{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! 

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  1. TamaraPodellMand says:

    I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to win this book because I just re-did our dining room (yay!!!!) and it came out exactly as I envisioned and I am so proud of it! There are so many people I have been meaning to invite over… and now that it’s done I want to enjoy using the room and need some great ideas!

  2. I would totally LOVE to win a copy of this book as it has a tremendous amount of useful information for someone just starting out in the event planning business- like myself!

  3. vanessagrantevents says:

    Finally a Party Planning book! Yes!!! I am so hoping this could be the first of my party planning book collection. Although I was expecting Pizzazerie’s book to be! Either way I would be super stoked.

  4. Annaelizz says:

    I would love to win this book because I love to plan parties! Kimberly is an amazing event planner and I would just love to have a copy of her book.

  5. pizzazzerie says:

    @vanessagrantevents So sweet! This one is definitely a must have for a party planning collection. My book is *actually* less about parties and more about food – will announce the topic/subject soon :)

  6. NaomiVGoodman says:

    Yay! As a wedding planner we all know planning a party can be different…I cannot wait to entertain in our new home and this book {whether I win or not} will be a part of my entertaining library!

  7. CharityWedding says:

    Ha! I was expecting your book too!! I was amazed it was ready to go already! But I would be thrilled to have this book as well! I think of this as the party season of our lives weddings, babies, etc. Any tips are appreciated!

  8. Miriam Corona says:

    I would love to read your about party planning tips & experiences. I’m fairly new to this industry and I am always seeking advice from other wedding professionals! This would be a great add to my book collection.

  9. NaomiVGoodman says:

    @CharityWedding I thought the same thing!

  10. pizzazzerie says:

    @NaomiVGoodman@CharityWedding Will be March for my book :)

  11. Although the industry is saturated with women, I’m a male party planner and I would love the opportunity to prove I am man enough to put this pink book on my bookshelf of references :-)

  12. Nickel022241 says:

    I would love to win this book. I always love books on parties and entertaining and look though them often, as I am “the friend” everyone turns to when they need a party.

  13. gillespie.jill says:

    I love hosting parties! This book would be a great addition to my coffee table books (and would by far have the prettiest cover!).

  14. jessicaanniecarter says:

    I love to entertain and could always use more ideas. Thank you!

  15. amandaisrad16 says:

    I would love to learn more about party planning and to start having wonderful parties. Thank You!!

  16. christina.glaser says:

    I love to throw parties to bring together friends and I’ll love to learn more tips to make them more fun!

  17. jschneider says:

    I would love to win this book – I’m working with a life coach to start my own party planning business!

  18. blessedmomof5 says:

    I would love to develop my confidence with parties and this book would be perfect. Thank you and great interview.

  19. apartystudio says:

    This book looks like it’d have a lot of inspiration :)

  20. I grew up with a family of 9 brothers and 3 sisters and there really wasn’t a lot of time for my parents to entertain,although we always ate our dinners together around one big table. I think that is why I still find it important for my family to sit around a table (a much smaller one) to enjoy dinners together. I am constantly looking for great buys and bargains to create a fun and inviting table for both family and friends. Also with such a large family we seem to always be planning bridal showers,baby shower and all types of parties. Therefore,I would love to win this book!!

  21. JessySimonson says:

    I would love this book! I am the party planner of my family and friends, so any ideas and tips are always welcomed. Nothing is more satisfying than bringing the people I love to share a meal, a celebration or just to be together!

  22. LaurenTubbSoukup says:

    I would love to win this book!!! I really enjoy hosting parties, and I know this book will give me some great ideas.

  23. creative_mommy says:

    I would love to win this book because I love to plan parties for friends and families but most of all I love love love to plan parties for my sons. I believe children’s parties are very imporant for them because it creates wonderful memories. From planning parties for them I have decided to eventually one day hopefully sooner than later start my own event planning business this book would be a great start so I could get what I am sure will be GREAT tips ;-)

  24. imnotafruit says:

    I hope this is not limited to US residents only as I am based in Germany. I would really love to win this because since I moved here 3 years ago I have not attended a fabulous (read: organized, well-planned, well-decorated…*im not sure if im attending the wrong parties :-(*) party. I’m planning to host a party i think this will help me a lot in organizing it.

    Ive been a silent follower since then. Thank you for the inspiration!

  25. iFrostcakes says:

    I love to win this fabulous book. I love entertaining and need more ideas .. Thank you :)

  26. This book would be perfect for me, as i am embarking on an event planning career, taking my first event planner course in the fall :). Hosting parties and events, always fills my soul joy.

  27. TeroniaBayonne says:

    It’s nice to have a book from the perspective of someone who kind of fell into the business. I am looking to do the same thing, this book would really help.

  28. I would love to win this beautiful book to give to my niece! She is the party planner in our family and this would really be great for her!


    Kim Pigue

  29. _NathalieOates says:

    I love all aspects of party planning and this book would be a perfect addition to my library! I am a college student currently working on my wedding and event planning certification! Thanks so much!

    Nathalie Oates

  30. shannonrae72 says:

    I am the ultimate party planner in my group of friends. I would love to add this book to my collection.

  31. sugarwithatwist says:

    I absolutely need a book like this

  32. reneem8818 says:

    I am always looking for books like this at the book store but they are always for weddings! Would LOVE to win!

  33. ClassyEventO says:

    I LOVE planning parties and I need this book!!

  34. S.bevins1108 says:

    Living in the South we always are throwing a party for something. This book would help me with the details that I might be missing. I would be extremely grateful if I won this book.
    Thank you for the chance?

  35. I think planning is crucial for having a great party and really makes the hostess feel confident knowing that all those details have been thought about and planned ahead.

  36. stitch-angel says:

    I am just beginning to plan parties and after reading the interview, I believe this would be the very BEST book to help me with my planning. Thank you for offering this wonderful book!

  37. alexismurphy09 says:

    The book looks fabulous! I would love to read her insight into party planning…

  38. angekruger says:

    I love to plan events for my family and friends. Lately the parties have been larger and I have a harder time planning for larger groups and I would love to have the charts and organizational tips that Kimberly includes in her books. Thank you for creating this wonderful site!

  39. this would be a lovely book to have!

  40. lovetocook says:

    I think this looks like an incredibly beautiful and amazing planning book! I enjoy planning parties and I get so much satisfaction from the enjoyment of the party I have put together! This book would be a great asset to have! Thanks for the amazing work!

  41. I want to start entertaining friends and family more so I think this book would be a great inspiration and save me from some entertaining disasters!

  42. MaribelHavice says:

    I need to start entertaining friends and family, I need this book.

  43. I need to start entertaining friends and family, I need this book.

  44. I need to start entertaining friends and family, I need this book.

  45. I am in love with all of Kimberly’s Schiegel Whitman’s entertaining ideas. This would be a wonderful guide to help me entertain.

  46. WilmaraHenriquezManuel says:

    Seriously!!! I love Southern Living Magazine…this would be a fabulous addition to my collection!

  47. MarcieLenick says:

    would love to win this!!!

  48. DebbieNolenWoods says:

    Beautiful book! Would love to win it! :)

  49. Wow, love love love the book – so pretty. Can’t wait to read it.. Would love to win it b/c I love hosting parties for my family and friends.

  50. HappyAnnie says:

    Entertaining is Another Form of Art…. It’s All About the Presention! :-)

  51. Lkirkpatrick says:

    I’m a professional event/meeting panned and always love to stay on top of the best ideas in the industry. I can’t wait to get this book!!!

  52. Such a beautiful book and I’m sure full of amazing ideas and inspiration. I’d love to win it so I can learn from Kimberly and soak up all her event planning wisdom and creativity!

  53. ChristineRoySummers says:

    I would love to use this book to help plan my daughter’s next birthday party!

  54. I would LOVE to win this book! It would be perfect to plan adorable parties!!!

  55. it would be a helpful guide to planning perfect parties

  56. rowecarrie says:

    I would LOVE to win this book!!! I LOVE to plan parties and I LOVE party books!!!

  57. CallieAnn says:

    This book looks like it would be an absolutely lovely read! I would love to have it on hand as a source of inspiration when planning parties for my family and friends.

  58. EliseButler says:

    Too much party inspiration is never enough! I love the “open door policy” Kimberly talks about her parents having – that is what I am striving for in my home too. I would love to get more into the “nuts and bolts” of party planning, especially the charts Kimberly refers to for catering for larger numbers of guests. What a brilliant idea to help us novices take out the guess work and save time and money, leaving more in our budgets for the precious and super-special details. Thank you for writing this book!

  59. splendidweddingco says:

    I love to plan parties. I started with a focus on weddings only but found thatI enjoy planning any type of party. This book looks gorgeous! I enjoyed reading this interview.

  60. JamieAnnell says:

    plz plz plz can i win this as i am throwing my 8 year old her first ever PROPER party, and need all the help i can get !!!!

  61. jenniferbarbaraanne says:

    Hi! I would love to win this book! I’m starting my own party planning business in the UK and have been using a lot of US blogs for inspiration. You guys know how to throw a pretty party! I think this could be invaluable and I’d put it to good use! x

  62. I love throwing parties and this looks like a fun guide!

  63. naoise.mcnally says:

    Planning my own wedding has me in a tizz about all the things to do, would love to have this as a guide to help me through all the things I’m certain I don’t know…

  64. DolcetEvents says:

    I am on Pizzazzerie CONSTANTLY!! Love it :) I am a wedding planner and get a lot of party inspiration from the site. The best inspiration comes from people who truly are in love with what they do- and it shows!! Best of luck with the book! <3

  65. TracyLeighHuffman says:

    I recently discovered Pizzazzerie on Twitter and fell in LOVE with the wonderful ideas! I am the “party planner” among my friends and family! I am currently working on a Christmas Tea for a friend! I would love to have this book to help me organize my small events as well as give me some fresh ideas! Thanks for all the great ideas you post!

  66. StacyChicantekWilson says:

    I love to plan a party and would love to learn all I can from a party expert!!

  67. I first read of Kimberly in a recent issue of Southern Living. I loved her outdoor table setting. I immdediately began reading her blog and liked her facebook page. I am a big fan of her style. I live in Charlotte, NC and am a busy working in and out of home momma! I would love to have her book and her uber advice! Warmly, Gigi Poveromo, Charlotte, NC

  68. I have just started doing parties for friends and this would be an excellent specimen for my collection!! It looks too fun!

  69. I’d love to win this book, to help me be more organized and efficient at planning parties. There’s a sip n see in my future, and it’s a little overwhelming at times!

  70. I would love to add this book to my collection. I can never hear enough helpful tips from talented event professionals.

  71. I would love to win this book because I LOVE to plan parties and I am always looking for new ideas!

  72. Gianna Patton says:

    I would love to win this book because I love throwing parties, but I could certainly use some help and fresh ideas. It would be wonderful to stress less and enjoy more!


  73. Would love to look at all the pretty pictures for inspiration… I need to throw a party soon and put all these wedding gifts to good use! :-)

  74. Courtney Shelton says:

    I would love to win this book as I’m about to start my own event coordinating business very soon… and can always use great tips from the master!

  75. I love planning, giving, thinking about, reading about and attending PARTIES!! Would love to win this book!!

  76. Nicola M. says:

    I’d love to win this book, not for me, but for a friend. She organizes amazing parties but doesn’t have the confidence to take it farther. Something like this might encourage her to take advantage of her skills and hopefully make more beautiful events in the future!

  77. Lindsey Wilson says:

    I would LOVE to win this book. A few months ago I became engaged and started the task of planning my wedding. I stumbled upon the world of party planning and immediately fell in love. I cannot wait for an excuse to throw an amazing party for someone and am counting down the days until my wedding. I would love this book for all of it’s amazing inspiration and eye candy.

  78. What an an awesome opportunity to win this great book! I love planning parties and would love to have something to keep me ORGANIZED! In addition to inspire me!

  79. 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!

  80. 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!

  81. 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!

  82. 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!

  83. 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!

  84. 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!

  85. 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.

  86. 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!

  87. 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!!

  88. 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!

  89. Cathy Terrill says:

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

  90. 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! :)

  91. Brandy Kleinhans says:

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

  92. 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!

  93. 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.

  94. I would love this book! I love entertaining or planning parties for others and Kimberly is absolutely precious!

  95. I would love this book! Trying to plan any party for me is stressful, and I love to plan them so much! I need some pro help lol! Need some new ideas, and advice my way!

  96. I would love to win… I told my 4 year old niece I would plan her a Angelina Ballerina Party for her 5th Birthday & if I dont win.. Im going to still purchase the book!

  97. I’d love to win this book! We all may think we’re Martha Stewart’s or Kimberly Whitman’s, but we’re not and could use some new tips and tricks! Bring it on baby!

  98. I would LOVE to win this book for my daughter and I. We are just starting a new Party Planning Business and this would be so helpful. I am positive there are many sweet ideas in the book that would get us even more business. :)

  99. Patty Villoldo says:

    As a party planner by nature I never tire to read and research others creativity… It actually gets my creative juices following with ideas and inspirations. Winning this book would be a great help as i am planning a huge family reunion event and would love some fabulous ideas to make the grand!! It will be the first time whole will be together since my brother passed a away a few years back… So it’s an extremely important event for me. Thank you and good luck to all.

  100. Lisa Brakebill says:

    Ohhhh why would I love this book? It would give me ideas to throw LOTS of parties! Inspiration!!!

  101. Would totally love to win this new book! I always seek inspiration. While I don’t love to judge the book by its cover, it sure looks like it contains creative ideas galore.

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