Are You The Ultimate Host?


CHALLENGE #1 is LIVE – Entertaining on a Dime!

“We’re on a search to find the host who can tackle any occasion with ease while maintaining a flare for creativity! Think you have what it takes? Check out the challenge below (there will be four total, posted every couple of weeks) and put your hosting know-how to the test.

Winners from each challenge will win a gift basket and the chance to compete in a grand finale event in New York City for the top prize: a trip for four to Sterling Vineyards in Napa Valley, a cash prize ($40,000 – yes, THAT many zeros), and the opportunity to serve as the Ultimate Host expert for Sterling.”


You may have seen me hint about this exciting post last week when I was in Napa Valley, California visiting the gorgeous Sterling Vineyards! I’m thrilled to have partnered with Sterling along with 3 other chosen bloggers (below) and Padma Lakshmi from Top Chef to act as the judging panel for the Ultimate Host Challenge! Sterling is California’s 5th most visited destination!

The prizes are phenomenal. Each of the CHALLENGE WINNERS will be a finalist and flown to NEW YORK CITY in December to compete, meet the judges and Padma! The final winner will win $40,000, a trip out to Napa’s Sterling Vineyards (believe me, it’s paradise on earth), and a chance to do some fun projects with Sterling Vineyards as a spokesperson! 

Aly Walansky of
Brandon Robinson of
Lauren Barth of Glam
Courtney Dial of Pizzazzerie

Each of us will be sharing expert tips over on Sterling Vineyard’s Facebook Page so hop over to read them all! 

Check out this video from Padma Lakshi about the contest!

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  1. Kandice M says:

    What a fun challenge! I’m in! Just to clarify, $75 does not include the wine, correct? :) because if not, with my friends, that budget would be shot! Ha.

  2. Kandice M says:

    What a fun challenge! I’m in! Just to clarify, $75 does not include the wine, correct? :) because if not, with my friends, that budget would be shot! Ha.

    1. Anonymous says:

      Update :) It DOES include the wine! $75 for everything.

      1. And, what about items you already have?

        1. Anonymous says:

          You may use items you already have (and this will not count towards your $75 budget) :)

    1. I’m curious too. What are the parameters when it comes to using items you may already own?

      1. Anonymous says:

        I’m checking on that exact question right this second so I’ll let ya’ll know as soon as I find out!

        1. i am curious about using items we already have too. do you need receipts for new items/food? and we have to buy the wine and deduct that from our $75? thanks!

  3. For the contest is there a limit to photos of your party you upload? Or would a photo board.collage be better. I want to make sure all detaisl are captured and shown to the judges so I know just one picture won’t do. thanks!!!

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