GIVEAWAY – Party Planning Book

By Shannon Gosney
In Giveaways
January 28, 2009

I have yet another giveaway for my loyal blog readers. Plan your next child’s party using the help and guidance of “Dear Peppers and Pollywogs…What Parents Want to Know About Planning Their Kids’ Parties, ” from Peppers and Pollywogs.

The book talks about preparing for the parties, who to invite, how much to spend on gifts, whether you should give goody bags or not, and more! The founder of Dear Peppers and Pollywogs, Lisa Kothari, also has a website you can visit – click here.

How to Enter:

– Leave a comment with your favorite birthday party memory, whether as a kid or as an adult.

For extra entries:

– Follow me on my blog (must follow throughout the end of the contest)
– Click on one of the ads on the right side of my page at the top
– Wish someone you know a “Happy Birthday”
– Create a post about my giveaway on your blog (leave me a link to your page in the comment)


– You must have a way for me to contact you, either through Google blogs or leave an email address.
– Mailing address must be in the US.
– Contest will end at midnight PST on February 4th, 2009. Winner will be drawn at random and announced on my blog on February 5th.


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Shannon Gurnee is the author of RedheadMom formerly "The Mommy-Files", a national blog with a loyal following. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Marriage, Family, and Human Development with a Minor in Business Management. Shannon and her husband, Frank, have a large family with 6 awesome kids and love living on the Central Coast near San Luis Obispo, California, as well as traveling around the world. A full-time Social Media and Professional Blogger, Shannon also serves as a National Brand Ambassador for many well-known companies. Her blog focuses on motherhood, family fun activities, traveling, fashion, beauty, technology, wedding ideas and recipes while providing professional opinions on products, performances, restaurants, and a variety of businesses.

48 Responses to “GIVEAWAY – Party Planning Book”

  1. Carrie says:

    I didn’t really have birthday parties as a kid, so the first big party I’d been a major part of was my son’s first birthday last August. It was simple, but fun!

  2. Twinz mama says:

    My 21st birthday! It was a surprise and there were SO many people that came!

  3. Danielle says:

    It was my 13th B-day I had a huge sleep over & we made a ton of noice!


  4. Tia says:

    The best birthday memory I have is of my big 3-0! My husband threw a surprise party for me and I was so shocked! I am not on blogger so I could not figure out how to follow you but I have bookmarked your site! Great scores at Safeway!!

  5. Jessica Morris says:

    I have so many fond memories of my birthday parties when I was a kid… my mum did them “the old fashioned” way – balloons on the mailbox, pass the parcel, pin the tail, hiding candy in the backyard, BBQs, treat bags etc. We never had “event” parties or expensive parties, but they were FUN. And now that I am in my 20’s my friends still occasionally mention how fun my mum made those parties!

    With my own littles now the pressure is on!!


    didn’t have parties as a kid but my sons 5th was awesome with the ballons and the friends and we swam and had a blast


    clicked on diaper daddy- lol at the tongs

  8. gkstratos says:

    I friend once threw me a surprise birthday. It was truly a surprise.

  9. gkstratos says:

    Happy Birthday Will

  10. Mia J. says:

    My 40th birthday was wonderful. We had a big cook out in the backyard with a bunch of friends and family plus my husband gave me a surprise trip to Paris oolala.

  11. agordon10 says:

    My sis-in-laws’ 40th had a kickin’ live band, a pool party and beer!

  12. The Basgier Family says:

    My parents rented a roller skating rink for my 8th birthday! It was awesome! summe21 @

  13. tatertot374 says:

    Thank you for having this!
    I would love to win. We recently had my 3 year old daughters birthday at Build a bear. It was a lot of fun and nice as no cleanup for me
    Thank you

  14. Nickolay says:

    My 21st birthday was my golden birthday and it was on a Friday. Nough said

  15. mverno says:

    when my girlfriends took me to the all male review

  16. Bethany says:

    Well. . . I have had two birthday parties in my life. They were both to be surprises, but neither were. The first was when I was 10, and the second when I was 19. The 19th was put on by good friends, and was far better than the 10th.

  17. aharris007 says:

    My 16th Birthday party, seems the whole school was there, I had no idea, my mom got my best friend to do the invite, and the best part was, I am crazy for the band kiss and gene is my favorite and my mom had an awsome cake of gene simmons in the makeup done for me, must have cost a small fortune, I Loved it and had a ball, I will never forget, I am 40 now and my friends still talk about that party

    please enter me

  18. Julie D says:

    The first year we were dating my hubby gave me a surprise party. This year is going to be a big one: 4-0. With a HUGE seafood fiesta!

  19. Michelle says:

    Birthdays were pretty low-key when I was a kid, so I would have to say my favorite memories are of my son’s birthday parties. I spend the whole year planning for them, and I love it!


  20. always_317537 says:

    I can’t remember my favorite , but i can remember a b-day party that stood out above the rest. Well , i love ketchup . And this one year , my day wrapped up and gave me a big bottle of ketchup ! πŸ™‚

  21. An iMperfect wIfe says:

    My 8th birthday was a big backyard carnival with clowns, games, and all of my friends from school. It was a lot of work for my mom I think but a lot of fun.


  22. susan1215 says:

    I had a fun skating party when I was 10

  23. Audra Marie says:

    When I came home from a trip and my mom in law, husband, and kids had a surprise party waiting for me. πŸ™‚


  24. Teresa says:

    My 16th birthday. I came home from school to a car with a huge red bow on it and all of my family waiting there witha cake. It was am amazing day!

  25. deedleweedle says:

    I never had parties as a kid, but I’ve had pizza every time since I was 2, so that is my special tradition.

  26. rebecca says:

    My 21st birthday my entire family surprised me at Hibatchi, a restaurant that I had been DYING to go to. It was quite a nice surprise and I had no idea!

    gitrecca (at) gmail (dot) com

  27. Karen says:

    My 30th was my fav πŸ™‚

    ktgonyea at

  28. Ginny says:

    I had a great slumber party with a bunch of friends in 5th grade. After that we went to middle school & you know how girls can be. It was a good party!

  29. Sharon says:

    I JUST wished Eva a happy birthday!

  30. Dana says:

    my favorite birthday party memorie was my first kiss at my 11th birthday.

  31. taysmommy says:

    Oh definetly my 21st! It was teh crazziest night of my life…would I do it again? NEVER! lol

  32. Melissa says:

    I LOVE to plan parties, I always think ahead to the next party for my kids or next party that I just want to do! My fav as a child was when my dad took 8 of us girls who were in 2nd grade out on our range land in Montana to have a hot dog roast!

  33. Jill says:

    At my 13 year old sleepover party, we scared ourselves silly with Arachnophobia! It was so fun.

  34. Melanie says:

    The last party I had was my fourteenth, wow, so so long ago. ha, but it was a luau and a lot of fun. my uncle was the d-jay.


  35. susan says:

    my 30th it was such a surprise!

  36. Anonymous says:

    My Mom used to get me this angel food-like chocolate cake with mint icing from Bennison’s Bakery for my birthday amd it was the best!

  37. rosannepm says:

    Most of my funny memories are of my kids being brats. It’s funny now that they’re older but not then. One time my four year old was giving the clown we hired a hard time over I don’t even remember what. Another time we had a graduation party and the 3rd son was teasing the 4th son and when he missed hitting the pinata my husband had to carry the youngest one in who was throwing a temper tantrum of a lifetime.

  38. rosannepm says:

    I follow your blog

  39. rosannepm says:

    Wishing Isabella a Happy 9th Birthday on February 19th

  40. Shannon says:

    going out for pizza and a movie on my birthday.

  41. mverno says:

    when my husband hired a male stripper for me and my girlfriends

  42. coliebear says:

    My favorite birthday was a sleepover complete with mini-makeovers and a midnight candy bar.i was 8.

  43. deedleweedle says:

    I never had parties as a kid, but my biggest memory of going to one was being told at 5 years old that I was the wrong kid and invited by mistake!

  44. cookiert says:

    My favorite birthday party was at Showbiz Pizza when I turned 6 years old! We almost never had big birthday parties so that one stands out.

  45. Godesseablu says:

    My favorite birthday party moment was when I was 10 years old. I had stiches on my chin at the time so my dad put on my birthday cake happy birthday rat,lol, because he said the stiches string looked like rat hairs. Thanks,

  46. masonsgranny59 says:

    Last year my twin sis and I had a 49th birthday party and bbq at my cousin’s house on the lake and watched the fireworks off her deck and had a nice visit. my mom was with us.

  47. Donna says:

    We party at Chuck E Cheese.

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