The Ultimate Host: Challenge #1

Challenge 1: Entertaining On a Dime

The first of the four challenges for the Sterling Ultimate Host contest is here! Click here if you missed the big announcement on The Ultimate Host Challenge earlier today!

Your mission: You have six guests coming over, a $75 budget and Sterling Vintner’s Collection Cabernet or Chardonnay. How do you put on a gathering for six on a shoestring budget? Everything must be included in your $75 budget!

How to enter: Submit your videos, pictures or text submissions to show us how you have done (or would complete) this challenge. Just click the “Enter Here!” button below. Submissions close on September 29.

What you’ll win: The winner of this challenge will receive a special host package as well as an invitation to the finale event in New York City in December for a chance to become the Sterling Ultimate Host and receive the cash prize ($40k –  yes, folks, thats FORTY THOUSAND DOLLARS) and an all-expense paid trip for four to Napa Valley! We’ll announce the winner on October 3 on the Sterling Ultimate Host Facebook tab. May the best host win!

COME ON PIZZAZZERIE READERS, I know you are ALL the ultimate hosts + hostesses, so enter to win! I look forward to seeing some of your entries!

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  1. Can we use items we already have? Do we need to keep receipts of the items we purchase? We consider the wine donated, correct?

    1. Anonymous says:

      I’m getting clarification for you on the items that are pre-owned, you do not need to keep receipts. Wine is PART of the $75 total.

      1. Anonymous says:

        **UPDATE** You Can use items you owned prior and they will not count against your $75 limit!

        1. Dorangela says:

          Courtney can we submit a wine party we already had that was under $75. I really recently did this for my sisters bday!! Thx. D

  2. Elizabeth says:

    Do we use the Sterling Vineyard’s website’s pricing of the wine when we figure the wine in the budget? ($17 for cabernet, $14 for chardonnay)

  3. Seananapa2 says:

    Some stores have had the Vintner’s Reserve wine for $7.77 (and there was a $3 off coupon on two bottles in one of the Sunday papers awhile back) : )

  4. Chelsea P says:

    Hi!! Thanks for giving me the info on the Ultimate host contest! I just submitted my video!!! It was so fun! Thanks Courtney!

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