Monday, April 2, 2012



I had just been thinking it was time for a giveaway for you, when what do you know, an email arrives in my inbox offering one of you a copy of a book just about to be released! times!

So today's your lucky day to win a copy of celebraTORI by Tori Spelling. (My husband was like "you mean Tori Spelling from 90210?" Yes, THAT Tori Spelling.) Who knew that this 90210 star would turn home party host? Well, she is and she has the goods!  Photobucket

Apparently party planning has been on the cards since she was 8, and debuted her party planning skills hosting her own roller skating themed party! She never looked back and has hosted events for many friends and family in her home ever since. In her new book to be launched on the 3rd April, Tori shares all her party secrets making "stylish" & "elegant" go hand in hand with "budget".


Here's a little blurb to get you excited:

In this delightfully entertaining, must-have party companion, Tori shares all the tips and tricks she’s learned from her most successful soirees (and a few train wrecks). It’s like having your own personal party planner for a fraction of the cost! 

And from Tori herself....

Planning and preparing are my favorite parts of the process. Truth be told, when it comes to the actual parties, I’m a nervous wreck. But there is a moment of joy. Mine comes when I see the party come together. The guests are flowing through the space, tasting food, trying out any activities, having conversations with friends and strangers. And when I see someone take a bite of dessert, or try out a photo booth costume, or smile as they pick up a favor, well, that makes it all worth it. 

Creating a party. It’s my favorite thing to do, and I’m inviting you, as my guest, to join me in the festivities. I know we’re going to have fun. 
Come—discover your inner party planner! 
Love, Tori
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So, here's the bit you've been waiting for. One lucky reader will win their own copy of Tori's book 'celebraTORI'.

To enter, all you have to do is leave a comment below telling us - 
1. The first ever party you hosted (flop or not!) 
2. The theme of an upcoming event. 

This giveaway is open to US residents only I'm afraid *sniff*. So make sure you enter you lucky Americans you!! :)
Entries close Friday 6th April, 2012  CLOSED

If you're not in the US and would like a copy you can pre order it here

I can't wait to read your comments, and good luck!

Thank you to all of you who entered, it has been a lot of fun to read your stories! You've got some great memories there. Make sure you have a read at all the comments if you haven't already.
But without further ado the winner of the book is ::
Sarah from A day in the life, congratulations!

Images // ediTORIal


  1. Parties always seem to come right down to the end and the stress is never-ending, but in the end I love every bit of it. I just finished a bowling party and have a rainbow party on my mind.

  2. this year my son wants a MONSTER party! And my daughter's second birthday is going to be a rainbow party.
    i am obsessed with tori - would love her book! :)
    erincyoung (at)

  3. I have been hosting parties for years and I am also a catering manager by trade. Soooo...I am going to say that my first children's party was 3 years ago for my daughter and it was an Elmo theme.

  4. My last party was for my daughter's 21st birthday.
    I gave her a grown Barbie party. It turned out great, she loved it!

  5. OH gosh. i love hosting parties. The first party I hosted was for my friends wedding reception and it was followed by another friends baby shower. At the time I had this wonderful backyard.
    So I strung up paper flowers all along the back yard in white. Along with the cake table all decked out. Then the following weekend was the baby shower so I got a couple of spray bottles with some food coloring (before spray mists were invented) and sprayed the flowers alternating colors of pink and yellow. Double duty for the flowers. Both parties were a hit.

  6. My daughters 1st birthday party...It was a fabulous learning experience and the party turned out great!!

  7. The first party I ever hosted was for my daughter's 1st birthday. I was a single mom at the time, going to college and living in a dinky apartment. Nevertheless, I invited everyone I knew to come celebrate and we all crammed (standing and sitting on the floor) into my tiny living room. I made a sheet cake and frosted it to look like a monkey swinging from a tree. I also served homemade cheese quesadillas. Good times! Right now I'm planning a 1st birthday party for my fourth child, who'll be one in July. I've come a long way since the sheet cake and quesadillas so I'd love to have Tori's book to give me ideas and inspiration! Crossing my fingers that I win!! -Amber (

  8. My boy turns three is June and I can't wait for our cowboy round-up! I know he's going to love the pony rides!

  9. My first party was my son's 1st birthday, which happened just some months ago. The theme was pirates.

    I'm already planning his next birthday with Dora the Explorer as theme. He loves her ¡¡¡

  10. The first party I ever hosted was a dinner party, which turned out great despite almost burning down the house!

    Currently, I'm planning a safari theme 1st birthday!

  11. I LoVE to Party plan, wether it be for me or for a friend!! The first party I can remember that I planned would be for my sister sweet sixteen France themed party!! My next planning is for my House warming party in July, me and my new hubby bought a home and are Soo excited to show it off!!! Tori, I love Ur style and know that with Ur helpful ideas my party will be off the hook!!!

  12. I'm hosting my sweet baby boy's first birthday party soon. He's our third (and last) and I'm hoping everything will turn out exactly as it looks in my head!

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  14. My first event was a baby shower for daughter, which lead to my grandson's 1st bday. He just turned 3 and we he had a power ranger party. I learn more and more each day

  15. Like others the first party I hosted was my sons 1st birthday. Being new parents and early in our careers we made everything ourselves and just invited everyone we knew. It was fun and really gave me an initial template to work from. 10 years later I still enjoy hosting parties, signing up for all the PTA events and offering my help and home to friends who want to have Thirty One and other home shopping parties. The biggest event every year is still my sons birthday party. Even though it isn't until Sept, I start planning in March to make sure he and I agree on all the details and to give myself time for the homemade projects. Being a working mom, it's hard to do many of those things last minute. Winning this book would be so awesome because I LOVE Tori! She does such a good job on parties, it would be interesting to see how she manages it all and what her steps for throwing the best parties are!

  16. My first part was for my son's 1st birthday! Still remember how stressed I was :)

  17. First party I ever hosted was my daughter's 1st birthday party. It was candy themed with all sorts of old fashioned candy set up in apothecary jars. We had a cupcake bar and cake too. It was a 1st time success for me. It was nerve wracking to throw the party toGether but once the guests arrived those nerves went away! I love planning parties! Especially the invitations , decorations, and fun games or ice breakers!

  18. I'm hosting a bridal shower soon - eek!

  19. As a teenager I had a toga party. Unfortunately, I forgot to send out the invites until the day of the party. Only 4 people showed up, that included me. So sad but I learned my lesson. Hopefully my party throwing skills will get better. We're having an election party this year. If all goes well there then so will the economy, right?!

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