly might have to use it to organize my wedding as it’s that fabulous.



1. What inspired you to be a party + entertaining expert? Have you always loved throwing parties?

I loved watching my mother throw parties as I was growing up. My parents always had an open door and a “the more the merrier” attitude. I loved that! I am also totally type A but love the creative process so organizing events was a fun way for me to put both in to practice! I went to SMU and studied Art History thinking that I would be an Art Historian. I moved to New York and was in the Christies Education Program while I was planning my Idlewild Debut in Dallas. The party planning process was so exciting and I realized that I really had a passion for it. I didn’t realize that I could make a living from it until my mother’s friends started asking to borrow her extensive collection of china and linens. I had an Ah ha! moment when she joked and said “we should be charging for this!”

2. What one piece of advice do you have for women interested in the event + entertaining industry?

Work for experienced professionals that you respect. Volunteer at Charity Events. Get as much experience as possible before diving in. I did the opposite and I wish that I had learned my mistakes before I started my own business!

3. Do you have a favorite type of party to plan? Birthdays? Showers? Weddings?

They are all wonderful because the are celebrations of life’s most memorable moments. I have really enjoyed planning children’s parties for my little toddler because they enjoy them in such an unabashed way but, honestly, nothing beats a Wedding!

4. When planning a party, what are some of the small details that you love to incorporate?

I love stationery and graphic design so I love going the extra step of using place cards and menu cards or putting special tags on party favors. I think paper products are a great way to tie a party or look and theme together from the first impression (the invitation) to the parting gift.

5. How will this book help readers pull together their next party?

There are tips for everything and little lessons that I learned that I hope will really be helpful. There are charts so that you know how much wine to buy if you are entertaining 10 people, 25 people, 1oo people, etc. It is full of checklists and charts so that you can be assured that you are not missing anything. It is also a three-ring binder and it has pocket dividers so you can add your own notes, inspirations and ideas.

6. What are a few trends in parties that you are loving these days?

I love that more people are entertaining at home again. Isn’t it the most warm and welcoming environment?

7. I noticed you’re the Southern Living Editor-At-Large! Congratulations! Can we expect to see more party + entertaining ideas in our favorite Southern magazine?

I am so honored to be a part of the Southern Living team. They are amazing! I have been a Southern Living subscriber for years so this is a dream come true for me. You might see some of my Thanksgiving Tips in the November issue and a Christmas idea of mine in the December issue! I hope you caught my Alfresco Entertaining story in August!

Visit Kimberly’s Website to learn more about Kimberly + her entertaining books!

the party planner book giveaway

To enter to win a copy of Kimberly Schlegel Whitman’s latest book – THE PARTY PLANNER, simply leave a comment below letting us know why you’d love to win! Limit 1 entry per contestant. Deadline to enter is Tuesday, September 6th at 11:59pm EST. Winner will be announced Wednesday, September 7th.

**Giveaway CLOSED**

Congratulations Jill Gillespie! You are the winner, we will be emailing you soon! 


  1. 81
    Natalie G. says:

    I would love to win because we are finally close to the finish line on redoing our home (doing it all by ourselves!) and would love to through some awesome holiday parties. I know the basics but would love to take it to the next level, which I’m sure this book will do!

  2. 82
    Kia Kehrer says:

    If I won, this book would totally help me with the party planning side of my business! Would LOVE to get it!

  3. 83

    Thank you for a chance to win Kimberly Schlegel Whitman’s “The Party Planner” book! I also watched my parents give parties as a way to fellowship with their friends and making new friends, so I love everything about parties!

  4. 84

    I love parties! Sounds like a great book!

  5. 85
    Aubrey Whiting says:

    I would absolutely love to win this book! I am currently in school getting my BA in Business Tourism and a certificate in Special Events Management. My dream is to own my own event planning company. This book would be my most prized possession. I would use it all the time! I’d love to flip through the pages and soak up all of the creativity & knowledge in there!

  6. 86

    I would so love to win because I love to host parties and if I could do it using tips from an expert, I know I would love my parties even more!

  7. 87
    Mary Lozano says:

    I would love to have this as I am always looking for classy and unique ways to entertain to have the WOW factor!

  8. 88
    Melissa Martinez says:

    I have a small library I keep for reference and tips on event planning and this would make a fantastic addition. I enjoy hosting parties for family events, as well as, working in the event planning industry in Chicago.

  9. 89

    Love love love! I have been throwing elaborate theme parties every birthday since I was 6 (and before that my sister and i had some pretty epic birthday parties for our cats). I love reading about new fabulous party books and would love to add this to my library!

  10. 90

    With the holidays approaching, I really want to throw some stylish get togethers! I would love to win this beautiful book!

  11. 91
    Becky DEgidio says:

    This would be a FABULOUS addition to my “party planning arsenol” ;D
    I was a wedding & event planner for 13 years, prior to my little man’s arrival :).. have been “dipping my toes” back into the game this past year and now that kiddo has officially started kindergarten I’m ready to JUMP in — full steam ahead!!

  12. 92

    I would love to win this book! What an amazing resource for the creative Moms and party planners among us! I can’t wait to read it cover to cover!

  13. 93
    Cathy Terrill says:

    I would LOVE to win this book. I so enjoy hosting parties with all the special details. The book looks awesome!!

  14. 94

    I would LOVE to win. This books looks fantastic!!

  15. 95
    Mika Hartman says:

    My inner creative thoughts are always turning, but my very sweetest friend always has a hard time thinking outside the box. I would love to help her find her creative mojo so she could “party” shine… This book I would borrow for sure, but it would be for her! :)

  16. 96
    Brandy Kleinhans says:

    Um … YES!! Planning three parties right now, and while I love it … I could use some organized inspiration, for sure!

  17. 97

    I have become the go-to party planner among my family and friends, so I’d LOVE to win :)

  18. 98

    It’s about sharing and going above and beyond what you thought you could do! I love to plan parties and entertain – to make sure my home is ready for love, laughter, and friends! I would love to have this book and more…A pro’s perspective is so helpful!

  19. 99

    I would love to win because I am the party planner in my family and I am also a catering manager and cater parties for a living.

  20. 100

    I am always looking for new ideas – I would love the book!

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